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Buying Tips

Check the “Sell By” date on the package. This date indicates the last day the bird should be offered for sale. Meat and poultry should be prepared as soon as possible after the date of purchase, and used beyond the Sell By date only occasionally, if at all. Fresh quail should be odor-free and have clean skin with no pinfeathers. Frozen quail should be wrapped in an airtight package.


The bobwhite American quail is hunted and enjoyed in the South. The most commonly available quail is farm-raised and can be purchased at specialty stores fresh or frozen.

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