On Tuesday the farmer called me (I buy my beef, my turkey at Thanksgiving, and sometimes chicken from the local farmer) and said he had fresh chickens that were ready to go. Several benefits here:
1) no hormones, injections, etc
2) raised outside in natural surroundings on a farm, not in a factory
3) much larger than grocery store chickens, usually twice as big or more
4) fresh, never been frozen
These babies are big. I don’t have a kitchen scale, only my postage scale, and that tops out at 7 pounds. I was still holding quite a bit of the weight of the chicken as I tried to rest it on the scale. No go, kept topping out. I’m going to guess these were 9-10 pound chickens. I pay $10.00 per chicken.
I’m sure there were some gasps at first. $10.00? For a chicken?? Let’s think about this though. A chicken in the grocery store, on average, weighs about 4 pounds. When they go ON SALE they are $0.98/pound. So if I just bought a fresh, better for me chicken that weighs 10 pounds for $10.00, well heck, sounds like a good deal to me!
I put one in the freezer and slow roasted the other that same night. I’ve posted the recipe for Sticky Chicken that I used for this before, only that time I cooked it in the crock pot. This time I slow roasted in the oven (also in the instructions). I of course, had to add a little time and upped the temperature by 25 degrees as the recipe calls for a 4 pound chicken.
Funny thing is, when I brought this to the table my husband said “Holy crap. That looks like a mini turkey!”
Ha ha! Well look at the roasting pan the chicken is sitting in. That’s a roasting pan that holds my 25 pound turkey at Thanksgiving!
So we sat and enjoyed our fresh, no hormone, never frozen, raised on a real farm chicken. Afterward I placed the chicken in a large plastic bag and put it in the fridge overnight. The next day I removed all the meat, separating white and dark.
The dark meat I used for chicken enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce. The white meat I still have, though I did use some of it in a tortilla wrap for lunch today.
Lastly, the carcass and a bunch of scrap onions, onion skins, celery leaves, and carrot peelings I’ve been collecting in the freezer went into a big pot of water. Brought it to a boil and simmered half the day to make lots of homemade chicken broth.
I don’t play along often enough in Fight Back Fridays, so I am entering this post in that event :)
What did you do that was thrifty this week?