If you’re willing to put in a few extra minutes in the kitchen, I can tell you how to have better tasting food and save money. I sound like an infomercial salesman, I know! But I’m not Billy Mays. I’m still alive.
So next time you’re in the mood for chicken, buy a whole bird. Do what this video tells you and you’ll have all the pieces you’d get separately in the store, only cheaper. Cook them however you want. Buttermilk pan fry? Oven roasted? Sure. If you’re single, the meat’ll that’ll last you a week. A couple should have enough meat for three or four meals. A family of four could get at least two meals out of a bird.
After eating skillet roast legs and thighs last week, we had chicken, mushroom and pepper pizza on a homemade yeast crust.
Eat and enjoy, just don’t throw away the bones and carcass.
Once all the meat’s deboned, toss the inedible parts into a stock pot. Throw in two onions, two celery stalks and two carrots, all coarsely chopped. Toss in a few pealed cloves of garlic and a couple of bay leaves, then fill it up with about 10 cups of water. Add salt, maybe 3 or 4 tablespoons. Stir. Bring it to a boil, turn down the heat to medium-low, throw on a lid and forget about it for 1.5 hours. Skip the greasy spots on top and you’ve got homemade broth that’s delicious and cheaper than the stuff you’d get at the store. And it should be enough for almost two soups, depending on the size of your clan. It should stay good in your refrigerator for a week or two. For longer preservation you could freeze it, or if you’re real ambitious you could can the stock..
So out of a $5 chicken, you get between three and six meals. Not bad at all. Also, you know what exactly went into those meals, another plus.