I got an organic chicken from Costco last week, actually two. I was wondering if it was way over priced, or if the value of food that I got was worth it. It proved to be worthwhile for me. I put it in my standard sized crock pot with some fresh ground pepper and sea salt and cooked it on low from about 6 a.m. until nap time, then I let it cool until after dinner. I pulled all the meat off, and it mostly filled an 8×8 pyrex with shredded chicken. I left all the skin pieces and bones in the crock pot, filled it with filtered water and put it on Low overnight. In the morning I strained that all through my colandar (a strainer might have worked better, but this was what I had and was fine) and filled mason jars with the stock. See how nice and gelatenous the stock is? That’s after cooling in the fridge and is a good thing. (nutrition information for stock here and here). Quite a bit of chicken fat rose to the top, which we are using as fat in our savory dishes, like stir fry, by scooping it off the top. (But isn’t saturated fat bad? Read here to learn about that myth)
I’ll buy these chickens again at this price. I got a whole week’s worth of chicken salad for hubby out of this one, plus a few sandwiches for Hannah and I, plus this Wednesday-is-Mexican-food-but-I-didn’t-have-any-tortillas casserole last night. (jasmine rice, shredded chicken, salsa, olives, cheese layered in a loaf pan, covered with foil, and baked at 350 for about 30 minutes)
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