I’ve been doing my crock pot chickens now once a week since May. I’m buying the more expensive organic chickens at Costco, which usually works out to around $12. Since we’ve been able to give up gross nitrate-laden nonorganic lunch meat, it’s been about a wash in our budget.
I’ve found that a chicken’s worth of meat makes all 5 sandwiches for hubby, and another 3 or so for me, plus I can add some chicken to quesadillas or burritos or something during the week. And the broth and fat are a great addition to rice, bread, and anything else savory that needs liquid.
I personally find that when I pay a little more for organic, and have to work a little more (doing this chicken rather than buying lunch meat) I ‘respect’ the food more and tend to waste less and take better care in preparing our meals. I’m slowly switching over to more and more organics, but keeping our same food budget just by being more careful with what we have.
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