Divvy Up A Chicken

How do you parcel out a whole chicken for making several meals?  Or is your family large enough to require one or more whole birds at a meal?  Or do you make up one recipe for the whole thing and enjoy leftovers?

Since there are only three of us at home now, I don’t mind divvying up parts and pieces into several different meals.  For the past couple days, we enjoyed a 4.25 lb broiler from Pigeon Creek Farms in five different entrees.  Now, i must admit that they were small meals, so these may not be enough individually if you are outside working hard.

After cutting up the thawed chicken,

  1. Fried chicken – used the 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, 2 wings dredged in flour and until crispy and golden.  Saved the cooking oil and flour….
  2. Chicken gravy – used the saved cooking oil and flour stirred in, added milk and heated through to make thick country gravy.  Use on the chicken, smashed potatoes, or over torn pieces of bread.
  3. Chicken broth – placed the back and bones from the breast meat into 3 cups of water, brought to a boil and simmered for a couple hours.  Tear bits of meat off the bone to add to broth or….
  4. Salad – use those bits of chicken meat and top off a chef salad
  5. Chicken Kiev – had never made it before and likely won’t again.  It’s tasty, but not worth the extra work.  Not even as tasty as fried chicken or spatchcocked chicken, both of which are much easier to prepare.

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Fried Chicke
Fried Chicken. Parts of chicken dredged in flour and fried in olive oil
Boiled chicken parts and bones
The back and the bone that i removed from the breast are boiled and simmered in about 3 cups of water.
Flour and oil for gravy
Use any leftover fried chicken flour and add to hot frying oil.

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Chicken Kiev
Chicken Kiev
Chicken Kiev Recipe
Chicken Kiev Recipe

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Find Local Food Producers!

Web search sites to help consumers find producers of all sorts of food products near you or available for shipping.  CSA’s, farmer’s markets, and all sorts of shopping opportunities.  Be sure to check to see if your own state has a state buyer’s guide!  and be sure to let me know of any i missed.

Local Harvest

EatWild.com

USABeef

Rodale Institute

Missouri Agriculture Directory

AgriMissouri Buyer’s Guide

Farm to Consumer Legal Defense

Local Producers’ websites or contact information.  These are just some in my circle of knowledge, you’ll have to search out those in your area.

Kiowa Hills Ranch

Missouri Milk Maid

Chad and Emily Fisher 816.804.8571 Pasture finished beef – Northwest central Missouri

Sue Stropes, sue.stropes@gmail.com, mobile 816.405.9545, grassfinished hamburger, eggs. Chilhowee, MO

Several others in our area, but these are the only ones who asked to be listed here.

 

Soap, Soap, & More Soap!

All the deodorant soaps were left after i made that big batch of facial soaps.  So it’s been super cold, windy, and rainy – time to finish up that project.  I found plenty more soaps around at my father-in-law’s house – hopefully, these are the last of the old, old hotel soaps.

I found some more suitably sized pots and managed to guess the right amount that would fit in each of the blocks. This amount was MUCH easier for me to stir.  You can adjust the amounts, but these are the percentages.

  • 4 cups ground soap
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups of oils (i used olive oil, coconut oil, bits of glycerin and castor oils, & shea butter)
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the deodorant soaps melted nicely
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Bottles of old glycerin – might as well – not any good sitting in a bottle
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First batch was that bit of glycerin, 1/2 cup shea butter, and about 1 1/4 cup coconut oil

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Facial Soap Upcycling
Oddly, the facial soaps were really hard to break down to melting – lots of stirring. I started with my big spatula, then finally able to whisk it slowly.
Facial Soap finally smooth
Patience finally paid off on that lumpy facial soap batch.  To this facial soap batch, i added 1 cup coconut oil and 1 cup shea butter.  Just using up extra supplies.
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Wrapped up to slowly cool for 24 hours.
Soap block
Soap molds from Essential Depot.
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Three batches cut and laid out to cure.  Basically just to dry out.  No lye is involved in upcycling since the soap is already saponified.

Shabbat Shalom!

 

“My heart is steadfast O God.
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.”
-Psalm 108:1-2

Zemer Levav

As Long As I Breathe – Album by Zemer Levav

 

From the album “As Long As I Breathe”  (available for download on Spotify)

Sabbath Song

 

 

 

Broody Hen

This is a dorky video, but this young hen wants to be a mommy SO badly, yet she is well behaved and does not peck or bite me when i collect the eggs beneath her, so i thought i’d share with you how a broody hen reacts when disturbed.

If i had a purebred Welsummer rooster, i’d let her lay and set on some fertilized eggs so she could raise some chicks, but i don’t.  Of course, these eggs are not fertilized and will never develop embryos.  These Welsummers, purchased from Cacklehatchery, are the most entertaining, friendly (though are easily startled), beautiful hens i’ve ever raised.  They are excellent layers to boot.

 

I had a few repairs to make to the eggmobile since its high profile encourages it to be blown over in heavy winds, which we seem to get more of these past few years.  I have rigged a way to support it so it doesn’t blow over anymore.

Anyway, collected these few eggs a bit early in the day because it’s a bit wet and muddy and the hens sometimes come into the nesting boxes with muddy feet, soiling the eggs.

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Truly pastured hens protected from ground predation with Premier 1 Supplies’ PoultryNet.  This is the best netting i’ve found for performance and ease of handling.  I bought two of the 100 foot green rolls (product number 207001).  It is still a bit heavy.  They also offer a 50 foot version (207002).  They also offer the plastic nesting pads which are excellent – forget straw, paper, chips – these keep the eggs cleaner and the hens can’t scratch them out of place.  Item #5404120

 

 

 

 

Winter Advisory = Beef Chili

Homemade Beef Chili
Home Made Beef Chili

Cold, windy, blustery, and a bit of snow flurries.  Forecasted up to 5 inches, but i sure hope we miss that!

Beef Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs grass finished ground beef
  • 1/3 cup dried minced onion flakes or one large fresh onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder ((optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dried cilantro or parsley flakes (double for fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or up to 10 cloves of fresh garlic)
  • 6 cups water or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dried red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup dried navy beans
  • 1/2 cup dried black beans
  • 45 ounces or so tomato sauce

Directions:

In a 6 quart kettle, brown the 2 lbs ground beef; drain if necessary.  Add all ingredients except tomato sauce, to pot and bring to boil, stir, cover, and lower heat to slow boil.  Simmer at least 3 hours or until beans are softened.

Stir in 45 ounces or so of tomato sauce.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Notes:  adjust ingredients as desired – flexibility is key in cooking – use whatever combination of beans you like.  Chopped tomatoes work as well and gives a different texture to the chili.  (see cover photo)

Enjoy!

tauna

 

Garlic
Home grown garlic cloves (dientes)