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,
Fried chicken – used the 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, 2 wings dredged in flour and until crispy and golden. Saved the cooking oil and flour….
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.
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….
Salad – use those bits of chicken meat and top off a chef salad
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.
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.
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)
“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
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.
Cold, windy, blustery, and a bit of snow flurries. Forecasted up to 5 inches, but i sure hope we miss that!
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
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)