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7 Things we could Make at Home instead of Buying


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I’m not talking about having chickens scrubbing around for worms in your back garden. I’m talking about our habits of buying pre-processed birds. The manufacturers add cost to chicken when they pay people to butcher them on your behalf, so if you like chicken, and you know how to chop one up, buying a whole chicken can prove a very efficient way of eating good quality meat. The next time you are in the market, have a look at the price of two chicken breast fillets, and then have a look at the price of a whole bird, and tell me you’re not paying a lot for the convenience of butchering.

Most people buy a whole chicken to roast, which is a wonderful use of the bird. But rather than roasting a whole chicken you can also chop it up into thighs, legs, wings and breasts, and have them in a casserole, or make your own deep fried chicken to the Lieutenant Colonel’s recipe.

The correct technique for butchering a bird (as well as a great recipe for fried chicken) can be found in Tim Haywards book, Food DIY. I have mentioned Tim’s book in my earlier post on cold smoking salmon at home.

I really rate Tim’s attitude to food. He is a man after my own heart. His approach is about as far as it is possible to get from the faddy gluten free, meat free, taste free diets so popular with the yummy mummies nowadays. It is a wholesome approach which connects us back to the ingredients of our meals. In our appreciation of  our food, it benefits us more .

This post has already been read 2869 times!' Andrew • February 24, 2015

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