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Cooking & Baking

In reply to the discussion: I would like to propose, [View all]

chowmama

(426 posts)
7. Frugal living and cooking are important to me.
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 12:48 PM
Mar 2024

I do the 'stock up when I can and live off stock when I can't' technique all the time.

For example, yesterday I did my two co-op chickens thing. Just got paid, can afford it. The chickens are whole, organic/free range, and weigh, ideally, between 4-5 pounds. These were 4.4# and 5.6#, respectively. I'm cutting them up today.

Wing tips, necks, backs and ribs go in the freezer soup bag. Breasts get cut off the ribs (but skin left on) and frozen individually on a small sheet pan. Breast 'tenders' and any largish chunks of meat off the backs get cut up and put in a separate freezer container for stir-fry or such - it's usually about a pound of meat, so will make a good-sized batch of casserole, stir-fry or chicken noodle soup. Some or all of the thighs and legs may be used right away, but I usually put half of them in the freezer as well. The wings get separated into pieces and go into the wing bucket in the freezer.

The expenditure is not small, but I get at least 18 servings (9 meals, since we are 2 people). At this size chicken, one piece is a meat serving. In the case of the breasts, often 2 servings each. So - 4 breasts (8 servings), 1 pound stir-fry meat (2 servings), 4 legs and 4 thighs (8 servings).

The wings just hang out till I get enough of them. The soup scraps wait for at least 2 gallon bags full, at which point I make a big batch of broth, which I can. Since I ignore the vegetables and energy used, I consider this 'free' and I often get close to 2 gallons of good broth.

The rest of the pay period, I'll only buy any necessary perishables like milk. Tonight, I'm going to keep half of the smaller chicken in one piece and roast it - this will give us a couple good meals and maybe some scraps for soup or saucing it in gravy and serving it over biscuits.

Half of 'Junior' and all o f'Gargantua' are getting cut up as above and going in the freezer.

I would like to propose, [View all] kozar Mar 2024 OP
Sides MotownPgh Mar 2024 #1
Try frugal living quaint Mar 2024 #2
Did this help? kozar Mar 2024 #3
me, too quaint Mar 2024 #15
Good idea.... FarPoint Mar 2024 #4
I believe, kozar Mar 2024 #5
1 pre-roasted whole chicken 4 meals mainer Mar 2024 #6
Frugal living and cooking are important to me. chowmama Mar 2024 #7
My vote was yes, but this just made me think of my former favorite cooking show, The Frugal Gourmet. Lunabell Mar 2024 #8
There is a TV station...Tastemade channel... FarPoint Mar 2024 #9
I fllowxFrankie on FB kozar Mar 2024 #11
I'd love to see everyone's soup recipes happybird Mar 2024 #10
The siup i eat, MrsK kozar Mar 2024 #12
Sounds good! happybird Mar 2024 #13
I agree. We eat a lot of soup. Easy to prepare. Delicous comfort food. Trueblue1968 Mar 2024 #14
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