Don’t Be Chicken of the Chicken – Part 3 of 3
By now you have figured out that I am pretty crazy about using whole chickens. They’re super easy to prepare and they save me lots of money and time in the kitchen. What’s more to love???? You know those old knife commercials where, at the very end, they say, “But wait, there’s more!!!!!!”. That’s what Part 3 in this series is.
But wait, there’s more!!!!
What if I could tell you that, after you have eaten your whole chicken, every single one of them will give you $4 worth of goodness for FREE!!!!
Crazy, right? It’s like your chicken is stuffed with four bucks. This takes “Show me the Money” to a whole new level. Imagine if there were actually four $1 bills sticking out of every whole chicken at the grocery store. That would be crazy, right? Now, imagine that whole chickens are on sale and you can buy one for $4. And there’s still four $1 bills sticking out. What would you be thinking if you were at the store – if the chicken cost $4 and there were four $1 bills sticking out??? You would be thinking, THAT CHICKEN IS FREE!!! I better buy it and learn how to cook it! You would find a way – get over your fear and uncertainty – and learn to cook the chicken, right?
Well, at the center of every single whole chicken is a free $4. And I am going to show you how to cash in on that money.
So, what’s this $4 of free goodness at the center of every whole chicken? It’s bones. That carcass is worth $4. Isn’t that crazy? Those bones you have considered a nuisance and thrown in the trash will yield about 64 oz of rich, tasty, nourishing broth. Where I live, decent broth is $2 for each 32 oz carton – and I don’t really see it go on sale. And, even the good store-bought broth will never compare with the rich taste of homemade broth. I promise you, once you make your own, you will never want to buy it at the store again. The taste is unrivaled. Best… soup… ever.
There are a lot of articles out there about the benefits of making your own bone broth. I am not a nutritionist or food science expert, so I can’t cover the benefits here. If you want to learn more about the possible benefits of bone broth, check out this article here. I am here to save you money and time while eating a nutrient rich whole food diet. So, I am just going to cover the savings (check), the superior taste of homemade (check) and then make sure you know how to make it.
So, how do you make your own broth?
Would you believe me if I told you that making broth is just about the easiest thing you can ever make? It is truly a dump-and-go recipe. Takes me about 5 minutes.
I have used 2 methods to make my broth– the crock pot and the Instant Pot. Both use the same recipe (or lack of recipe) – only the cooking time changes.
Bone Broth Recipe
- Carcass of 1 Chicken
- Veggie Scraps (I use carrots, celery, and onion because I always have those around)
- Water to cover everything
- A splash of Apple Cider Vinegar
When I make it in the Crock Pot, I throw it all in, put it on low and cook for 24 hours.
When I make it in the Instant Pot, I throw it all in, put it on Manual for 4 hours.
These cooking times yield a gelatinous bone broth. If you just need a quick broth or stock, you can shorten the times. I don’t know by how much, because I always go the full distance for the bone broth.
That’s it!!! Really!!!! SO EASY!!!!
You will love the taste – I can pretty much promise that. And, even more than that, you are going to love cashing in on that free $4 at the center of every chicken. I hope you never look at the whole chickens in the grocery store the same.
I hope this series has helped you see the value in the whole chicken. If you haven’t had a chance to see the rest of the series, be sure to check out Part 1, and Part 2 of Don’t Be Chicken of the Chicken. They play a big role in my Dinner for a Dollar savings and I hope that, after reading this series, you will give them a try. They’re easier than you think and will save you tons of time and money!
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