Thursday, July 24, 2008

Old Fashioned Down-Home Cooking'

As part of my quest to simultaneously save the environment and save money, I bought a whole chicken. No, not a live chicken. A dead, already plucked and packaged chicken. What does that have to do with the saving money and the environment, you may ask? Well, first of all it was a lot cheaper than the boneless, skinless chicken breasts I normally buy. Only $3.50 for a 4 1/2 pound chicken. I roasted it in the oven with potatoes and carrots, and a sauce of honey, garlic, butter, rosemary, and salt. It was delicious, and fed 6 people with a bit leftover. I saved the carcass, which still had a bit of meat on it, and the next day simmered it with some stuff to make homemade chicken broth, to which I added some tortellini and herbs for a delicious chicken soup. Then I gave the skin and fatty parts of the chicken to the dog for dinner. Using every bit of that chicken (except the bones) made me feel less wasteful than usual. It was a good feeling! All for just $3.50.