We are committed to buying only organic, free range chickens. Which, by the way, is not cheap! Especially for a large family. So we make the absolute most we can out of them.
- check the store to see when the sell by date is and go buy all you can, double bag and freeze. Just don't do it at my store;)
Frugal Chicken Tip #2
- Roast not only that meals worth but also another to save money heating the oven.
We have roast chicken every Sunday for dinner, I make extra to use for leftovers on Tuesday. My meal plan has Tuesday as 'leftover chicken' day. (Anything that calls for cooked chicken)
Sunday after dinner I 'pick' the chicken and put the bones, carrots, onion, celery, water and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (to draw minerals from the bones) in my stock pot and put in fridge until morning. Refrigerate remaining chicken.
Frugal Tip # 3
- Make delicious, good for you stock all day Monday. Cool and freeze in small containers.
Now you have incredibly nutritious stock to use all week instead of chemical laden bouillion cubes!