Waste Not, Want Not

131102 StockI’ve been buying or roasting a chicken a week for the past 3 weeks.  What started out as an easy meal actually turned into 3 plus meals, each meal probably costing about $1.00 per person or less.

The first meal is roast chicken with sides, I usually eat squash, carrots or green beans with it.  Maybe a mashed potato as well.  The second meal might be black beans and rice with chicken added.  The third meal this week was a lunch of chicken salad.  The fourth iteration is my favorite- I make and can stock.  All of these meals are for two, not a family of 5 but the reality is if you know how to cook you can stretch your food dollar quite a ways.

At this point in time I throw very little food away and chicken stock has the potential to be any number of wonderful meals.  My Saturday morning routine of late has been to throw the bird carcass in a pot with an onion, a couple of carrots and a few stalks of celery.  I cover it with 3 to 4 quarts of water, add some salt, pepper and thyme (or poultry seasoning) and let is simmer for a few hours.  I strain the broth through a colander and can it in my pressure canner – 35 minutes at 10 lbs.  It amounts to 5 or 6 pint jars when all is said and done.

Have a friend or relative with a cold or flu?  Pull out a jar and make a little soup – a delicious soup.

With the weather getting downright frigid what could be more comforting?

Waste not Want not

 

3 thoughts on “Waste Not, Want Not

  1. Now you really have my attention. I have been avoiding canning for some time. But chicken broth?! I love to roast chickens. Or boil chickens. And you make this pressure-canning procedure sound so easy. I’m going to ask for a pressure-canner for Christmas. Hey, Santa!

  2. I can’t wait to buy a pressure canner! I am so in need of one. I have been preserving for months now and it makes it quite difficult without. I have 40 pounds of black walnuts to preserve and sell and would like to put them in jars with pretty homespun tops on them.

    Friend, I love your blog! Have a most blessed day!

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