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Old 10-27-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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The economics of the whole chicken

I roasted a whole chicken a few weeks ago (beer can method). it came out smokey and delicous but it got me to thinking about the economics of whole chickens. Based on my estimate of how much meat I got off the whole chicken it doesn't seem that much more economical than buying boneless, skinless breasts when they're on sale ($1.99/pound).

We usually stock up on about 20 pounds of chicken breasts when they're on sale.

Has anyone else found whole chickens to not provide that much savings?

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:47 AM   #2
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I guess you could be on to something there. I like buying the whole chickens because I can cut it up how I would like for my cooking/recipes. Some chickens get cut up into parts. Some, bigger parts. Just depends what I have on the menu. The best thing I like about buying whole chickens is having the carcass left over to make chicken stock. On the occasions where I cook a whole chicken... there is always enough chicken left over to make chicken tortilla soup.

I think it is a bargain for me. Only being two in my family, a whole chicken goes a long way for us!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:58 AM   #3
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I agree with Miss Sattie....The bird enters my front door whole, and only the bones exit the back door. There is no waste. Chicken backs, wig tips etc make excellent stock. I also buy parts --- mostly bone-in breast --when the price is right. I also look for "wangs' on sale for those times when I wanna have a "wang' cookin. I buy thighs on occassion for some "stew" type recipes we like!!
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:08 PM   #4
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I've never done an exact calculation of cost per pound.

If you buy a quantity of whole chickens on sale for $0.69 to $0.79 a pound and have the skill and willingness to break them down, you have the option of boneless and skinless breasts and thighs or bone-in breasts and thighs plus wings and drumsticks. as meal components.

You also have the backbones, gizzards and hearts, along with the bones fropm the other parts either before or after they are cooked all to make a stock. That leaves the livers. You can use those to make chopped liver for sandwiches.

Around here, none of the cut up chicken parts are as inexpensive as whole chickens, either when they are on sale or not, so you would think there is a gain. Especially when you include the broth that can cost $2.00- $3.00 a quart to buy in a carton or can.

None of this is important if you are not willing to do the work.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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Uncle Bob, please tell me what a "wang' is. No clue. I would have thought wing but for the " ' marks.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:38 PM   #6
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Uncle Bob, please tell me what a "wang' is. No clue. I would have thought wing but for the " ' marks.
A "Wang" is a wing!....A slang term maybe...

Wouldn't you much rather --- be sittin on da front porch jes a swangin----than to be sitting on the front porch just a swinging???

Tell da truth now!!!
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:50 PM   #7
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Uncle Bob, please tell me what a "wang' is. No clue. I would have thought wing but for the " ' marks.



Turn up your speakers! Get ready to pat your foot!

Ah---NO!!---- people in the South don't really talk like this.. Well maybe a few

Please notice... momma is in the kitchen cutin up a chicken to fry!

Have Fun & Enjoy!!
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:30 PM   #8
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I tend to buy boneless skinless breasts frozen for baking and I get whole birds to cook up for stock and shredding the meat to use in recipes that call for already cooked chicken. I'll cook two birds at once, save the broth, remove the meat from the bones and package it up into small containers and freeze it.
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:34 PM   #9
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1.99 a lb? wow nice

my birds our here are about .79 -.89 cents also and i prefer to buy the whole bird.

I jsut do so much with it that it produces more buying it whole then paying someone to hack it apart and doing all that for me.
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:41 PM   #10
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I'm another that prefers whole chickens. A boneless skinless breast is about as exciting as watching Days Of Our Lives in slo-mo.
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