We raised our own meat birds this summer.
They had a pretty happy life with a grassy area to roam and a wheelbarrow of greens thrown in the munch on every day.
We took them in at 10.5 weeks and had an over 8 lb average on those babies. (Should have been processed the week before thanksgiving, not great plannning on our behalf!!!)
What to do with an 8 lb chicken let alone the 11.65 lb ones.......????
Value for money that's what.
I cooked one 8 lb chicken for the 5 of us. A $36 bird.
One gorge on roast chicken, stuffing, carrots, patooties, gravy etc.
Next night I made butter chicken curry (don't tell anyone but the sauce was from a jar and "tarted" up) and lucky me had leftovers for lunch the next day.....
Next night we had chicken quesadillas....
Then I made two deep dish pot pies with more than 2 cups of meat in each one. (Maybe even more than 3!)
Also 2 cups of homemade chicken stock in each one.
One we ate (and had leftovers for lunch the next day) and one I froze.
FIVE MEALS!!! (and 3 lunches!)
Now why would anyone pay $25/3 birds at the local grocery? 3 carcasses, not as much meat and who knows what kind of life they led??
Louisa's Deep Dish Chicken Pie (ideas from a bunch of different recipes on the net.....)
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
2+ cups chopped chicken
1 med onion chopped
garlic cloves (I put about 4 or 5 in)
salt and pepper to taste
one pie I put cumin the other nutmeg/thyme
1+ cups chopped carrots
1+ cups chopped grean beans (I have an excess......so I chopped them the size of peas....)
chopped leftover potatoes
1 cup chopped chanterelle mushrooms
I cooked it all up on the stove while I made the crust and thickened with flour (about 1/3 cup)
2.5 cups white flour
1 cup butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup icy water + 1-4 Tablespoons
I made it in my kitchenaid with the flat beater.
until pea sized lumps....
Makes top and bottom crust.
I put them in deeper dishes that the crust fit......
Put in the oven at 425 for 30+ minutes. Crust looks ready and contents are bubbling
The one I froze I half cooked.
Shoulda taken a photo!