Wednesday, February 18, 2015
I don't usually buy food that has already been prepared; the one exception is rotisserie chicken. At Sam's Club, this approximately three-pound chicken is $4.89. They are cooked there, not in some foreign place that I can't pronounce, and they are always fresh and good.
At most places, a good hamburger is more than $5, with extra costs for sides and drinks.
Here is how I stretched one rotisserie chicken:
On the first day, Hub and I had the legs and thighs with salad and cantaloupe.
On the second day, we had sliced breast sandwiches with jalapeno cheese and pickles.
On the third day, we chopped up the remaining breast meat and made chicken fajitas.
At that was left was the carcass, At one time, I threw them out at this point, but not anymore. I use it to make broth. Here is how I do it.
Put the chicken in a large sauce pan,
and cover it with three or four pints of water. If I'm using raw chicken, I would add salt and pepper. Because this chicken already contained spices, I didn't add anything.
Bring to a boil, then simmer about thirty minutes. It doesn't take as long because the chicken is already cooked. It will fall off the bone at this point. Remove the carcass from the broth,
When it is cool enough, pick the chicken off the bones.
From these bones that I used to throw away, I saved from 2 to 3 cups of chicken meat.
At this point, there are a million and a half recipes you could make with this chicken and broth. Decisions, decisions! Whatever I decide, the bottom line is this: Hub and I had four nutritious and filling meals for $4.89 plus tax and the cost of the other ingredients. If we had eaten hamburgers, fries, and drinks for four days, it would have cost about $60.
I'm offering unmitigated proof that you can eat well and eat cheap at the same time.