Friday, January 24, 2014

My Costly Frugal Chicken!

I have been doing a lot of research over the past several months as I'm on a mission to start feeding my family healthier meals.  One of the things I'm looking at is just where we get our food from.

I have read and heard a lot about chicken farms, and the un~healthy, antibiotic filled chickens that come from them.  The more I looked into it, the more I knew that I did not want that for my family.

When I heard that a friend was butchering chickens, I knew where I wanted to get our meat from.  She takes such good care of her chickens, that we joke her chickens eat better than our kids!   Sign me up, I'll take some!

My first surprise was the cost of the chickens!  The above chicken was almost $20!  I'm used to getting my chickens on sale at the grocery store for less than $5!  Maybe this wasn't such a great idea after all.....

My next surprise was the size of this chicken.  This bird looked like a turkey it was so big!!  I had a grocery store chicken in the freezer that looked like a game hen compared to this bird!  Ok, so I'm starting to see why this chicken was more costly than a grocery store bird.

The more I thought about this chicken, the less I thought about it in terms of money.  We were eating a chicken that was raised humanely,  fed a proper diet, was allowed to roam free, and I knew exactly where it came from.  The chicken was very tasty and tender.  It was so large that we had it for supper one night {with guests}, a lunch another day, and still had enough for several casseroles or some chicken noodle soup.  Plus I also made some delicious and very nutritious chicken broth from the carcass.  So we were going to get at least 5~6 meals from this "costly" chicken.  It no longer seems quite so costly anymore!

We also can't put a price on our health!  We are willing to spend a little more money this way, and find ways to save it elsewhere.  It is gratifying to feed our family food that is delicious, nutritious, and home~grown!

If you have a way to get a healthy chicken, I recommend it!  We're going to continue doing it!


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  1. Getting ready to raise some chickens with friends and am so excited about the experience. You are right, you cannot put a price on the health benefits!

  2. Agreeing with Michele. You can't put a price on your health. When you eat healthier too you seem to eat less.

  3. Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  4. I have a sweet friend that does home grown everything. I am sharing your blog with her today. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Very informative post, Jess. There are so many things to consider these days when buying food for your family. Locally grown, whether it be meat or vegetables, is always best, I think! The key is getting your $20 out of that chicken! Not everyone has time to make the broth and casseroles, etc. So it would definitely take some pre planning in some households. I think a lot of people are realizing that taking the time to make sure their family can eat healthy is worth the effort! Have a blessed week!


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