Maybe most important, farm food itself is totally different from what most people now think of as food: none of those colorful boxed and bagged products, precut, parboiled, ready to eat, and engineered to appeal to our basic desires. We were selling the opposite: naked, unprocessed food, two steps from the dirt.
Kristin Kimball from The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love
This quote came to mind when I was reading my friend DeeDee’s post over at Not Dabbling earlier this week. She’s just starting her journey away from processed food and was struggling with using a whole chicken to make soup.
One of the easiest ways to get back to eating REAL food over processed is to start buying food in it’s original form. This way you’re getting whole foods, which are healthier and produce less waste; not to mention you get more for your money when buying whole foods. Take a chicken for example: We buy a whole chicken and roast it, which provides us with 2-3 meals of roasted chicken. The leftover bits, bones, wings, and any uneaten chicken, gets thrown into a pot with some vegetables and a bit of vinegar and is simmered for 2 days to make stock. I can then pull out the few remaining bones (some of them will dissolve into the stock) and either freeze it for future meals, or add more vegetables, the leftover deboned chicken and make a big pot of soup. The stock/soup will feed us for 5-8 more meals.
A pastured chicken will cost from $10-$15 depending on it’s size and the market you live in. That’s a great deal for so many meals, only a dollar or so each. It would be far more expensive for us to purchase boneless skinless chicken breasts, and we wouldn’t be getting the bones for nourishing stock or the skin and fat with all the healthy vitamins. Chicken cooked with the bone and skin on is also much tastier than it’s naked counterpart.
What’s your favorite whole food, two steps from dirt, to cook with? Which is your least favorite?
My all time favorite chicken recipe is: Crispy Sticky Chicken Thighs from Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life.