|Clockwise starting at small crock pot: broth and chicken for soup, crock to fill with scraps to make more broth, "cutting plate", pile-o-chicken to clean and separate, chicken for the freezer.|
From my one chicken I had enough meat for five meals. I also had enough broth for 2 batches of soup, gravy for the pot pie, a quart for the frig (used this week in making rice), a pint for the freezer and a pint or more for making dog food. Every night (Tuesday through Thursday) the crock pot (on low) cooked the bones to produce the nutrient-rich, golden liquid. To learn more about the benefits of bone broth read this article.
Monday: Ok, this wasn't any work. I took my bird out of the freezer.
Tuesday: Put the chicken in the crock pot with a handful of carrots and potatoes for dinner. After dinner I added water to the remaining chicken/bones and left to cook overnight.
|Straining the broth|
Thursday: Pot Pie with reserved chicken and more broth. Bones put back into the crock, topped with water and vinegar to cook on low over night.
|2 qt. of broth, COFFEE, AVKO Sequential Spelling, freezer chicken, pot pie|
This is what I do while the daycare kids are napping ~ drink coffee while giving a spelling lesson to the boy while making/prepping for dinner.
CHICKEN POT PIE
Veggies (I used frozen peas and carrots)
Chicken (I used about 3/4 cup)
Gravy (butter, flour and broth)
Biscuits (baking mix, coconut oil and milk)
Confession....I HATE making pie crusts. Maybe one of these days I'll devote a week to make pie crust every day so that I can perfect this art. It's not hard. It's just not something that I have the patience for. Besides the store bought crusts are fairly inexpensive and SO easy. Fill crust with veggies, chicken and gravy. To make gravy, melt 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of flour to make a roux. Add chicken broth and stir until thick.
Top with biscuits and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Friday: Dog Food. Bones, scrap meat and broth that were soaked over night were put into a stock pot and brought to a boil. Once boiling, heat was turned down to simmer. I simmered until I was able to crush the bones by squeezing with my fingers. Once the bones were "crush-able" I pureed this mixture in the blender. I worry about bones, not only for the health of my favorite pooch but also to avoid expensive vet bills, so I actually get my fingers dirty and squeeze the puree to make sure all the bones have been completely softened/pureed. Anything that feels hard or jagged gets thrown.
Saturday: Creamy Chicken Rice Soup
A cup of chicken, Bhutan Red Rice (my new favorite rice) and a quart of broth, sprinkle of pepper and a big sprinkle/shake of nutmeg. Make roux with 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of flour, add milk....maybe about a cup (sorry. I really need to start measuring....), stir well and add to soup.
|The view in my frig at one point during the week.|
Good thing my family likes chicken.
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