How (and why) To Cook a Whole Pastured Chicken
Does cooking a whole chicken intimidate you?
Don't think it's too hard and overwhelming to cook a chicken. If you know how to turn on your crock pot, you're golden!
But first… What's so special about these chickens? Why wouldn't you just go buy one at the grocery store??
These are not the rubbery tasteless chicken raised in confinement with zero sunshine.
Our birds get to live a chicken life 24/7 from the day they arrive!
Sunshine (minus sunshine at night, but they’re still outside with shelter;)
Scratch & Peck at bugs and anything that moves
Shelter from rain if they like
Raised in a bottomless portable coop that is pulled to fresh grass daily, right in our front yard and fed local Non-GMO feed.
If it were possible to make our chickens better, it would be the local (5 miles away) USDA inspected facility where they are processed. They use the air chilling method for cooling the birds.
Air chilling is just that, cooling the processed chickens with air. Like you, on a hot summer day with an air conditioner.
Most grocery store chicken has been cooled in a community chlorine water bath. So you're paying for extra water that shouldn't be there, plus the chlorine changes the flavor of the meat.. YUCK!
Our chicken actually tastes like, well... chicken! Most of the time I only add salt & pepper when cooking. But feel free to add what you like.
Now, how to cook that whole pastured chicken!
The easiest way to cook a whole chicken is just put it in your crock pot in the morning. Then you can forget about it all day, run your errands, “relax” with your kids at the park, then come home to a delicious home cooked meal.
Your hubby will think you slaved all day making this drool-worthy meal!
*1 whole (thawed) Hoffman’s Little Acres Chicken to your crock pot.
*Season with your favorite seasonings, salt, pepper, paprika, parsley, garlic, etc..
*Add your favorite veggies, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions... it's really all up to your family's tastes.
*Cover, turn on low for about 6-8 hours (follow your machines directions as they are all different)
Voila! Dinner, with practically no effort.
Now for the leftovers.
With our family of 6, I have to cook 2-3 chickens (depending on the size of the birds) to get leftovers. Those young ‘farmers’ work hard all day and forks-are-a-flyin' when it's supper time!
You can use the leftover chicken for chicken wraps, sandwiches, soups, etc..
Then when you think you've finished it off, make bone broth!
Put all the bones, skin, scraps, in your crock pot.
Add chopped celery, onions, garlic, carrots. How ever much you like.
Add enough water to cover
Cook on low for 24 hours (when the bones mash in your fingers it's done)
Strain. The liquid is chicken bone broth.
You can use the broth in so many different things, soups, stews, in place of water when cooking noodles or potatoes, or even just warm up a cup of broth & drink! So good for your tummy!!
Let me know how your chicken turns out! I've even heard parents say "even my picky eater will chow down!"
Glad we could help :)