(on chicken and our eating of it)
These facts relate to our own family's consumption of chicken. YOUR facts might well be (most likely be) completely different. *Vegetarians proceed with caution.*
1. We are a meat eating family and as a result, include chicken in our diets.
2. We eat chicken on average, about once a week. Roast chicken is about once a month.
3. Buying chicken, packaged, wrapped and neatly labelled in the supermarket does not make my heart sing.
4. I wonder when buying such chicken, upon looking at the free-range label picturing grassy fields..just where are those free range birds? Are they behind the photographer, stuck back up in the barn, aimlessly searching for the 'free range exit door' to those tempting grassy fields?
5. I consistently make a whole chicken last for three meals to feed a family of five. Meal one - roast with vegetables, meal two - a pie or casserole with the leftover meat/veggies plus extra vegetables added, if needed. Meal three - a soup made with the stock from the saved bones.
6. When buying chicken from the supermarket in portion form, I wonder what has happened to the rest of the bird. Thighs and breast do not a chicken make!
7. The enormous size of chicken breasts concerns and often alarms me. Sometimes I have to cut them in three (always at least twice) just to get a thin enough piece for a schnitzel. Was this always the case?
8. We are eating less chicken now than two or three years ago, due to my concerns about how they have been raised/fed. This saddens me as we really do enjoy it (or did) as a meal, plus it is so very versatile and a very kid friendly 'meat'.
9. Relating back to my thoughts on food security, along with concerns about buying chicken in an ethical way and a desire to be more connected to my food, I have been spending the past week working on a hair brained scheme. Perhaps my most hairiest brained scheme of all to date! And that my friend, Is an Absolute Fact!