Today has been cold and miserable so I decided to do some extra cooking. Our kids even had a snow day and didn't have school today. Bridgette went out with me this morning to do some of the chores. By the expression on her face, I don't think she was enjoying the snow very much. If you click on the picture you will get a full screen view of the photo. Just remember to click the back arrow on your browser to get back to the blog.
I just got done cooking two of our chickens and ended up with a little over 14 cups of chicken meat for casseroles and such! Hard to believe, huh!? But I kid you not. I cooked two of my big chickens, 7 lbs. each in my big canning pot on top of the stove. Just filled the pot with the chickens, enough water to cover the chickens, a little salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder for flavoring, brought the pot to a boil, turned it down to a simmer, covered with the lid and cooked for a couple of hours. When the meat started falling off the bone, I took the chickens out of the water and put them a large roasting pan to cool.
When they were cool enough to handle, I pulled all the meat from the bones. I then bagged the chicken meat into quart freezer bags measuring out two cups of meat for each bag. I had seven bags with about a cup of meat left over. I then took the bags and froze them so I'd have cut up chicken meat ready for casseroles or what ever I need it for. I have enough chicken ready for at least 7 meals. This has been a huge time-saver for me and I do it all the time. When I use the last bag in the freezer I cook up two more chickens. I also have close to 16 cups of chicken broth.
I'll post the recipe to one my family's favorite casseroles tomorrow. It is called Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole. YUM!!
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I grew up in a small Western Nebraska town, Mitchell. My stepfather was a piano tuner and my mother was a legal secretary. I feel like I grew up under normal circumstances, what ever normal is!
I have lived several places and have held many different occupations from my first job, working at a doggie grooming salon, to fast food joints, waitressing at a country club to family diners, ski lift operator, administrative assistant, restaurant manager, piano tuner, bank teller, para for SPED kids in junior high school, construction worker, to my husband's hired hand.
My husband and I married in 1996 and have four boys. Nick who is currently stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico, serving our country in the United States Airforce, Colton who is currently attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Chris who lives in Kearney and works for Charter Communications and finally Skyler who is a senior at Morrill High School. We own and operate our own family run business, Open A Bar 2 Ranch, LLC which is an all natural beef operation and a pastured poultry operation.