Thursday, November 04, 2004

WDIDWT? Whole Chickens

Has anyone come across instructions on how to dismember a whole chicken? We have a relatively inexpensive source for organic chickens, but they come whole. Usually I just toss the whole beastie in the crockpot and then take the meat off for casseroles, but every once in awhile I want a dish with distinct chicken pieces. And I've never been able to find instructions on where to cut to get those neat little drumsticks and thighs and breasts. So I just hack away, a tedious and messy process which severely imperils my fingers.

It might not help any, but it seems like a nice clear diagram would be useful.

7 comments:

the Joneses said...

Well, I checked my trusty Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, and it gave no diagram. I'm pretty crushed, as it's always come through before. I don't deal with whole chickens myself, so I have no experience to share. So now I'm curious, too. Isn't there someone to come to our rescue? -- SJ

Nathan & Alison said...

I pulled out my copy of The Joy of Cooking and the beginning of their poultry chapter had very detailed instructions on how to do this very thing. They even had 3 pages of diagrams! If you don't already own this cookbook I'm sure you can get a copy at your local library. Our libraries all seem to have a copy of it.

Queen of Carrots said...

Thanks, I'll have to look for it. I think I passed up a chance to get a copy at the last library book sale, but I'm sure I can borrow it somewhere.

Then the problem will be following the instructions without getting chicken gook all over a library book. Bleck.

the Joneses said...

Oooh, I knew Joy of Cooking would pop up! According to several experienced moms, most cooks swear by one or the other; the rivalry between BH&G and JoC is almost denominational. Now I'll have to search BH&G more carefully in an attempt to redeem its reputation.

-- SJ

Queen of Carrots said...

Does JoC come in a nice three-ring binder that flops open to the page you want?

I don't think anything should be considered a cookbook unless it lies flat on its own.

the Joneses said...

Indeed! I wonder at your knowing any cookbooks at all!

Nathan & Alison said...

Unfortunately JoC is built like a dictionary. It's a beast! :-P I must confess that I prefer using my cookbooks with pictures because I like to see what I'm going to get. (Or what my efforts should have looked like!)