Call it frugal, call it cheap, call it what you want, but one thing homesteaders do well is utilize the items and ingredients they have to their fullest potential. I’ve always hated waste, especially wasting food, and besides that, I’ve been keeping myself on a fairly strict budget lately. Chicken is great because it goes on sale often and is a super versatile ingredient. Who doesn’t have a few easy chicken recipes in their meal rotation? Recently split chicken breast was .89 a pound, which is a pretty great price.
You probably already know that split chicken breast is bone in, and skin on. I didn’t want either, so I deboned and skinned the chicken before I cooked it. And that in itself made 6 meals for me. But why let the rest of it go to waste?
If you try this once, you will do it over and over again!
I put the leftovers in a pot of water, and added a few carrots and most of an onion. Then I boiled it all for a few hours to extract the flavors. Once I was satisfied with the broth, or rather, decided I was done waiting around for it, I strained the chicken and vegetables out. That made me two beautiful pints of fresh chicken broth, which I’ll be using this weekend for a batch of hearty, warming, homemade soup(dill pickle soup, if you must know. Don’t judge it until you try it because it’s amazing).That will make about 6 more servings, and THAT, my friends, makes me feel great.