Why Buy a Whole Chicken?

I was talking to a mom at the Spotsylvania Farmer’s Market on Wednesday. “Do you buy your chickens whole?” I asked. And her response was perfect:

“When I was growing up, my mom always cooked with whole chickens. I didn’t even know you could go buy pieces and parts at the grocery store. But today most people are used to going and buying breasts or thighs by the pound. They have no idea that when you buy a whole chicken, you can make several meals out of it easy.”

There are many reasons why we at Grafted Farm only offer whole chicken.

It costs 50% less to buy a whole chicken at a time.

When it comes to your family, our commitment to health goes further than just what you are putting in your body – we also want you to get the best value out of a meal.

While you can buy the parts pre-cut, freeze or cook them to your liking, you are paying far more for that convenience. And don’t get me started on the comparison of buying chicken breasts from Tyson’s versus a farm-raised meat that has no antibiotics, non-GMO feed and plenty of fresh field and bugs. There is no comparison. One is food, and the other… well…

So here it is – the real cost comparison of buying a whole 6 pound chicken compared to the cuts that came from it. You are literally paying more for 2 pounds of white meat, than to buy the entire thing with 3 extra pounds of meat plus the backbone for stock and cooking fat.

As you can see, you would pay $15.13 more to buy the cuts. And if you only wanted the white meat… well then you would be paying $.50 more than to just buy the whole thing.

It takes 5 minutes to joint a raw chicken, and 0 minutes to cook it first.

Most people aren’t used to doing this, but it took me 10 minutes of youtube videos to learn how to joint a chicken and then I have the freedom to use any cuts that I want – freeze them, cook them, and put every part to use. I also love to roast the whole bird, and then pick it apart. I promise it makes the best chicken salad you’ve ever had.

Make 3-4 meals for a large family, or freeze the cuts if it’s just you.

You can literally make several meals out of a whole chicken. For my family of 6 (5 of us are actually eating solids 😉 ) I will make kabobs on the grill, chicken tacos, chicken salad and then potentially have enough leftover to make a soup with hearty bone broth. I also LOVE using the fat (called schmaltz).

Our advice? Learn to Joint a Chicken

Here are some fantastic resources to get you started:

The Farmer's Wife