Earlier this week we noted that one of our local grocery stores was offering 40lb boxes of boneless, skinless chicken breasts at $1.39/lb. With that we were off to the store on Thursday and picked up a box. We quickly divided it up into separate bags and placed them into our freezer. What a great deal!
Later that evening Cassie mentioned that she wanted to make chicken salad sandwiches for the next day’s lunch. At that, an idea popped into my head! Why not buy another 40lb box with this awesome deal, cook, chop and freeze it! So yesterday morning, I was off to the store with the kids to pick up another box.
I don’t know if we understood how much work it would be but we jumped right into it. We washed the chicken with Eat Cleaner Ready to Use Seafood + Poultry Wash (link included just so you can see it – OUCH! on the price – we picked it up cheap a few months ago from a daily deals site) and boiled it in four iterations in our two large stock pots. My task was the chopping and packaging! Three hours later and we were done – 40 lb of cooked chicken! Last tweet of the process:
@thriftycouple: After boiling, cutting and packaging 40lb of bnls sknls chicken breasts….we are definitely NOT having chicken for dinner. Blech.
Yes, our appetites for chicken were spent. Lets just say the chicken salad sandwiches weren’t as appetizing either. 🙂
But what did we get? We netted a total of 31 bags with approximately 2 1/4 – 3 cups of chickens in each bag. What this means is either 1-2 meals per bag!
- 18 bags of large chunk chicken breast
- 13 bags of small/shredded chicken breast
What this will do is save us time and money! Why not save ourselves a little time alongside these great savings? We’ll be able to use this over the next four months easily taking out what we need, defrosting and then either using the cooked chicken directly in salads, in casseroles, or on pasta dishes! For these dishes, we have no need to defrost, rinse, cook, and chop because it was all done that fateful Friday afternoon.
So did we dread it? Not as much as we should have! Would we do it again? Today? No. In a few months? Definitely!
One interesting tidbit: The USDA website states our cooked chicken will maintain its quality in the freezer for four months, whereas the frozen uncooked chicken will do so for nine months. What we were shocked by is the following statement: Note: Freezer storage is for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. That is when the item is stored at a consistent 0 degrees Fahrenheit! WOW! Good thing we’ll be eating this soon – I’m not sure if I could stomach 10 yr old chicken. 🙂
We want to hear from you! What recipes would you use this chicken for? We would love to hear and try your ideas!