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I Butchered a Chicken Like a Masterchef

My husband and I love to watch cooking shows and get super hungry doing so.
Masterchef is one of our current favorites. While watching we are always commenting,
“oh I can so do that!”
“What are they thinking?! Apples with turmeric, in THAT dish?! Come on!”
“What is that? Is that alive?”
….you get the idea.

I decided that since I am raising 2 kids under 2 that I should take and put more challenging things on my plate, like recreated things they do or other crazy Pinterest ideas (***Side note: DH hates to go out to eat in a restaurant so if I want something fancy more then 4 – 6 times per year I have to create it myself …. and no darling, Wendy’s drive-thru isn’t ‘going out to eat’).

I found a local farmer from a lower west-side Cleveland farm and bought a few half chickens from her. I love a good free range/hormone free chicken. Below is a picture of my first attempt of butchering my own chicken. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. The breast was cut short and that thigh has seen better days. However, for a first try I think I did fairly well.

butchered
I watched a video on YouTube.com to get a grasp on how to this this magic with a knife. I wanted to share the URL, but it has been deleted. Probably had hidden Nazi subliminal messaging in it, like most YouTube videos do. ***Side note: this was butchered with your basic table steak knife. I was unable to get threw the skin (yes, I also removed the skin myself) with the huge butcher knife, so the good old trusty table knife it was.

A week after attempting this I visited the West Side Market in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. I found beautiful skinned and separated, yet bone in, chicken parts and will be purchasing my parts from them in the future.

Here is a link to the butcher:
http://westsidemarket.org/vendor/kauffman-poultry/?portfolioID=955

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3 Comments

  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Haha… when in doubt you tube it!! My hubby is convinced he can fly a helicopter from watching youtube videos 😉 I think he’s nuts 😛

    May 13, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply kath g

    I gave up trying to use a knife, I now use a pair of really sharp kitchen scissors and that has worked out better for me, but still not perfect. I really like Master Chef too and lately I have been watching America’s Test Kitchen on PBS because they kind of give you lessons, explain things and walk you through recipes step by step. I make their crockpot onion soup and everybody always asks for the recipe.

    May 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply MINERVA LEBRON

    MY MOM IS 80TH YEARS OLD AND SHE HAS ALZHEIMER. HER ALZHEIMER WAS VERY ADVANCED; BUT WITH NATURAL PRODUCTS SHE IS DOING GREAT. TURMERIC IS ONE OF THOSE PRODUCTS; BUT WHAT I WANTED TO SAY IS THAT SHE KILLED A CHICKEN LAST WEEK AS SHE WAS DOING WHEN WE WERE LITTLE. MY PARENTS HAVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF ANIMALS AND MY FATHER (88), HE PUT A CHICKEN APART FOR A MONTH BEFORE MY MOM DO WHAT SHE KNOWS TO DO. WHY MY FATHER PUT IT ASIDE? HE SAYS TO CLEAN THE CHICKEN FROM”ANYTHING NOT GOOD” INSIDE.

    October 31, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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