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You know what I love? Roasted chicken for dinner.
Roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and frozen garden peas. We use a really good quality roasting pan; it’s a one time investment and we use it a lot.
I’d rather have the peas fresh, but it’s not even the middle of April yet so I am content with frozen fresh peas from last year. Our homegrown peas taste much better than those bags of frozen peas at the grocery store.
It’s always a treat when we cook one of our homegrown chicken. Although we part quite a few of the birds out (so we can have packages of breasts or thighs) we always leave several to cook as roasters. Before putting it in the oven, we rub the bird with melted butter then sprinkle it with salt and pepper. It’s especially good with a good sized sprig of Rosemary laid across its body so if you have some, use it.
It’s always so delicious, no matter what time of year we take one from the deep freezer.
We make broth from the juices and use it to make a pot of chicken soup. It’s an inexpensive meal and, coupled with some bread and a salad, it makes a healthy dinner. A nice sized meat bird can feed a family of 4 for 4 meals if you use your imagination. There are lots of recipes that use sliced or diced pieces of chicken.
Meat birds are great! We buy day old Cornish Giants and raise them for 8 weeks. We’re thinking of doing a few birds this year, but we haven’t made a final decision on it. You can read about our raising meat birds here if you like.