Friday, November 4, 2016

Feeling Productive aka: My Day Off


I love to spend at least part of every day off in the farm house kitchen.
 One of my favorite things to do is meal prep for the work week.
I pre cut carrots and celery for our lunch boxes and save the scraps (peels and ends) for the stock pot.
Boil and peel a dozen eggs (the egg shells are eaten by the dogs, mixed in with their kibble)

Start with at Least One Chicken
I started my day off with two 6 pounds , these are lemon pepper.
 Season and roast with onions and potatoes.
Once roasted I serve a couple breast for dinner that night with the potatoes, 
then pick birds separating dark and light meat.


Place the chickens scraps (skin and bones), all your veggie cull from the day ( or week) , dill, garlic, and seasonings in a 16 to 20-quart stockpot. Add 7 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered, for 4 hours. Strain the entire contents of the pot through a colander and discard the solids. Chill the stock overnight. The next day, remove the surface fat. Use immediately or pack in containers and freeze for up to 3 months.


Buy Deli Containers with Matching Lids
I used to have storage anxiety. Every time I opened up my Tupperware cabinet, I knew I'd be faced with a baffling array of containers in all shapes and sizes, none of which would have a matching lid. But no more. These days, I order inexpensive packages of plastic deli-style containers in three different sizes (half pint, pint, and quart) to take care of 90 percent of my storage needs. It's easy to see what's inside them, they're flexible, which makes them great makeshift pourers and funnels, they stack super-efficiently, they're dishwasher safe and reusable, they have tight-fitting tops, and best of all, provided you stick with one brand, they all use the exact same lid.
I go with Reditainer Deli Food Containers with Lids, which cost under 50¢ apiece
The white meat not eaten at dinner becomes chicken salad and the rest is reserved for soup and chicken pot pie.


you can see here our veggies ready to snack a meat sauce for first work night of the week, and some for freezer , chicken stock to be used for soups and rice bases chicken salad left over roasted potatoes to be used as breakfast home fries.



Desserts chocolate pudding in mason jars, just take off the lid top with whipped cream and serve.


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