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the whole chicken.....

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Created April 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Cooking a whole chicken today, more interested in the broth but also the meat for other meals.

So why am I so grossed out by the head, feet and other stuff in the bag???

I purposely bought it with everything so why can't I bring myself to actually use those parts?

I also haven't ever been able to eat organ meat.....psychological or something else?

Any suggestions how to get past this hurdle? (I know I'm missing out on something)

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on April 14, 2011
at 04:43 PM

It took me some getting used to as well and I'm not really that squeamish. Most of us weren't brought up to deal with whole animals unless we lived on a farm and/or learned how to hunt. Makes me think of the scene in "Winter's Bone" where she teaches her siblings to skin a squirrel.

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:28 PM

I am definitely a weak city girl! But I'm working on that!! I now buy the whole chicken with skin and all, and I dont mind handling it now! I know its sad, I was brought up that way!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:26 PM

well said! i lived in Taiwan for 2 years and the chickens come with everything attached, swinging a meat cleaver with eyes closed was a one time endevor after that, I learned to communicate with the butcher...and then i found a costco (i know, but I wasnt primal then)

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:25 PM

well said, respect the meat!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:24 PM

it was the head with the eyes that honestly freaked me out! lol....but this time i actually opened the bag, usually i toss it with eyes closed! baby steps!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:23 PM

thanks for that! maybe having more 'knowledge' about what i'm doing with it will help!

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:59 AM

The first thing I said when I read this is hey that's good advice for me.Thanks, I always get the whole duck and consider it very interesting to check out the head and feet. Never cut the claws off tho. Will do if it helps get more gelatin/collagen into my broth.

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:54 AM

If you don't want to eat it and it grosses you out, don't eat it. It is not the end of the world if these things aren't incorporated in you diet.

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on April 14, 2011
at 03:51 AM

It's our cultural conditioning. It's become so normal for folk not to understand where their food comes from, and usually cuts of 'nice' meat are simply selected of the supermarket shelf pre-wrapped in plastic packaging. So many kids these days genuinely think steak comes from the supermarket - not that it was once an alive cow and that lived in a field.

I was raised on a farm, and luckily for me, killing animals for food is normal. But I think it's normal for people to be a bit grossed out when exposed to it for the first time(s).

My advice? Keep doing what you're doing. You'll get used to it and it will become normal and no big deal. Frankly, I think you'll find you're a lot more thankful for the animal you're about to consume because now it is an animal, not just some random cuts you picked up from the supermarket.

So give thanks to your chicken and enjoy.

Respect the meat :)

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:25 PM

well said, respect the meat!

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on April 14, 2011
at 01:53 AM

i guess it's easier to eat the non-recognizable parts since they don't remind you of the actual animal? maybe it'd help to think along these lines - the animal's already dead... it's really more "respectful" towards the animal to make sure that none of its parts go to waste... other than that, it might just take some time to get used to eating nose-to-tail..

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on April 14, 2011
at 01:24 PM

it was the head with the eyes that honestly freaked me out! lol....but this time i actually opened the bag, usually i toss it with eyes closed! baby steps!

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on April 14, 2011
at 06:39 AM

I have many Chinese students in my home and they love eating chicken feet. I have also been to been to China and eating chicken heads are an ordinary snack, even in nightclubs! I used to be an extremely pick eater but after living in China and frequently eating organ meats out of politeness I feel much more comfortable about eating them now. I would suggest searching for various recipes to make the food more palatable. Here are some links for recipe but they have to be modified to be paleo: http://www.overseaspinoycooking.net/2008/06/braised-chicken-feet.html http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/White-Cut-Chicken-233793

Here is a delicious pate recipe that can be modified with other organ meats (I've tried) http://paleodietlifestyle.com/simple-and-delicious-liver-pate-recipes/

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on April 14, 2011
at 01:26 PM

well said! i lived in Taiwan for 2 years and the chickens come with everything attached, swinging a meat cleaver with eyes closed was a one time endevor after that, I learned to communicate with the butcher...and then i found a costco (i know, but I wasnt primal then)

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:47 AM

congrats on trying! a lot of people wouldn't, so good for you for being brave. How did it go?

I don't really have any suggestions other than what's been already mentioned, particularly about the respect for the animal. Touching and handling the parts should go a long way towards getting you started.

The one thing i can offer is what to do with those feet. Before you put them in stock, drop them in boiling water for a minute or two. You can pop them in some cold water then or just empty it into a colander to let them cool under running water. Get a sharp, heavy knife, like a large chef's knife or a cleaver if you have good knife skills (alternately you can use the indent on poultry scissors if you have them) and cut off the tips of the claws. I like to give a few good chops to each foot with the cleaver to get all the good stuff inside out. Now they're ready for your stockpot.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 14, 2011
at 02:59 AM

The first thing I said when I read this is hey that's good advice for me.Thanks, I always get the whole duck and consider it very interesting to check out the head and feet. Never cut the claws off tho. Will do if it helps get more gelatin/collagen into my broth.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on April 14, 2011
at 01:23 PM

thanks for that! maybe having more 'knowledge' about what i'm doing with it will help!

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E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Pretend you're a hunter-gatherer? I usually just remind myself that I'm an animal and it's perfectly natural to eat other animals, and if I were starving I could kill and eat a chicken. A chicken foot is as much a part of the animal as a chicken breast, and both are food.

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on April 14, 2011
at 04:43 PM

It took me some getting used to as well and I'm not really that squeamish. Most of us weren't brought up to deal with whole animals unless we lived on a farm and/or learned how to hunt. Makes me think of the scene in "Winter's Bone" where she teaches her siblings to skin a squirrel.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on April 14, 2011
at 01:28 PM

I am definitely a weak city girl! But I'm working on that!! I now buy the whole chicken with skin and all, and I dont mind handling it now! I know its sad, I was brought up that way!

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