Is boneless skinless chicken actually cheaper?April 19, 2010 at 8:25 am | Posted in Food | 2 Comments
I hate pulling meat off the bones. HATE it. I don’t think that I would have survived in the days when meat didn’t come in nice little packages. But I am very cheap frugal, and meat with bones and fat attached is often significantly cheaper than its boneless, skinless counterparts. About four years ago, purchased a large amount of pork chops and chicken breasts on sale. I brought it home, processed it, and since I had it all sitting on the counter I weighed the skin, bones, and fat to see how much ‘junk’ I paid for.
My 12 lb package of pork chops contained 3 lbs of fat and bones, not that bad considering it was 1/2 the price of boneless trimmed chops. It took me 45 minutes to process the 12 lbs of chops.
The chicken on the other hand, was not such a good deal. It wasn’t quite 1/2 the cost of boneless skinless, and my 5 lb package contained 2 lbs of bone and skin. Also, it took me over 45 minutes or wrestling with the meat to cut it off the bone (the first one didn’t even resemble a breast when I was through )
I decided then to never buy breast with bones again. Even more so thighs because they have less meat. People tell me that you get a richer broth by using the bones, etc. I have been cooking with boneless skinless meat for a long time, and I don’t miss the fatty taste the bones and fat provide- in fact I prefer my meals to be lighter.
Totally random and not craft related, but hey, didn’t you want to know that?