As you know, I’ve been making an effort to cut animal products out of my diet for health reasons. I don’t eat much meat anymore, if at all. One thing I still buy is chicken because everyone in our family loves it. When I do buy it, I try my hardest to make sure I buy all natural chicken that is not pumped full of antibiotics or hormones. I also like knowing where my chicken came from, how it was raised, and what it was fed.. This is something that really matters to me. This is something I know matters to the people at Springer Mountain Farms in Mt. Airy, Georgia.
A few weeks ago, a representative from Springer Mountain Farms contacted me to see if our family would be interested in trying their chicken. I said yes, but I secretly wondered how different their chicken could be from other natural chickens we’ve bought before.
Last week a giant box arrived via FedEx. My little one was very excited to open the box with me.
Inside the box was a styrofoam cooler where we found a sampler pack that included two whole chickens, two packages each of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and thin chicken strips. Everything was perfectly frozen and well packaged.
I immediately started thawing one of the whole chickens. One meal my whole family will eat and enjoy together is whole roasted chicken. My kids were super excited.
When I cut open the plastic packaging, I was immediately struck with how fresh the thawed chicken was. It didn’t smell at all. The skin was my first clue that this was no ordinary chicken. The skin had great color and texture. The liquids were clear. The giblets were the giveaway to its freshness and quality; they were proportional to the size of the chicken, as were the chicken breasts.
The chicken breasts weren’t gigantic, meaning the chicken was probably able to walk. Call me picky, but I notice those things.
Back to the roasted chicken.
We weren’t prepared for how moist and delicious the chicken was. Think of the juiciest, moistest chicken you’ve ever had–it’s better than that. My husband said, “Wow. Is this your cooking or the chicken that’s so good?” While I’d like to say it was me, it wasn’t.
Springer Mountain Farms has made a repeat customer out of me. I don’t know if I’ll be able to buy any other chicken. (They didn’t tell me to say this, by the way. After I tasted my first bite of the chicken, I ran to my computer and e-mailed them to tell them how fabulous it was. My husband and I agreed it is the best chicken ever.)
Tomorrow I’ll show you how I’ve been roasting chicken, along with ways we used the leftover roasted chicken and the homemade stock. Whet your appetites, everything I made was delicious–pot pie with leeks and mushrooms, gnocchi with kale with chicken jus, and curried chicken salad.