FFTF #13 - Consider Price Per Meal

Label from a conventionally raised chicken package. Note thatT plumping liquid has been added.

Label from a conventionally raised chicken package. Note thatT plumping liquid has been added.

So for this week's Food For Thought Friday, here's some real food for thought πŸ€” Conventionally raised chicken is routinely plumped up to 15% with a saline solution during processing to create more flavor. Or with the package in this photo, plumped up with chicken broth and other flavorings 😜

So from a budgeting standpoint, 15% of what you are actually paying for is plumping liquid that will eventually cook away. Making the price of cooked meat per pound actually higher than what's reflected on the label πŸ’ΈπŸ˜πŸ˜§ Not sure about you, but I want to get what I pay for πŸ€‘ And that's 100% Chicken πŸ’―πŸ“πŸ˜‰ 

I didn't fully appreciate this concept until I switched to pasture raised chicken. Notice from these labels there was no added plumping liquid πŸ’―πŸŒ±πŸ“βš– And I paid $23.11 for 3.64 lbs (2 breasts @ 1.71 lbs and 8 legs @ 1.91 lbs).

But we had enough meat from the cooked chicken for four or five days of lunches & dinners. 8-10 meals, $2.31 to $2.89 per meal πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ€‘πŸ’°

My experience with pasture raised chicken is that very little of it cooks away. And what I am left with is chicken that pretty much weighs as much as what I paid for.

My experience with pasture raised chicken is that very little of it cooks away. And what I am left with is chicken that pretty much weighs as much as what I paid for.

In contrast, I priced a pkg of conventional breasts, $7.02 for 1.76 lbs. Typically 1 dinner for us. With enough for Hubby's lunch the next day. 3 meals, $2.34 per meal.

So if you can make a mental shift to get past the initial sticker shock at the cash register. And consider the price per meal, the purchase pasture raised chicken can be a lot more palatable πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹ Not to mention the benefits of lifelong health for you and our world πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’ͺπŸ½πŸ˜πŸ’š πŸ΄

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