Yesterday was the day for chicken camp send off. I drove about 1 hour to their "camp director" (B&P poultry in Paris, Ohio- they have no website). She charged $1.75 per bird and .25 cents extra per bird if you want it cut up into 8 pieces. I had to drive back today between 12 - 5, but being that my children are half my hubbies family gene pool, we were of course late. I was just walking out the door at 5:10pm. I packed the cooler up with ice & packed it along with the kids into the Vue. When we arrived, someone was dropping off some white turkeys and cornish x's. Panda and lil' man could not stand waiting in the car so come running out straight to the turkey's. She had never seen those kind before so was intrigued by their color and size. She has only seen the wild looking turkeys from our friend's family farm. They are the infamous attack turkey's. They will only let our friend's dad get near them. Depending on the day, their mood, and if they are in the driveway, you may get trapped in the car with turkey's staring in at you through your rolled up windows while you wait for someone to come out and save you. Of course the kids just think its great they can see them so close and enjoy putting their hands up to the glass to see a turkey peck at it.
Back to the chicken camp... So all 7 roosters were done. I had her cut up 6 and leave one as a roaster. I have to admit there was not alot of breast meat. That is my favorite part too. Nice drumsticks for the kids though. Once I got them home, I took 1 bag out at a time to clean each piece off before rebagging into freezer double guard ziploc bags. I also-**dont laugh**- suctioned out as much air as I could with a drinking straw and vacum. I do not have a vac sealer yet, so this was as close I am getting to one anytime soon. It was not perfect, but effecient in taking out majority of the air. I made a marinade for one chicken consisting of a can beer, italian seasoning, and a honey dijon mustard dressing with a dash of balsamic vinegar. I split it up into 2 bags so there were 4 pieces per bag to sit in the marinade. Then suctioned out as much air as possible with an unflat beer in there.
Now that I think of it, I may just run back down to the deep freezer and check to make sure I do not have 2 exploding bags of beer chicken in there... oh that was such a duh moment! I seem to be having alot of those lately. Thanks in part to lil' man and his 7 am escapes from the house... more about that later. I'm going to check on that chicken.* picture will be posted in the morning tommorow to replace this sentence:) . updated below.....
What you see consists of :
one whole roaster and 6 cut up into 8 pieces each. 2 bags contain 4 pieces each in marinade, all wings are in another bag, 3 big pieces in a bag for my neighbor to try (single dad) who lets the animals roam there, and a bag with 2 drumsticks and a breast for extra pieces in a meal if needed to add on to another full bag.
Now I am thinking about pheasent since a license is $25 personallicense or $40 for selling to own/raise them in Ohio. The "camp director" would only charge $2.25 per bird on those.