My children are napping and in quiet time so I will try to post this fast….
I am an okay cook. I can usually make anything as long as I have directions. Don’t ask me to add lib (is that the right spelling?) or try to figure out a spice combo that I will enjoy because I can’t and I won’t. I usually turn to my Better Homes Cook book or All Recipes. Well, this time, All Recipes let me down…BIG TIME.
I love whole chickens. I think they are mighty tasty straight from the oven and even better as a sandwich the next day. This time not so much.
Here is what happened –
We are on an incredibly tight budget so when there is a chance to stock up on something I stock and stock and stock…Well this was my last whole chicken from the crazy Chicken stocking of 2009. I browsed All Recipes for a yummy dish that used the ingredients that I had on hand. The one I chose sounded good and I modified it the way the “expert” cooks recommended. However, in the middle of the cooking process I knew something was amiss. The house smelled funny, a weird combo of soy sauce and chicken. I tried to brush it off because this was the first time I had used my crock pot to cook a whole chicken and I thought “maybe this is the cooking process.” Boy was I wrong!
After the six hours or was it 8, I don’t even remember, I pulled the lid off the crock pot and was horrified. My chicken did not look like it should… it was this weird brown ash color. I tried to lift it from the pot, AS INSTRUCTED, and it fell apart. I should have taken this as a warning sign. Did I, NOOOOO, instead I got out the tongs and started fishing out pieces. I put them all on a plate to make sure that they were fully cooked. Then I did the worst, I ate some. What a soy catastrophe… I want to cry….I wanted to vomit. My kids picked at it and I swear I saw it move.
What was the lesson of this enormous waste of my grain feed chicken = Soy is bad and don’t trust the expert cooks.
Verdict = Two thumbs down.