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Butcher Your Own Chicken

I had heard of a suggestion that you could save quite a bit of money by butchering your own chicken, so I thought I’d give it a try. Last week a Purdue Oven Roaster whole chicken was on sale for $0.99, so we picked up a 6.73 lb. chicken for $6.66 (ooooh, creepy!). This was the first time I butchered a chicken, so it took a little longer than it will in the future, and it took me about a half an hour to complete.

Here’s what I got out of a 6.73 lb. oven roaster chicken:

The total weight of all that was 105.1 oz, meaning the package had 2.58 oz. of plastic wrapping and liquid. So, was it worth it? If we peg the price of chicken breast at $2.99 and the wings, drumsticks, and sides at $1.79 (those are typical prices here), we get a total value of $5.68 for the chicken breast and $4.59 for the wings, drumsticks & sides. On that meat alone, we have a total value of $10.27 – or we saved $3.61 and that’s not even counting everything else. I tossed the skin but used the carcass and the sack of innards to make chicken stock.

$3.61 on $6.66? That’s a return of 54%. Not bad right?

In the end though, the process did take a half hour so from a strictly time is money perspective, it may or may not be worth it to you. Personally, I thought it was a fun experiment.

Here’s a good instructional video on how to break down a chicken:

(Photo: protohiro [3])