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How to make a chicken last a week.

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Eglantine21 Mon 15-Apr-19 09:38:16

Ok, it’s on the back of another thread, but Mawbroon reminded me of the Paupers Cookbook from my early days of marriage.

Sunday: one roast chicken breast sliced for two, potatoes, cabbage

Monday: second chicken breast sliced, bubble and squeak with leftover potatoes and cabbage

Tuesday: chicken drumsticks, fried potatoes (leftover again) baked beans

Wednesday: chicken curry (getting a bit high by then) half a packet of frozen veg, rice

Thursday: chicken soup, boil up bones, pick off remaining bits of chicken, other half of frozen veg, lentils

Friday: Reprise of chicken soup

Saturday: thoroughly sick of chicken, splash out on mince!

There. Not a smoothie in sight.

I have no idea why I thought anyone would be interested really. Call it a trip down memory lane😀

aggie Mon 15-Apr-19 09:42:48

My Aunt could keep it going too !ong ! Mum used to warn us not to eat the chicken sandwiches when we visited

Fennel Mon 15-Apr-19 09:51:22

Eglantine. grin.
I've made a chicken last 3 or 4 days. We like chicken risotto.
Fry an onion, add rice, slowly add stock, finish by adding shredded chicken.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 15-Apr-19 09:55:39

I always buy organic free range grass fed meat direct from a farmer so it isn’t cheap. I make sure everything is used to it’s best advantage, and nothing wasted.

MamaCaz Mon 15-Apr-19 10:00:54

I'm sorry, but as soon as I saw the title of the thread, I just wanted to say "feed it well and keep it safe"! grin

Whitewavemark2 Mon 15-Apr-19 10:02:20

mama 😄

Charleygirl5 Mon 15-Apr-19 10:12:12

I am not sure if I would eat chicken after day 4 in the fridge. for Wednesday's curry.

Culag Mon 15-Apr-19 10:12:19

I used to use this book a lot in the seventies! I often did the Family Meat Loaf and transformed it into Baked Spaghetti later in the week.

Buffybee Mon 15-Apr-19 10:15:31

I called over to my daughter's house yesterday afternoon and as I was leaving she handed me their chicken carcass and asked could I do anything with it. Well I say carcass but it had a full breast left on it and both thighs.
I made a delicious, thick Mulligatawny Soup which I had for my supper and enough for a few more lunches, the skin I gave to my dog.
Food wise, I waste very little.

MawBroonsback Mon 15-Apr-19 10:18:18


Witzend Mon 15-Apr-19 10:20:50

We had a fairly big FR roast chicken last night - just me and dh.
Will have some of the rest cold, chopped and mixed with mayonnaise (not too much) with curry powder, lemon juice and a bit of mango chutney added - plus jacket pots and salad.

Then a chicken, leek and mushroom pie, with mash on top. Or maybe a curry.

Carcass will be boiled up for stock, final bits will go into a main-course soup - Mulligatawny or with whatever veg I have - or into a stir-fry - doused with soy sauce first.

None of it's ever wasted. Though it was even better when we had a dog - after boiling up the carcass I'd strip off every last manky-bit scrap and literally chuck just the bare bones. Our dog would be very happy!

Greyduster Mon 15-Apr-19 10:27:43

Buffy my DD is another who hands over her meaty chicken carcasses to me. I make soup and stock with them. Strong home made chicken and veg broth would be my choice of a last meal on this earth😋! We have half a chicken left over from yesterday. I will curry it today.

M0nica Mon 15-Apr-19 21:03:15

I confess, I do not really like chicken and only eat organic, I buy the boned chicken thighs from Waitrose.

However at Christmas I do have a very large top of the range turkey and oh the joys of a freezer. After 2 days I dismember it, pack it up in small packages of white or dark meat that go in the freezer. The carcase gets turned into sock - and frozen.

Each day on until the New Year and everyone goes home, one or two packs come out to make turkey-based main courses and sandwiches and salads in the evening. Over the next few months further packages get consumed and soup made. We finally finished the turkey in mid-March this year - and loved every morsel.

I do curries, risottos, fricassees, stews and casseroles, meatballs, soups.

womblekelly Mon 15-Apr-19 21:54:16

Oh th3 Pauper’s cookbook .. it saw me through the early days of our marriage, and still use it now, made the kedgeree just the other day.

rubysong Mon 15-Apr-19 22:21:52

Many years ago a friend and I were camping. We bought a frozen chicken and used it as a cold block to keep our milk fresh. As it thawed we cut bits off and cooked them on the camping stove. It lasted most of the week. Risky, but we both survived.

agnurse Tue 16-Apr-19 00:30:32

Our mum used to do leftover dinner once a week. Inevitably, what would happen is that there would be just a few spoonfuls of each thing and not enough to make a meal for everyone. So she would just put it all in the fridge and serve all of the leftovers once a week. We all knew it was leftover night when she'd call, "Suppertime, guys! Come tell me what you want to eat!" (Everybody would come and indicate what he or she would like out of what was available. If there was something really good, such as a slice of pizza, the youngest got first dibs.)

When it comes to Christmas turkeys, Mum also makes sure the leftovers aren't wasted. She does turkey sandwiches, makes soup out of the carcass and bones, and sometimes will mix some of the meat with the remaining gravy to make stroganoff.

Esspee Tue 16-Apr-19 00:54:54

When I was a child chicken was only bought for special occasions like Christmas.
These days, with only two of us, I get three excellent dinners and a couple of main course soups out of a single chicken. Vegetables are a major part of our diet and we are both great cooks.
We often wonder why the younger generation choose to spend so much of their income on takeaways when, for a fraction of the cost, they could eat really well.

BradfordLass72 Tue 16-Apr-19 02:38:30

I have to admit I'd never make a chicken last a week.

Two months maybe grin

What I do, on the extremely rare occasions I buy a whole chook, is roast it, enjoy a bit of it then make dishes (curry, soup, risotto etc) the same day and freeze them.

The carcass makes a stock for Dal soup the day after I've roasted the chicken.

MamaCaz My reaction too, I initially wondered why the poor chook only lasted a week smile

ninathenana Tue 16-Apr-19 07:30:47

A chicken lasts one, possibly two days in this house.
A leg each for DH and DS and breast for me. Second breast sliced for lunchtime sandwiches next day.

TerriBull Tue 16-Apr-19 07:43:24

I quite like doing as much as possible with leftovers, well certainly turkey at Christmas which usually lasts a bit longer than the average chicken, but for a week definitely no! I wouldn't be happy leaving it that long. I'm sure my grandparents would have got everything they could out of the carcass, stock/soup etc., and their parents before them, probably without a fridge as well

Justme67 Tue 16-Apr-19 07:53:11

A long while ago, I did ask the butcher if the chicken would last a couple of days, and he said " if you don;t eat it" which was a bit flimsy, but we did know each other.

LullyDully Tue 16-Apr-19 08:01:51

One flat mate used to borrow my huge brown casserole and make a vast stew....Never with either onions or garlic , so tasteless generally.

Then she would invite friends over the week, heating the casserole as she went. She would invite us on the last day , sadly we had to decline in the interests of stomach welfare.

harrigran Tue 16-Apr-19 08:07:47

My sister can virtually make a meal out of fresh air, my mother was a magnificent housewife but even she commented about my sister. I have learned over the years not to accept the vegetable soup, a collection of the week's left over veg in stock 😕

Laurely Tue 16-Apr-19 08:24:59

Roast Chicken: once hot with hot veg, once cold with salad, one made dish (curry? pie? whatever) and soup from carcass). If there's enough meat, I sometimes freeze slices ready for sandwiches. It works for us.