Friday, September 18, 2009

New Blog Ideas

Now that I am a cooking, couponing and full-blown housewife I wanted to start sharing some more mom-ish things to the blog. So I will start having more cooking tips I find, great recipes and best of all- great coupon deals in the Houston area. I have really gotten into this whole couponing world and want to share the savings with all! So I will try my hardest to post my weekly couponing grocery list with all the deals I find and the coupons I use to get the deals. I also add tips to help you get the most for your buck and meals I am cooking with the deals I find. It sounds like lots of work but I am going to try it out. Here is my first tip:

I like to buy big bags of chicken at WalMart for $5.43 (maybe a few cents off). It comes in a 10lb bag- so that is about $.50 a lb! Looks like this

Then I throw it all in a big stock pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil I turn the heat down to a low boil and leave it on the stove for an hour. No salt or seasoning- the chicken seasons itself. Here is what it looks like done

Dump it in a strainer- LET IT COOL! Then start shredding. I have 2 bowls- one for the meat and one for bones and yucky stuff. When you're done, divide the chicken into freezer baggies. Our little family can stretch it to 3 quart size baggies but if you have more kids it might be better to do 2 bags. Throw in the freezer and then it is so easy to make into a great chicken dinner. Here are some recipes I use it in:

Chicken Taco Soup
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Pot Pie
Any type of Chicken Casserole
Thai Chicken
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Chicken Tacos
There are many more but I just love pulling out the cooked chicken, letting it thaw and making a quick, yummy meal!


Kevin and HolliJo said...

Ooh that is a really great idea! Thanks for the tip! I'll have to start doing that!

Davis Family said...

Look at you! I want to recipe for Thai chicken...please?

natsprat said...

Yay, YOU have a blog, too!!! That makes me so happy! You are so brave! Look at that chicken, bones and! I've been married for 8 years and I STILL am afraid to touch chicken bones. You ROCK! :)

Melanie Rossi said...

You're such a cute and good housewife! I always love new cooking ideas!

Houston said...

awesome idea Ju! Do you save the broth? When my mom does this she keeps the broth, puts it in a baggie, and freezes it, that way you don't have to buy the cans at the store. P.S. those better not be the stinky chicken bags that leak, all WalMart cashiers will hate your guts :)

Cristina said...

lame, houston was using my computer...that was my comment above :)

Amy Breeden said...

Whoa! I'm so glad that you shared that! I'm going to Walmart tomorrow and am going to buy a bag! I can't wait to hear your other coupon tips. I'm kind of stuck in a rut! Help me Julie! And the wreath you made is too cute!