I love getting money saving tips – especially when it comes to food. Therefore, every time I find or creat one, I’m very eager to share with you! Check out The Thrifty Home for links to websites providing “penny pinching” tips today!
Today, my tip is Roasted Chicken! First, if you don’t have a Crock-Pot or slow cooker, get one here! That doesn’t sound like saving money but it will pay for itself very quickly! If you don’t have one and don’t want one, an oven works just fine!
I honestly try to roast a chicken in the slow-cooker once a week. Slow cooking the chicken in the crockpot gives it a wonderfully moist flavor. Plus, it is easy to just throw it in, leave it, head to work, and come home to dinner! My biggest reason for cooking chicken in the crock pot is the homemade broth! Once your chicken is cooked, shred the meat off of the bones. Save the bones and skin if desired and return to the slow cooker. Fill the cooker up with water and cook on low for about 10 hours. Ladle into jars, seal and store! Here’s why we do this:
1. Easy dinner to make ahead for a busy day
2. Usually makes plenty of leftovers to eat for dinner or lunch throughout the week
3. Makes about 3 quarts of bone broth – which is HIGHLY nutritious and great for healing the gut
4. Cost effective! I usually buy a 3-5 lb free range chicken for approx. $10-12 and that feeds our family of four about 3-4 meals (not including the broth!)
Here’s a recipe for our Roasted Chicken in the Slow-Cooker