I had planned on doing this post last week, but Marie was sick, and I couldn’t go to the store nor did I have the energy to focus on this project. (Believe me, I will be writing a post about this very soon).
I thought today’s update would best be communicated through pictures. I enlisted the help of Marie, and we had a little photo shoot while I prepared dinner. She’s a total natural, by the way.
So here’s how I store the chicken:
Layer 1: butcher paperDoesn't everyone store it this way?
Layer 2: plastic bag
Layer 3: plastic shopping bag
Layer 4: glass baking dish
Then I pour olive oil and massage it in. That’s right, I show that bird a little love. Then I sprinkle it with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.
Look at me! I’m holding it so close to my face! I’m almost cured!!
Then I wash my hands with super-hot water and lots of soap.
I put it in the baking dish. Here’s the Before Picture.
I put it in the oven.
And then here’s the After Picture.
I would say that I am pretty close to cooking a whole chicken.
I did have a little snafu with this chicken. Some parts close the bone were a little *gulp* bloody. Not like the juices weren’t clear, because they were. So I’m not sure what that was all about. Any thoughts? There was also a ball of veins that grossed me out and made the chicken a little bloody. I think that my perseverance through this disgusting discovery is a highlight in how far I’ve come from precooked chicken strips, right?
I think if I am going to go this route again, especially on a week night, I would get the breasts separated because it took forever.
I am totally proud of myself!
What have you done that has made you proud? I’d love to hear you toot your own horn!