Since we still have a few whole chickens and chicken pieces in the freezer, I decided to fire up the ol' pressure cooker and process some of last year's butchering efforts.
I cooked up several packages of chicken wings and a few leg / thigh combos. I picked the meat off the bones and put it aside for further processing. Then I put the bones and "leftovers" back into the pressure cooker, added a bit more water, a few bay leaves, celery tops and a chopped onion & put it back on the stove. Not sure how long I leave it on the stove, but I want the bones to come out where I can easily break them.
And here's what I got from my little pressure cooking foray:
Bunch o' chicken to be made into chicken salad, smothered in homemade BBQ sauce, or served along side a heap of mashed potatoes and gravy. And a quart of chicken stock to boot!
After I strained the chicken stock into the jar, the rest of the pressure cooker contents go into the blender. Yes, bones and all into the blender. The bones have been made soft by the pressure cooking so I just add a bit of the chicken stock & it gets buzzed into a protein & calcium rich slurry. This goes into the chicken scrap bucket and fed back to the chickens. Sounds gross to some people, but I know the chickens weren't sick or given medications or chemicals before we butchered them so I don't see a problem feeding it to our laying flock.
We try to let very little go to waste here and by utilizing this "garbage", we can provide additional feed at no additional cost to us.