Sunday, October 7, 2007

Free Range Chicken

I just don't get it...what is so special about free range chicken? Isn't that the same kind of chicken Grandma raised in the chicken yard between the house and the barn? Or is there some special chicken ranch out in Wyoming where the chickens work herding cattle during the day and sleep under the stars at night? While I was grocery shopping last weekend I went by the "actual" meat counter instead of the frozen food section where I usually sling a 5 lb bag of boneless skinless chicken breasts into my cart. I came to the conclusion that I'm not smart enough to cook fresh meat anymore. The selections JUST in the chicken case were overwhelming. I had the usual choices of whole, parts, skinless, boneless, skinless and boneless and then we got into the hormone free, free range and antibiotic free. Antibiotic free...does that mean the chickens had hormones and ran free but no antibiotics? Shouldn't it cost more for a chicken to have hormones and antibiotics? I'm not saying I want my chickens to have either one of those things but you would assume that if they did have antibiotics and hormones then the chicken would cost more. Think I will have a pork tenderloin sandwich, it's just easier.


sammyosammy said...

Your story reminds me of my sister-i-law who would not eat the tail end of the chicken because of what came out of there before. I asked her if she gave up eggs too.