Last Wednesday, along with picking up our usual CSA veggies from Dalew Farms, we received our July order of organic chickens. This was our first time ordering their chickens and we were very excited to try them.
Obviously there was only one way to taste test the meat:
First thing we did was make a basting sauce:
1/2 c olive oil
1/2 c lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh rosemary (gently pressed with a rolling-pin to release oils)
We set the barbecue to 350 and then began the rotisserie.
And by we I mean the Dreamboat. There is something about barbecuing that demands male attention.
So the Dreamboat began basting the bird twenty minutes after the rotisserie fun started and continued to do so every twenty minutes until the chicken was fully cooked.
[20-30 minutes per pound until it reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees]
At this point it was looking heavenly! We added a couple of tasty sides like farm fresh peas, a delectable salad and Grandma N’s incredible beer batter bread. Then we waited exactly two seconds and dove in.
Now I can not possibly do justice to the sight, smell and taste of the rotisserie chicken, but I can tell you that it was heavenly to eat. Even Little Man, who had been shying away from meat tried some, which was awesome.
And of course we were left with a whole chicken’s worth of bones and such which naturally led to some soup stock making.
For that I used a large pot, placed the bones and such in and covered it with water. Then I added fresh rosemary and sage, the rest of our garlic scapes, carrot, and onion. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and put it on a simmer for a few hours until it had reduced down and turned into stocky goodness.
So you can imagine that I am in organic food heaven right now.
What do you think? Is organic meat worth all the fuss?