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Old 03-14-2019, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have a sweet friend who is always bringing me gifts. Sometimes very odd gifts. His last present was a frozen chicken. Nothing he does surprises me so I just said thank you and put the chicken in the freezer. In a way it makes perfect sense. He came over for dinner so he brought me another dinner.

A couple days ago I was cruising the freezer looking for dinner and there was the chicken. When I put it in the fridge to thaw, I noticed the price. He paid $17 for a single chicken! Seriously, I have paid a lot less than that for a turkey. I can get 3 chickens for less than that. Who pays $17 for a chicken?

Sure enough, it's organic and free range. Something I never buy because it's so much more expensive. I am a cheap cook. $5 will buy 10lbs of leg quarters at Winco. And the Hispanic grocery stores often sell them cheaper. I am expecting great things from that $17 chicken. Decided to just roast it with salt and pepper. Plain. I want to taste the chicken so I know what I have been missing.

What a disappointment! It tasted like...chicken. Not at all different. Shoot for $17 it should have cleaned and stuffed itself and jumped in the oven. I have half of it left. I am going to use it to make green chicken chili. Oh well. Maybe I was expecting too much! I am sure the chili will be great!
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I have a sweet friend who is always bringing me gifts. Sometimes very odd gifts. His last present was a frozen chicken. Nothing he does surprises me so I just said thank you and put the chicken in the freezer. In a way it makes perfect sense. He came over for dinner so he brought me another dinner.

A couple days ago I was cruising the freezer looking for dinner and there was the chicken. When I put it in the fridge to thaw, I noticed the price. He paid $17 for a single chicken! Seriously, I have paid a lot less than that for a turkey. I can get 3 chickens for less than that. Who pays $17 for a chicken?

Sure enough, it's organic and free range. Something I never buy because it's so much more expensive. I am a cheap cook. $5 will buy 10lbs of leg quarters at Winco. And the Hispanic grocery stores often sell them cheaper. I am expecting great things from that $17 chicken. Decided to just roast it with salt and pepper. Plain. I want to taste the chicken so I know what I have been missing.

What a disappointment! It tasted like...chicken. Not at all different. Shoot for $17 it should have cleaned and stuffed itself and jumped in the oven. I have half of it left. I am going to use it to make green chicken chili. Oh well. Maybe I was expecting too much! I am sure the chili will be great!

LOL.....I can see why you might expect more from a $17 chicken!

Poor friend, IMO, he was duped...did you tell him?
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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My son once bought an expensive chicken. It was extremely good. It reminded me of the chicken that I'd eaten as a child. It reminded me why I used to like chicken. I can take or leave most of it these days.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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I have a sweet friend who is always bringing me gifts. Sometimes very odd gifts. His last present was a frozen chicken. Nothing he does surprises me so I just said thank you and put the chicken in the freezer. In a way it makes perfect sense. He came over for dinner so he brought me another dinner.

A couple days ago I was cruising the freezer looking for dinner and there was the chicken. When I put it in the fridge to thaw, I noticed the price. He paid $17 for a single chicken! Seriously, I have paid a lot less than that for a turkey. I can get 3 chickens for less than that. Who pays $17 for a chicken?

Sure enough, it's organic and free range. Something I never buy because it's so much more expensive. I am a cheap cook. $5 will buy 10lbs of leg quarters at Winco. And the Hispanic grocery stores often sell them cheaper. I am expecting great things from that $17 chicken. Decided to just roast it with salt and pepper. Plain. I want to taste the chicken so I know what I have been missing.

What a disappointment! It tasted like...chicken. Not at all different. Shoot for $17 it should have cleaned and stuffed itself and jumped in the oven. I have half of it left. I am going to use it to make green chicken chili. Oh well. Maybe I was expecting too much! I am sure the chili will be great!

its SUPPOSE to taste better and you feel good about it..

ive done many taste tests of new chicken items... some organic and some not..

I would cook the chicken the same like a rotiserrie chicken label one organic and label one grade A

the results are interesting in rural areas where local means more than organic .it was 50/50 no discernable difference..

in more cities it was 80/20% in favor of the organic IF it was labeled organic.....if neither were labeled it was 50/50
and I put the organic label on the grade a . and again it was 80/20 because they wanted it to taste better ...some actually said they would never eat conventional again it tastes soooo much better (even tho it was conventional chicken)



i didnt post prices . but organic is often double the price of grade A
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I am not sure what's going on, but in THEORY a free range chicken that is out and about roaming free and eating whatever they were eating 50 years ago, growing on their own peace, SHOULD taste better than a chicken from a chicken farm where they are all stuffed in cages like sardines, never walk or see sunshine, get feed on high speed some special mix, perhaps some medications too to prevent diseases or whatever they do on those chicken farms.
Whoever still remember, knows that those chickens 50 years ago did taste better than the chickens from the commercial farms we get to buy now.
So, what's going on on those "organic" farms where chickens supposed to be raised free like ... 50 years ago?
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:50 PM
 
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The organic chickens near me definitely taste better than the factory farm chickens. And thankfully, I've never seen one that cost $17.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Isn't that what an organic chicken at Whole Foods would cost? Anyway, that's what my mom would buy.

I'm much more of a meat cheapskate.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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My son once bought an expensive chicken. It was extremely good. It reminded me of the chicken that I'd eaten as a child. It reminded me why I used to like chicken. I can take or leave most of it these days.
Yes, didn't it once have so much more flavor?
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Yes, didn't it once have so much more flavor?
I noticed one thing - lots of people don't know anymore how real food taste like. When they travel outside the US they tend to come back and complain how horrible the food was and didn't taste like back home.
Maybe some people just are unable to distinguish better quality, or feel like it taste weird, because it's just different, and they can't decide if it's better or not.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:38 AM
 
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One thing that will also affect the flavor of the chicken is the lack of culinary ability among many people in the US. Most people do not not take the time to properly season their dishes or cook it in the proper menu.
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