Meat is expensive. And if you are looking to save a few extra bucks, buying your chicken with the bone in can be a great way to shave off money from your grocery bill. While some cooks like using the bone in chicken to add extra flavor, some just like the convenience of boneless chicken. Count me in as one of the ladder!
Deboning chicken is easier than you think. All you need are a few good tools:
A good, clean cutting board
Poultry or utility shears
Sharp boning knife or long paring knife Sharp Chef knife or cleaver
When you look at your piece of chicken, start cutting at the meat's meatiest point. Find the bone and run your knife along it, pushing the flesh back as you go. Trim away any unwanted fat, skin or cartilage as needed.
You can use the meat right away, or freeze for later use.
If you are planning on breaking down a whole chicken, a quick Internet search will lead you to how to videos and diagrams. It's easy once you get the hang of it, and have the right tools.
You can boil the left over bones with celery, carrots, onions and garlic to make homemade stock. Nothing goes to waste!
Moms, have you tried you luck at deboning meats yourself? If so, how did you do it?