Starting with the chicken leg quarters, there were 9 huge ones, one small. So of course first was the washing, then I put 3 into a freezer bag and into freezer for a future chicken dinner. Started soaking 3 in buttermilk in fridge to prepare for dinner the next night. Took the remaining 4 and put into pot with water and boiled.
Now onto pork shank, I washed and cut off excess fat, made a spice rub and popped it into the oven to roast.
Back to the chicken... when the boiling chicken is done I take it out of water to cool. I put the water from pot into crock pot, then after getting all the good meat off the bones, put remaining bones & skin into crockpot also. I always save all ends and pieces I have cut off of veggies (broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, cabbage, etc.) and freeze in a freezer bag and I add this to the crockpot, turn on low, and leave overnight.
When the pork is 3/4 done, I start adding every 15 minutes - first the carrots, then potatoes and last the cabbage and onion, because we do not like mushy cabbage. And I only put in the amount of cabbage we will eat for that meal, so when we have leftovers, I can add fresh cabbage.
The next day, I remove everything from crockpot and strain the broth. I usually use mainly 1 to 2 cup size jars as that is generally the amount needed for most recipes.
I mark them, then put down into freezer chest. So, now to figure out how many meals I was able to get from 10 lbs. of chicken, and 4.7 lbs. of pork.
The pork provided 2 supper meals for 3 adults, and 2 lunch meals for 1 adult and 3 children, which is 6 supper portions, and 8 lunch portions.
The chicken provided one chicken dinner for 3 adults, plus another one dinner for 3 adults frozen for later, and the cooked and deboned chicken will provide enough chicken tetrazzini for 1 supper meal for 5 adults and 3 children, and 1 lunch meal for 3 adults and 1 child which ends up being 14 supper portions, and 4 lunch portions. Not including the 11 cups of the most awesome chicken broth ever!
So, what do you think? Do you feel we got our money's worth outta that meat? I do.
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