Really Cheap Chicken Soup

It may be hard to believe, but even I get lucky once in a while.

I went to my local groceria to order a slab of pork belly and they always have a frozen bunker of marked down meat.  The meat at this store is usually higher price than most of the chain stores (but also a higher quality), so the items in the bunker aren’t often much of a savings.

But I found two packages of chicken necks (Yeah, not many people get too excited finding chicken necks) marked at 8 cents a pound !!!! WOOOOOOO !!!

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24 cents !!!!!!

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I think at the time that I was making this batch of soup, it was particularly warm, and as a favor to the rest of the family, I cooked it outside on my gas grill to keep from adding extra heat to the inside of the house.

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You caught me, I added vegetables.

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Non meat ingredients.

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Veggies going in for a hot bath

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Now, if you didn’t already know, would you recognize these as chicken necks?

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That’s a fair amount of meat that came off the necks.

Now, I was in a bit of a hurry to finish making this batch of soup and what I should have done was wait until the necks cooled down.  As it was, they were still pretty hot and I wasn’t able to clean the meat off any better.

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Big pile of bones !!

This ended up making a very good batch of soup that was my lunch for a week.

Rib Eye Steak

Oh lucky me !!!

The grocery store had Rib Eye steak on sale for $5.99 lb (that’s my price point) and the wife brought home a couple of nice ones.

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“Steaks For Grilling”

Well DUH !!!!

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And despite my best judgement, there will a non potato vegetable with dinner.

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Pre cut in a bag.  Really simple.

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Onto the fire………….

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Mmmmm, Meat !!!

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Perfectly  cooked to rare/medium rare !!!

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The veggies turned out OK.

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OK, for you real carnivores out there, you know what this is……………

MEAT CANDY !!!!

Best meat on the cow !!

I used to talk to a coworker about food quite a bit and he always bought his meat without bones.  He thought is was a waste of money to pay for the bone-in steak or pork chops.  I told he that he needed to try it at least once.

Well, he came to work a few days later and had cooked a couple of bone in pork chops and he was raving for days about how much better the chops tasted with the bone in.  Another convert !!!

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Well, instead of gnawing on these, I thought that I would make some “Beef Barley Mushroom Soup.”

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Boil them up for a beat.

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Barley.

Barley is a close second to my split pea for soup making.

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Yep. those are the mushrooms.

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Toss in a few carrots and pick the meat off the bone.

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Viola !!

A few days of lunches for work.

Chicken Masala Surprise

I had some rice, chicken and a bottle of masala and thought that I would cook up some “Chicken Masala Surprise.”

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So here we have the whole chicken, ready to be parted out.

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Just a couple of minutes later, chicken parts.

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All of the left over bits.  Normally I would cook the wings with the rest of the chicken but this time I thought that I would use them in making some chicken soup.

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So we are going to take a little break from the Masala while I make my chicken soup.

All the leftover chicken bits go into the part for cooking

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Today’s safety tip:

As some one that has had two bouts of food poisoning (one confirmed one from CHICKEN), I am actually not too concerned about  getting sick again but since I am responsible for a nine year old, I will clean all of the kitchen utensils with hot soapy water.

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Shocking, but I am going to put some vegetables into my soup.

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Choppity, chop,chop,chop !!

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Veggie bits going with the boiling chicken bits.

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All the bits cooked up and ready for picking.

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All the chicken bits all picked.

From left to right:

Bones, bits to be whizzed up in the soup and the chicken bits to put in the soup whole.

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I found a can of mushrooms in the cupboard and thought that should go in as well.

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Adding a bit of barley just at the end so as to not overcook the barley since the soup will be frozen and reheated in the future.

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OK, now that the soup is done, we can get back to the “Chicken Masala Surprise.”

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The surprise is that while I was chopping up the chicken, I thought “Why aren’t I putting this chicken on the grill?”

So I did.

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Beef Barley Soup

Staying with the “Gruel” theme for lunch, I got another bag of barley and a can of mushrooms.

Add a slab of beef and it can officially be called “Beef Barley Soup.”

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A simple browning of the beef in the dutch oven.

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Toss in the drained can of mushrooms.

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Add the water and barley,

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BEHOLD !!!!

Beef Barley Soup.

Sick Day Soup

I actually took today off sick, but it won’t really be a “sick day” since I will go in on Saturday to make it up.

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I found this package of soup at the grocery store being marked down as discontinued for 20 cents.

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A little soup and tea.

The soup it self was  “adequate”.