I've always wondered what a chicken actually costs to produce.Astin wrote:Chicks are pretty cheap, just have to find the inflection point where the cost of feed and care for a few months per bird works out to $0.80 each. Of course, you may end up with a large number of chickens, but if you turn around and sell a bunch, you'd really be bringing your net price down for your own chicken.
I know in the US they sell for like a buck a pound which works out to $3-4 per bird.
After retailer markup etc, I could see it going for $2-3. $0.80 might be a stretch though.
Or maybe not, I have no idea.
I'd agree with this point as well, but as a consumer I still buy chicken parts for the sole reason that I don't use breasts or drums very often and use a TON of wings and thighs.But buying a whole chicken and taking it apart is always more cost effective than buying the individual pieces. It's a question of what the value of your time is (and cutting up a whole chicken, again, takes only a few minutes or less).
As an example, I've eaten about 50 chickens worth of wings last month. While I could easily deal with the 100 thighs, the 100 breasts is a whole different story.
This is exactly the same reason I don't like buying whole cows.
I have basically zero use for the entirety of the round and I hate the tenderloin.
I do however want extra briskets, tongues, tails, and various other cuts the animal has a limited number of.
Basically this, except omit the salt.Anyway, combine a ton of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and a chili powder to get basic rub. Add smoked paprika, onion powder, maybe some ground mustard and ground coriander seed and you're really on to something.
As a rule, you want to season and spice your things separately.
This way you can add more flavor without adding more seasoning.
This doesn't really help that much either because a lot of things can be simply listed as "spices"Seriously, take a look at your favourite spice rub and read the ingredients. They're in descending order of volume, so trial-and-error to make a better rub is easy.
There's rarely a breakdown of every single herb/spice they use.
But, you should still read the ingredients. That $6 bottle of rub probably contains 50% salt because salt is heavy.
Wait. Are you making or buying?
Buying usually results in a product that contains more salt than anything.