I was up early this morning, wanting to make sure I had enough time to get ready for work, pack my lunch for the day, and start dinner in the crockpot. When putting together my shopping list last week, I decided to try my hand at roasting a chicken. I figured I could knock out two meals with one bird, by making homemade soup with the leftovers.
After reading up on various methods, I set the bird out to thaw last night, and it appeared to be ready to go by this morning. I rinsed it out and patted it off with paper towels, and proceeded to “fish about” inside the cavity to remove the neck and giblets. I couldn’t find them right off the bat, and realized that the inside of the bird was still semi-frozen, so I figured they must be frozen to the inside of the cavity. 5 minutes later, my fingers were tired, the birds wings and legs were flopping about the sink and embarrasingly enough, a quick glance at the wrapper revealed that the bird came “neck and giblet free!”. (What was that my teacher always said about reading all the instructions first?) I then proceeded to oil, season and “stuff” the chicken with herbs and sliced onions. Unfortunately, my previous roughness with the bird caused a bit of “looseness” and every move I made caused the chicken to shoot onions out its rear like a rapid fire pistol. By the time I was done, I felt like I should have bought the bird a drink!
The good news is that everything else went off without a hitch. (Except our crockpot is too small!) When I arrived home after work, the aroma was wonderful and except for the lumpy gravy, dinner turned out just fine.
Tomorrow, I plan to boil the bones with some vegetables and make stock for that homemade soup. I have the day off from work in observance of Veteran’s Day and am looking forward to a quiet, productive day at home.