I have been talking a lot recently about the cost of food and how it is rising every day. One of things we eat a lot of is chicken. I mentioned on my instastories that Cameron needs to eat the equivalent of 16 chicken breasts a day in protein.
There are just so many reasons chicken just works for us as a larger family
- Everyone loves it.
- It is pretty reasonable priced.
- There are countless ways to prepare chicken.
- It is pretty quick to cook.
- You can eat it hot and cold. (Chicken mayo sandwiches are winning in the lunchbox wars currently)
- It is a great source of protein.
“Chicken remains the lowest-priced high quality meat protein available on the market today, with a multitude of health benefits: Chicken is low in calories, rich in Vitamins A and E, lower in fat and cholesterol than most other meats, and is also a good source of niacin (vitamin B3), which aids in metabolism; vitamin B6, important to immune system and blood sugar level maintenance; biotin (vitamin B7), which helps cell growth; and vitamin B12, which is involved in nerve cell and red blood cell maintenance. Chicken also contains iron (for oxygen transport and cell growth) and zinc (for immune system functioning and DNA synthesis).”
Those of you with fussy eaters will know that when you find something healthy for them to eat you add it in as much as you can.
These tips for how to handle chicken to ensure it is kept safe and of the best quality are from the team at USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC).
Poultry, like all fresh meats, should be handled with care to maintain top quality. To maximise food quality and safety, follow these tips:
- Put fresh poultry and eggs in your shopping basket last, just before you leave the store.
- Refrigerate immediately upon reaching home, never leave poultry out at room temperature.
- Fresh poultry may be stored in the refrigerator for one to two days and in the freezer for six to nine months; cooked poultry may remain in the refrigerator for three to four days and in the freezer for up to four months.
I recently discovered that the US recently started importing it’s chicken to South Africa again together with these fun facts.
- Of the 100 biggest fast food and restaurant chains in the US, chicken has overtaken burgers as a top seller and three of the five fastest-growing are chicken restaurants. In South Africa, fried chicken chain KFC remains the country’s largest fast food brand and is also rated as its favourite fast food brand.
- Americans, like consumers in South Africa, are particularly fond of fried chicken. So much so, in fact, that the dish is described as an American restaurant staple and a separate day is set aside annually, dedicated solely to celebrating fried chicken. This year, 6 July will mark U.S. National Fried Chicken Day.
It was National Poultry Day last week and in celebration I have FOUR US hampers to give away to FOUR lucky readers!
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