Getting started. Why raise chickens? 3
Requirements (parts list) for raising chickens 4
Basic breed types and their characteristics 2
Purebred flock vs. assortment 2
Incubators and hatching chicks 3
When things go wrong and predators too! 5
Processing birds 4
1 Whole chicken
(Optional – egg noodles or dumplings)
Put the chicken in the crock pot and add water to start cooking. I usually put the crockpot on medium. I then chop all vegetables and add them. If you don’t have all of the vegetables, no worries. Add what you have in the quantity you would like. Also add fresh oregano, or oregano powder to taste. Add salt to taste. If you want noodles, you can add them then too. I let it cook all day and dinner is ready when I get home from work. I usually add the lime by squeezing the juice in just before I serve it.
By the time you get home, the meat will have fallen off the bones and you can pick the bones out of the soup. This makes a delicious bone broth. I like to add avocados and hot sauce when I have it. The soup is delicious. I freeze it in quart bags, or quart jars so that I have something delicious, low calorie and nutrient dense in a grab and go form.
To make basic dumplings, you would put the following in a mixing bowl: 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir it up real good. Drop an egg in there, add milk and stir until you get a really thick paste. You need to have a rolling boil in the soup. A rolling boil is when the bubbles are moving fast. For this you would have to put the soup in a pot on the stove. Then you use a large spoon and spoon large spoonfuls of the dumplings onto the surface of the soup. Do this until it is all on the surface of the soup. Put a lid on your pot and let it cook for 5 min. and then it will be ready.
What to do with leftover chicken soup that doesn’t have any broth left.
Leftovers don’t have to feel like leftovers. You can turn them into gourmet meals with very little effort. Recently, I ran out of broth in my chicken soup and had a bunch left. What I did was put some rice in a pot to cook. Then I added a can of pineapple chunks, juice and all. Then, I added the chicken soup. I let the whole mixture cook until the rice was well done and served it up. Everyone absolutely loved it.