Which chicken do you buy? Do you buy caged, chicken kept inside barns, free range or organic -free range?
Every one of these options makes a huge difference to the price you pay.
Especially with the recession now many people have had to cut down on everything including their food bill which is a bit sad.
As you are what you eat, cutting down on what you end up putting inside yourself is the last thing you want to do.
When it comes to meat that’s when saving becomes difficult: spending money on good quality chicken makes a massive difference to its final taste and to the animal welfare too.
Standard intensive chickens are bred to grow unnaturally fast and they can be slaughtered when they are only six weeks old, just half the time it would take naturally. Their bones, heart and lungs often can’t keep up, causing them to become crippled or to have heart failure. They often have little room to move about, have no access to the outdoors and never see natural daylight.
So what’s their meat supposed to taste like?
The best way round it is to eat meat less often (which is better for you anyway) but when you have it you can really enjoy a decent quality piece of meat. You can notice if a chicken has had a good life by the consistency of their bones. If, after cooking, they fall apart and break easily, or if they are firm and strong which is always a sign of a good quality chicken.
The pictures you see here come from an organic farm where my sister goes regularly to buy organic free range chickens. Their taste is just incredible and their meat so lean and tender.