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M44 Thu 04-Oct-12 12:44:23

grrrrr......I asked the butcher for chicken thighs. I have got chicken thighs but with a lot more added on like chicken rib cage (well it looks like rib cage attached).......I saw one tidy thigh and that's what I thought I was getting. I did not have to expect to have to pay for a load of rubbish atached and and I don't have the knives to be able to cut out unwanted bones........grrrr

Should I take them back.....or what? I am grumping and now wish I hadn't bothered thinking about a lovely casserole for tea. Put right off at the thought of picking bones out........more than the norm......

Gumby Thu 04-Oct-12 12:45:14


YouOldSlag Thu 04-Oct-12 12:45:36

They'll make amazing stock.

UnChartered Thu 04-Oct-12 12:46:54

can you post a picture?

and tbh, you should be able to break any unwanted joints off, and cut the sinews and meat with any kitchen knife - use the extras for stock

M44 Thu 04-Oct-12 13:01:05

I rang the butcher......who just said that is how we sell them.....but what he initially showed me is not what he bagged up for me. I expect a bone in the thigh but not half a carcass attached! Never in my many years of going to butchers have i seen thighs that are like this.
I went to this butchers as it is closer than my preferred one as I am just getting over a really nasty bug/chest infection. The good butchers was too far for me to go today. I can't face them now as they are very bloody too.....normally I am not squeamish, but just too tired to be bothered with boning out.....which I have tried with one.
Sorry can't do the photo just now....
Macaroni cheese for tea then.

ProudNeathGirl Thu 04-Oct-12 13:02:44

I don't know what you have, but it's thighs can't be attached to it's rib cage! That would be a very funny shaped chicken smile

UnChartered Thu 04-Oct-12 13:03:36

that's what i think Proud

are you sure they aren't breasts, OP?

NellyJob Thu 04-Oct-12 13:05:30

really odd, what kind of mutant chickens do they have down your way?

AnnoyingOrange Thu 04-Oct-12 13:07:05

You should invest in some decent knives

I love wielding a sharp knife smile

M44 Thu 04-Oct-12 13:13:33

I know-I couldn't believe it was ribs laughing now......but there would have been so much waste which I resent paying for, well I resent paying for the whole lot! That will teach me for going to that particular butchers and not my lovely butchers who are always giving me things to try- a new sausage or new cheese etc. It is an outing to my normal one, by the time we have chatted and caught up with each other!

M44 Thu 04-Oct-12 13:13:57

Thank you for sharing in my grumpiness....

WineGoggles Thu 04-Oct-12 13:25:38

If you're making a casserole I'd be inclined to just bung the whole lot in and eat the meat off the bone when it's served.

Paiviaso Thu 04-Oct-12 14:47:11

I cute up chicken carcasses weekly with a dull, small serrated knife and my bare hands, so I'm really not buying that you "don't have the right knives." Honestly you sound like you are being a bit of a princess about it.

UnChartered Thu 04-Oct-12 14:53:52

that's a bit harsh Paiviaso

OP asked the butcher for one thing, seems like she got something other than that

Paiviaso Thu 04-Oct-12 15:14:42

Unchartered, then she can take it back. But she isn't. And is moaning she can't use it. I think she can.

Funny, I thought people posted on AIBU so that people would give them honest answers.

Mandy2003 Thu 04-Oct-12 15:28:16

You can cut most unwanted chicken body parts off with a pair of kitchen scissors if you cut through the right place on the joints (ligaments).

Binkyridesagain Thu 04-Oct-12 15:31:32

Sounds like you have been sold chicken quarters with the drumsticks removed, cook them as they are, there should be a little more meat than if you used thigh only.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 04-Oct-12 15:37:27

YANBU and it's definitely a crap butcher. Swindler.

minipie Thu 04-Oct-12 15:47:10

Um, sounds like you have been given free extra chicken, which outweighs (IMO) the hassle of cutting it off. If you're using it in a casserole the meat will fall off the bone by the time it's done anyway, so no need to trim?

M44 Thu 04-Oct-12 16:03:59

If you read the post, those whom have decided to call me a princess- you will read that I am recovering from being ill and wanted an easy supper and I have tried to take this rogue bone out. Simple- I can't be bothered today because i still feel S**T. I asked the butcher for something....he showed me what I was expecting and gave me something different. If I was on top form I would have cooked the whole lot up and served it......but because I feel S**T I haven't and have written it off. OK?
Oh it was butchered badly too......just put me off. We are allowed to have an off day.
You will also see I was laughing about it......after my grump.
I have killed chickens before, plucked and gutted them; I have helped skin a deer (yes killed legally-I wasn't poaching!) not generally squeamish. Ex nurse who has recieved amputated legs into black bags...
Why does mumsnet do this-why am I justifying myself now......I'm just having a rubbish day. Maybe I posted in the wrong section-I did ask you what you would do- fair dos....but to be called a princess will give my husband a right old laugh later. Princess, I certainly ain't!! Thank you UnChartered for sticking up for me!

squeakytoy Thu 04-Oct-12 16:05:39

I would use a pair of scissors and just cut the meat off.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Thu 04-Oct-12 16:11:52

Just use them for stock or freeze for when u r feeling better and can face sorting it out. Then order yourself a pizza/Chinese!! and have a medicinal wine or something hope u feel better soon!! Oh and beans on toast for the kids won't hurt!!! smile

EldritchCleavage Thu 04-Oct-12 16:18:44

I get it-you wanted something easy because you're not 100% (me too, I sympathise: D & V this weekend, lovely) but you got something unexpected and faffy which is making you feel queasy.

But you can use kitchen scissors like squeakytoy says and cut the straggly bits off.

GragPop Thu 04-Oct-12 16:26:13

I would be annoyed getting something different from what I was shown.


I would freeze if possible.

Woozley Thu 04-Oct-12 16:27:52

It's not "extra free" chicken if you are paying by weight is it? If you are paying by weight you don't want to be paying for bits of carcass hmm

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