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4 kg of chicken carcasses - what do I do!

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ethelb Wed 03-Oct-12 18:48:45

I have just got my order from Farmers Choice and it looks lovely. Except, or thought I rodered two chicken carcasses (free) to make stock with, but they have arrived and are 2x 2kg bags. Frozen.

They are HUGE, think of a sack of dead chicken bits, and frozen, and I can't fit them in my fridge or freezer.

Help!

notnowImreading Wed 03-Oct-12 18:53:48

Many, many saucepans of stock?

Slubberdegullion Wed 03-Oct-12 18:59:19

Make a whole shed load of stock or find someone who raw feeds their dog.

ethelb Wed 03-Oct-12 19:00:21

I have a 5 litre slow cooker which will go on tomorrow morning when the stuff has defrosted. I think that will take one of them. But then, where do I put the stock? grin

The bags are literally longer and wider than the shelves in my fridge and freezer.

ethelb Wed 03-Oct-12 19:00:43

slow cooker for stock obv.

Caerlaverock Wed 03-Oct-12 19:02:37

Phone round friend, out on free cycle. You can't use it all

AndiMac Wed 03-Oct-12 19:03:38

Wow, that's a lot of chicken carcass. Put it in the slow cooker and put the lid on slightly ajar so it concentrates down so it takes up less room. If you have good freezer bags that you know don't leak, you can fill them up and freeze them flat, which I find often takes up less room to store.

Caerlaverock Wed 03-Oct-12 19:07:39

I find stock cubes take up even less room. <facetious face>

Slubberdegullion Wed 03-Oct-12 19:15:48

Yes but those of us who are proper stock makers can tell the difference Caer

<patronising soup face>

ethelb Wed 03-Oct-12 21:38:07

It had better be good stock.

Or I'm back on the oxo

PenisColada Wed 03-Oct-12 21:40:06

My dogs love a chicken carcass. I will take them off your hands if you are near me !

ethelb Wed 03-Oct-12 21:41:37

Im in putney.

PenisColada Wed 03-Oct-12 21:45:40

Shame nowhere near me.
If you have friends with dogs they may want them though. I pay 80p for a bag of about 4 for the dogs.

TodaysAGoodDay Wed 03-Oct-12 22:04:06

If you do the stock in the slow cooker, leave the lid off for a couple of hours (with it on high) after the stock has done, and reduce the liquid to a quarter of what it was. The more you reduce it, the more concentrated it is, and also takes up a lot less space.

This leaving the lid off thing at the end of cooking is also particularly helpful if there is too much liquid in your slow cooker at the end of cooking.

TodaysAGoodDay Wed 03-Oct-12 22:05:17

Also, if you have a good sharp pair of kitchen scissors, cut the carcasses up small before you cook them, that way you'll need less liquid to begin with.

ethelb Wed 03-Oct-12 22:12:50

Penis try farmers choice. They do them free! I wonder if that's what they were intended for.

PenisColada Wed 03-Oct-12 22:15:22

Can you order just free stuff or do you have to actually buy something ?

ethelb Thu 04-Oct-12 09:30:54

you have to buy stuff. Though I don't think there is a minimum order if you set up a monthly direct debit with them. We have one for £25 a month but I think it can be as low as £10.

OnlyWantsOne Thu 04-Oct-12 23:07:48

I thought you weren't meant to give chicken bones to dogs?

BonzoDooDah Thu 04-Oct-12 23:09:48

axe them?

PenisColada Thu 04-Oct-12 23:11:16

Raw chicken bones are great for dogs.

It is cooked bones that splinter and are no good for dogs.

NotMostPeople Thu 04-Oct-12 23:12:30

Only cooked chicken bones, raw is fine Afterall big animals eat smaller animals in the wild.

lisad123 Thu 04-Oct-12 23:14:06

Ask on dog threads, loads of them use the raw food diet grin

PenisColada Thu 04-Oct-12 23:16:24

The dogs make a lovely crunch crunch crunchy noise whilst eating their raw bones. It keeps them occupied for ages. Nice firm poo too so it is a win win all round.

ethelb Fri 05-Oct-12 09:09:54

thanks for all the help. I managed to use them all up except one and strained the last batch of stock this morning.

I used one batch of stock up in a chinese chicken noodle soup thing last night.

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