If you’re like a lot of other meat lovers, chicken protein is a staple food in your home. Unfortunately, sneaky grocers have been known to try and pull the wool over our eyes by selling us meat that’s a bit “off” or has been previously frozen.
Since there are no helpful stickers to tell you when the bird was butchered, it makes you wonder if the chicken you buy at the grocery store is still fresh. Luckily, it only takes a few seconds to determine just how fresh that chicken really is!
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is here to show us his one finger trick to determining whether or not your chicken came straight from the barnyard. He tells Rachel Ray that chicken meat should spring back into shape if you press down on it with your finger.
If it doesn’t pop back into place, it’s likely that the meat has been sitting in the store for a while. It’s so simple, but the results are telling. However, that’s not the only sign that lets you know if your favorite cut of chicken has been involved in a game of “fowl” play! The color of the meat is a telling sign and Curtis shows you exactly what to look for.
On the other hand, if you’re one of those folks that love full-fat birds, the color of the skin might not be a good indicator of freshness. Want to know why? You’ll have to watch the video below to learn more valuable chicken-buying tips.
These tips are incredibly helpful when purchasing your favorite cut of poultry. Chicken is perfect on the grill, barbecued, baked, broiled, in soup, enchiladas and as the featured ingredient in other recipes.
Chef Curtis shares that consumers are likely better off buying a whole chicken and using the desired parts, instead of buying pre-cut pieces. He said he could almost guarantee that it’s fresher than the meat that’s already cut and packaged to sell.
These surprising tips may change the way you grocery shop. What incredibly helpful tips!