I recently tried organic, free range chicken for the first time. Yes, for the first time.
Organic chicken is so expensive. It rarely goes on sale where I live and actually very few stores even sell it.
I know the difference in good quality meat. I know it makes a difference what you feed the animals and how they are raised.
We raise hogs and are very careful what we feed our hogs. We want high quality meat and do the best we can to make sure it is just that.
Growing up my parent’s almost always had a cow that we would butcher for meat. We now buy half a beef every year from a local rancher. I know the difference in local raised, high quality beef versus what I can buy at the store.
But I have always figured chicken was not worth it. Yes, I know why they say organic chicken is better. And yes I know the debate about free range and what is truly better, and I just figured it was not really worth paying over twice the amount to get organic free range chickens.
Plus, we really do not eat very much chicken. After all we have a freezer full of pork, beef, and deer meat.
However, whole foods recently had a one day sale on organic chickens. I had to go to whole foods for a few other things, so I decided to buy a couple of organic free range chickens.
My husband was skeptical. He really did not see how there could be that much difference in the chicken, but he was fine with giving it a try.
Last week, I cooked one of these chickens in the crockpot just like I normally do. I did not do anything different. As my husband was eating his chicken for dinner, he said wow this chicken is really good. It is so moist and tender. He went on to say that it was some of the best chicken he has had.
And we all agreed that it was really good. Even my son, who does not usually like chicken, had thirds on the meat.
So, I now understand why people pay the extra for organic free range chicken. I am not sure I will only buy organic free range chicken because the cost is so high, but I will definitely be watching for it to come on sale and stocking up when they do.
What are your thoughts on the taste of organic free range chicken versus regular chicken? Do you think it is worth it?