Aldi’s. I never would have expected! Recently I was given a tidbit of info that has changed my perception of shopping…Trader Joes and Aldi’s are apparently owned by the same German company! I never knew. My husband and I regularly make Trader Joes stops even though it’s a 40 minute drive. Sometimes if he’s working in that area he’d interrupt his workday, or tack it on at the end of it, to get there and buy some things for our family’s special diet.
After that mind blowing revelation, I stopped into our local Aldi’s just a few days ago and scored a mother load of chicken…Price? Originally around $11 each. Manager marked them down $2 off in an attempt to sell them. Still unsuccessfully moving the birds out, they replaced that sale (not in addition to) with a 50% off discount!
So. I got eight of them! I loaded up my cart. Now I have to say that these chickens were laying in some nasty juice on that bottom shelf that had leaked from somewhere. Upon arriving home I filled up one bucket of soapy water to baptize the prepackaged birds in and an additional bucket of clean water from our rain barrel to rinse and check packaging for leaks. None of my hens had a problem. Truly, now, these chickens were glazed by rain water–from my barrel (just like the back of this Organic Red Wheel Barrow, whole young chicken package speaks of…).
Seven of the eight were put in the deep freeze and one was left out to roast. I prepared to roast it by milling my own herbs in an electric coffee grinder (trial run went well) using organic basil and rosemary.
Next I had three of my kids help put olive oil, the milled herbs and some salt all over the rinsed and patted-dry chicken. Making sure to take out the extra parts from the carcass, I stuffed it with lemon halves and a couple garlic cloves. It was roasted at 375*F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. I stuck a meat thermometer in to register 180*F.
It. Was. Delicious.
Do you find great healing foods at your local Aldi’s? Where do you buy your groceries for a good price?
Although I don’t get chicken from Thrive Market*, I can find lots of great Paleo items to stock my shelves. Check them out.
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