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I thought Sunday Dinner Was Ruined

Sunday 1 April 2018

We had a chicken for today and at 1pm, I put it in the oven to cook. It was wrapped in foil and fat placed on it and after an hour, I came down to turn it around, to ensure it cooked evenly. That was when I first noticed a strange smell. The chicken looked OK, so I put it back in the oven for the rest of the cooking time.

Time Up

At the time I calculated it would be cooked I went to peel back the foil covering, to brown the skin. The strange smell was there, even stronger. I cooked the chicken a bit longer at a higher temperature, to totally ensure it would be ok and once the skin was brown, lifted it out to cool before carving. It was only once I lifted it onto the dish to start carving that I realised that whoever had "drawn" the chicken had left the liver inside the body cavity and the smell was roasted chicken liver! Luckily, the meat was not affected in any way.

In Europe, the insides are supposed to be fully drawn and removed before sale, so someone made a mistake but I was certainly worried that our Sunday dinner would end up vegetables only!

April Fool?

Did the butcher or the farmer play an April Fool Joke?

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VinceSummers wrote on April 1, 2018, 5:50 PM

I'd have been tempted to keep the liver and toss the bird... I remember watching America's Funniest Home Videos -- an episode where this young woman had cooked her first turkey. Well she went to carve it when she discovered she had left the entire bag of giblets in the bird! Reminds me of a joke: Wives today treat their husbands like gods! At least you'd think so, what with all the burnt offerings they make them.

MegL wrote on April 1, 2018, 6:36 PM

I didn't fancy the liver at all. Giblets go off very quickly. I ask for the giblets with the turkey at Christmas, but they are kept separate by the butcher and only added to the bird at the point of sale. This chicken was bought on Friday, it was kept refrigerated of course, but if I had giblets, I would cook them the same day. I cook giblets in boiling water to form stock for gravy. When we had a dog and cat, they got the meaty bits once cooked.

VinceSummers wrote on April 1, 2018, 7:22 PM

I boil the giblets and eat the heart, liver, and neck. I let the gizzard go. I used to use turkey giblets in the turkey gravy I'd make.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 2, 2018, 12:20 AM

Yes. That would pretty well produce a pungent odor. Glad the dinner chicken was not ruined. Hope you enjoyed it.

MegL wrote on April 2, 2018, 4:06 AM

Yes, it was fine, thanks.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 2, 2018, 7:58 PM

We do the baked chicken thing on certain holidays. It is less expensive and just as tasty as turkey in my opinion. Along with serving dressing and other sides I think Chicken is a very economical and all around good meat for any occasion. My wife cooks it well seasoned and it is as tender as ever. So I bet that chicken you have in your pic was gone in less time than it takes for me to type this comment.

MegL wrote on April 3, 2018, 3:10 AM

Well the chicken last 3 - 4 days, normally. Day 1, the breast meat (and also day 2 if only the two of us). Day 2 (or 3) is the brown meat in a sauce to make curry. In the meantime, the carcass has been in the slow cooker to make stock, so the last day is vegetable soup. Yes, very economical.