Monday, February 12, 2018

Shredded Chicken

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Do you cook and freeze chicken in batches?  I do.  Those buy one get one deals that come around every so often are just too good to pass up. Anyway, I cook up about 6 - 12 chicken breasts in my pressure cooker and then I usually shred all of it.  Most of the time I buy chicken breasts with skin on and ribs because the meat is so much more flavorful when cooked altogether.  The stock is real good, too.  I keep that, freeze it in ice cube trays and use later.

Shredding chicken is one of my least favorite tasks.  It takes forever, even when it's hot as heck just out of the pot, and my poor hands are so sore after shredding half a dozen chicken breasts.  I usually clear off a spot at the dining room table and set up a little shredding station so that my back doesn't hurt from standing, hunched over the counter.

I've seen on Pinterest that by using an electric hand mixer, a couple chicken breasts can be shredded in seconds.  If you know me, you know that I probably have no idea where my hand mixer is and that I like to do things the hard way.  I wash all my dishes by hand, for crying out loud, when I have a perfectly good dishwasher just sitting there in the kitchen.

Well, over the holidays I had my electric hand mixer out from the dungeon and I had a dozen chicken breasts that I needed to shred.  I was exhausted and just wanted to be done with the day.  So what a better time to try out the too-good-to-be-true Pinterest story that says chicken can be shredded in seconds.  Oh my goodness!  It was crazy wonderful!

The photo above is 6 chicken breasts and it took me approximately 30 seconds to shred all of them, at the same time.  The chicken was cooled, not cold.  The beaters on the mixer were hardly even messy.  It took me just a few moments to wash them.  All of the things that I thought would make getting out the electric mixer a hassle was erased when the task was finished. No mess, fast clean up, and 30 seconds to shredded chicken!

I honestly can't believe I waited so long to try out such an easy shortcut.  Now that you know, don't you wait so long to try it out. If I only had ONE chicken breast to shred, I would get out the electric hand mixer.  It is seriously that wonderful.

Shredded chicken is so good in Mexican Chicken and Chicken Salad.  I have written a blog post about each of them.  I make chicken salad as often as I can, so I keep plenty of shredded chicken in the freezer.


Have a great day!

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Currently, this week

week of Jan 28th - Feb 3rd 2018

I've thought this was a neat list to use, but never had.  I don't think it would be enjoyable to me, to do every day, but for some reason it felt like the perfect thing to for this week.  I thought about this image several times recently and I've learned, when you think about something several times, you might as well use it or acknowledge it.  So I did both. 

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Thinking - My husband had trigger finger surgery on Monday.  He actually had two fingers that locked on him, so he had them both done at the same time.  So, I've been thinking about what his hand will look like when we take off the bandages tomorrow.

Enjoying - Since Steve has been relegated to the couch for the past several days, I have been enjoying having him near me for so many hours of the day.

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Feeling - Excited!  I started painting a cabinet today.  I can't wait to see what it's going to look like in a couple of days!

Wearing - A new bag. I had used my previous bag for over two years.  It was time to give it up. This is one of the many bags we sell in our Zazzle store,  I love the watercolor designs and they are really beautiful on these bags. 

Needing - Very little.  I can't even think of anything I need right now, except for Steve's hand to heal perfectly.

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Wanting - Wanting, now there's something that I always have a long list.  Lately though, I have been wanting to go an auction.  I miss the excitement of the bidding and seeing all the goodies up for sale. We don't need anything new introduced into our home, so I've avoided the auctions.  No more stuff, I keep telling myself.  No more stuff. 

Listening - to music and lots of it, which is unusual for me. I host a trivia show on Tuesday nights and I need music for the show, so I've been putting together music playlists.  It's been a lot of fun.

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Making - Food!  Goodness, ever since I have self diagnosed myself with an intolerance for MSG and Free Glutamic Acid, I have been cooking at home a lot.  Half the fridge is full of food I made that somehow has something in it that I can't eat and the other half is safe food.  We learned this past week that meat cooked in a slow cooker is poison to me.  Hard lessons.

Eating - Almonds.  Some friends of ours from California brought us almonds from their farm and they are the best raw almonds I have ever tasted.

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Drinking - Water.  We have the best water at our house - I love our reverse osmosis water system.  I will do almost anything to not buy water.  I take a gallon or two with us on our vacations and always take water with us when we go out.  If I buy bottled water, I feel like I'm buying water two or three times because I've already purchased water at home from the city and again when we purchased the reverse osmosis system (and filters, although they last a couple years.)  So why shell out more money for bottled? 

That's it for now.
Have a great day!