I wanted to see for myself just how much boneless chicken breast I’m really buying for my money after all the fat is cut off the poultry. It’s a bit of an eye-opener.
Over the summer, I bought a large package of boneless chicken breast and it was ultra-fatty, which meant I cut half of it away! (My family can’t tolerate even a speck of fat on their chicken!) So, if I pay $1.99 (on sale) per lb. for a 3-lb. package of boneless chicken, I should be paying $6.00 for three solid pounds of chicken. No, it doesn’t quite work that way. On average, I cut off about a pound of fat (that includes all that odd and unidentifiable cartilage that’s inedible). Then, it’s really $6.00 for 2-lbs. of chicken, making it $3.00 a pound. Not such a great sale now, right?
Sometimes, it pays to buy already-trimmed and expensive chicken if there is no sale on untrimmed boneless. I discovered this when I had to unexpectedly pick up some chicken breast for a friend to grill on the boat. Not like you can cut fat off chicken breasts on a rocking boat! Luckily I had coupons on me to buy Perdue Perfect Portions (seriously perfect with not a speck of fat) that were on sale. So I bought two 1-1/2 lb. packages at $3.99 each. The math: 3 lbs. for $8.00, or $2.66 a pound. Not too bad if there’s no sale on anything else.
The bottom line: that great sale on untrimmed boneless chicken breast may not be that great, but it’s even worse when you buy the chicken when it’s NOT on sale!
If I’m totally off the mark, please let me know!