Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A poultry sale to crow about

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If I thought I had landed a good buy when I paid 99 cents a pound for organic chicken legs at ShopRite in Hackensack today (see previous post), Whole Foods Market in Paramus really surprised me with a sale on free-range turkey drumsticks and wings.

I bought 5 pounds of turkey drumsticks for 49 cents a pound this afternoon -- a total of $2.59 for six drumsticks divided among three trays. They went right into the freezer.

The parts came from turkeys raised on vegetarian feed and without antibiotics.
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  1. Everybody puts turkey parts on sale after Thanksgiving, even free range turkeys, what else are they going to do with the unsold birds, make organic turkey burgers and freeze 'em?

    While you're at it, though, if you'd like a scoop, next time you make your rounds check out the meteoric rise in the price of chicken, even the unhealthy kind, and not the sale prices. Overnight Fairway jacked up the price of its rotisserie chickens from $5.49 to $6.49, so I'm guessing this is an industrywide trend.

  2. I've just started to shop for poultry again after many months of ignoring it.

    I'm still not eating meat, but my wife and son are.

    And I don't even look at chicken at Fairway because my wife prefers ShopRite's Readington Farms, which also is drug-free.

  3. Readington my lips: Even ShopRite is gonna raise its prices.

  4. OK. I'll be on the look-out. What do you think happened -- corn prices went through the roof?

    Or retaliation because your corny jokes went through the roof?

    Costco's rotisserie chicken is cheaper than Fairway's, but I tried it once and didn't like it.

  5. Hey, since getting the old heave ho, I have hardly any outlet for a corny comment or two. Ain't that just your luck!

  6. If you read the fine print on poultry that advertises "no added hormones, no antibiotics" it says that the FDA prohibits the use of antibiotics. Cattle and poultry grown for consumption are not allowed to be fed meat products and growth hormone has been prohibited for awhile. So really, nothing different than other chicken. It's just marketing.

    However, "free range" and "organic" are held to regulations stricter than the what the FDA mandates.

  7. I don't agree that it's just "marketing."

    The "fine print" says growth hormones -- not antibiotics -- are barred in raising poultry, but I don't know of any similar prohibition for beef and pork, nor is there a ban on animal by-products being fed to animals on factory farms.

    Do a little more research.


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