Monday, June 25, 2007

Undignified in Death?

picture photograph or animated gif 2007 copyright of sam breach http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/

First I read about hers and then I noticed she had one as well and because I didn't want to be left out, I joined the Marin Sun Farms Chicken get out your cleaver club too.



Other Resources & Further Reading
There are lots of instructions online about How to Cut up a Chicken, but in the several that I checked, the head and feet had already been removed. Is the Western world too mollycoddled?

The Great San Francisco Chicken Crisis of 2007.

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Undignified in Death?

20 Comments:

  • At 25/6/07 05:08, Anonymous Mary said…

    Awesome. I'm pleased to see that living in the US hasn't given you that smarmy sentimentality over things that are going to end up in our stomachs anyway.

     
  • At 25/6/07 07:22, Anonymous Catherine said…

    I found that once you've done it once, it ain't no big deal. Though I admit that the fingernails still creep me out.

     
  • At 25/6/07 09:29, Blogger Del4yo said…

    At least you didn't have to kill it
    ;p

    I knew how remove the feathers and prepare feasants and wild ducks...I'm glad I don't have to do it anymore, even if I regret the taste of my mom's venison pates.

     
  • At 25/6/07 09:51, Blogger Dagny said…

    Hilarious photo.

     
  • At 25/6/07 10:37, Blogger cookiecrumb said…

    Perfect picture. Indignity indeed.

    Now. I was wondering what to do with the head, and Kudzu sent me this YouTube link.

     
  • At 25/6/07 11:53, Anonymous Sean said…

    Gawd, it looks like a crime scene. Where's the chalk line?

    Heritage Farm chickens should be back at Prather this week. Yay!

     
  • At 25/6/07 14:06, Blogger Sam said…

    What to do with a chicken head? I was hoping to make my poor cleaner jump out of her skin. She's funny - she'd only laugh. (I hope)

    I made a nice stock. I probably faux pas-ed but i mixed the cooked carcuss bits and the non cooked bits all in one pot. Haven't tried it yet, its waiting to be souped, but it had a nice gel when I checked this morning.

    Sean - I have to say I much preferred this one over the Heritage chicken, but it could have been the way I cooked it?

    thanks to everyoen who popped by today!

     
  • At 25/6/07 21:02, Blogger candyschultz said…

    It looks like a gnome singing.

     
  • At 25/6/07 21:18, Anonymous jeanne bee said…

    I fear I may be a wee mollycoddled.
    This could be my 2007 Chicken Challenge!

     
  • At 26/6/07 07:09, Blogger ChrisB said…

    That brings back memories, uncle david used to kill the chickens and we had to do the rest.

     
  • At 26/6/07 14:07, Blogger A Few Reservations said…

    Wow. That's, uh, yep. Very undignified. I suppose it's good when folks are reminded where their food comes from.

     
  • At 26/6/07 19:43, Anonymous Kitchen Chick said…

    That's a great photo. At first glance I thought it was stuffed face-down into the drain.

     
  • At 27/6/07 11:16, Anonymous Sally said…

    I am not even American, so I guess my "smarmy sentimentality" might come from other ethnicities... :-)

    but in all honesty, I don't "get" the point of the photo. Yes, the chicken, as well as the cow, the pig, they will all end up in my belly anyway - but I like to picture them in a more respectful light. Cynic of me? well, maybe a little.

    but I just cannot join the crowd laughing at the photo, and instead will be the single dissenting voice...

    hey, I still love your blog, nothing personal. Just a slight difference of opinion, if you don t mind. :-)

     
  • At 27/6/07 11:23, Blogger Sam said…

    Sally - I did photograph it more respectfully (see the next post). The point was to show the contrast - to illustrate where meat comes from - it will do us all good to remember.

    I didn't pose it like this for a joke or redicule - I was cleaning the chicken in the sink and when I saw it looking that way I took a photograph. I think it is important for people to remember where chicken comes from - and that slabs of white breast meat sitting in a vaccum pack in the supermarket actually came from a real animal. This photo serves to remind us that. I have total respect for this chicken because of that. I used every little scrap of this chicken. I boiled the carcass to make stock. The leftovers went in my sandwiches.

    I loved this whole chicken. I did not just take its breast and run.

     
  • At 27/6/07 14:28, Anonymous Sally said…

    Ok, I "get" it now

    I think that having recently finished reading "THe Omnivore's Dilemma" made me overly concerned...


    great book, by the way

    thank you for your reply....

     
  • At 28/6/07 13:27, Anonymous Doug said…

    While I don't go out and find/kill my own game, I think its important to be connected to one's food chain.

    I have caught and cleaned my own fish before - this certainly takes it one step further. You're a trooper.

    Its no wonder people use butchers.

     
  • At 29/6/07 17:21, Blogger Catherine said…

    Sam, you know I luv u, but this is appalling.

     
  • At 29/6/07 17:47, Blogger Sam said…

    Catherine - I welcome your opinion but some back up as to why exactly you find this appalling might help me address your particular issue with it. Did you read through the comments because i did explain my thinking further.

    I am assuming you find any picture of meat appalling. Or would this post be more acceptable if this were simply a raw chicken breast? If the answer to the latter is yes, then I would probably have to have a (civilized) argument with you.

    It is a fact of life that I choose to eat meat and I have no problem in exploring where my food comes from. In fact I think it is far more respectful of me to do so. I eat dead animals and so I have to deal with what that means. I refuse to sweep the facts under the carpet.

    Hope that explains a little of my philosohy to you

     
  • At 29/6/07 19:29, Blogger Catherine said…

    Hi Sam,

    I'm probably taking it in a way you didn't intend. The image seems mocking to me. No I didn't read thru all the comments before I commented and I see where you explained it.

    Glad you're being mindful, a worthy goal.

    Catherine

     
  • At 1/7/07 14:16, Anonymous Barbara said…

    I do hope you saved the feet for stock....

     

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