By June 7, 2006

Costco Gold Kist Farms frozen chicken

Yes, I am about to write about chicken breasts.

I normally buy a brace of chicken breasts from Costco and bag them, two at a time, in small Ziploc bags. I freeze the little chicken bits until I need them for grilling, and then I put them in the fridge the night before. While not particularly wracked with hardship, I didn’t like this system for a few reasons. The first reason was that the chicken breasts were a little too large to both be in one small back, but too small to be put in a larger back. I know this speaks terribly of some sort of container-compulsion issues I may have, but damn if I didn’t get peeved by having to smash two chicken breasts into a small bag. Secondly, it sucks having to bag ten pairs of chicken breasts.

I walked into Costco, prepared to buy my usual six pound package of chicken breasts, when low and behold I find that Costco now has packages of chicken already packaged in pairs in rip-off plastic pouches. I almost squealed in delight. Until I saw, next to the plain chicken breasts, pre-marinated chicken breasts packaged in the same fashion! I snatched up a package of each, and have been happily consuming them as fast as I can. The marinated set comes in three marinades: roasted garlic and herb, lemon herb, and teriyaki. We haven’t had the teriyaki ones yet, but the roasted garlic and lemon were both very good.

The chicken is hormone and preservative free. It does have approximately 3% per volume added water, but that doesn’t bother me so much. The plain chicken is $2.59 a pound and the marinated chicken is something like $3.29 a pound. Not super bargains, but better than what I could get at a regular grocery store, barring any sale on their house brand, steroidal chicken.

With two packs of plain chicken remaining, I’m due for another round of bock-bocks from Costco. I feel like these are perfect for bachelor/ettes and couples. The only thing I would change about them is that the perforated areas between the packages aren’t often weak enough to tear cleanly, so I’ve been using scissors. I also wish each individual bag was easier to open. Again, scissors solve that, but if we’re really focusing on convenience, I’d like to see a little bit more attention paid to this sort of thing.

Costco Gold Kist Farms, I individually bag and freeze four and a half out of five STFU mugs!

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  1. traceracer says:

    Oh that’s really awesome! I have the same complaints when I buy my meats in bulk.

    Hopefully the Arundel Mills one has the same product.

  2. jaine_parr says:

    brace. A pair of like things: three brace of partridges. (A brace of birds are often tied together by the feet, for easier carrying.)

    I normally buy a brace of chicken breasts from Costco

    My first thought was, “You’re only buying two, so what’s with the rebagging in pairs thing?”

  3. drfaulken says:

    Hrm, good point, maybe I should say,

    “I normally buy a bandolier’s worth of chicken breasts from Costco?”

  4. configuratrix says:

    Well, the one in Gaithersburg does.

    I find them a little salty (the plain ones, haven’t tried the flavorflave), but they’re still pretty good.

  5. drfaulken says:

    Did you rinse them off and pat them down? I don’t like using salt of any kind on my food, but maybe my rub covers up any salty taste.

  6. configuratrix says:

    Poured water over them in their plastic bags they came in, poured it out, but didn’t pat them down.

    That doesn’t help when they inject saline directly into the chickens, of course, which some manufacturers do these days (chicken and pork).

    Avg. daily sodium intake last 2 weeks: 1334 mg. That’s with some restuarant meals, but no canned goods or cheesy dishes. It’s hard to cut it out entirely when it’s already in milk and eggs and stuff, though I have had some days as low as the 600’s.