“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

How to Cook a Whole Chicken

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Whether you are buying a whole chicken from the store or like we will begin doing in the spring, you raise your own chickens for eggs and meat, you need a good resource on how to go about cooking it.  The November edition of the Weekend Homesteader ebook has great information of cooking up that chicken.

Weekend Homesteader

The Weekend Homesteader ebook is a monthly series published by Anna Hess from The Walden Effect, Anna and her husband Mark’s blog that documents their trials, experiments, and experiences of living on a 58 acre homestead.  The Weekend Homesteader walks readers through the basics of growing your own food, cooking the bounty, preparing for emergency power outages, and achieving financial independence.  Each edition is setup to provide a project the reader can tackle on each of the weekends for that month.  Each project is relevant to events that are going on around a homestead at that time of year.


November Edition of Weekend Homesteader Volume 7

The November edition has an excellent step by step description on how to cook a whole chicken with vegetables to complement it.  She steps the reader through the ingredients needed, vegetable preparation, seasoning, basting, cooking, a little on chicken stock, and the difference between cooking a store bought vs heritage breed chicken.  This is a valuable resource for us since we are preparing to raise chickens in the spring for eggs, our meat, and some for sale.  Other topics for this month’s edition include information on planning your garden’s bed rotation, storing water for emergency power outages, and diversifying your income by starting a small sideline business.

The Walden Effect, The Chicken Blog (another one of their blogs), and the Weekend Homesteader ebooks are resources I read and reference regularly.  If you want an informative and entertaining source on homesteading, check out their sites and check out some of the Weekend Homesteader ebooks below.