Musing on food and cooking ...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Things you do with a chicken before cooking it

Last night, I couldn't sleep. I don't know if it was the fact that it actually felt cold after how many days of convection oven temperatures or what.... but what do you do when you can't sleep? Well, I play bad video games. Like Family Fued.

I was going along fairly well... scoring well above average... when I just lost it. Failed. Did not make it to the speed round. Only got one out of the top seven answers... The category?

Things you do with a chicken before cooking it.

I should know this! What do I do with a chicken before cooking it? Marinade it. Debone it. Cut it up. Clean it. Of these, the only one that was in the top seven was "clean it."

And the number one answer? Buy it.

Well, I guess that for most people the fact that you have to buy the chicken before cooking it is really a no brainer. Except for people like me, who grew up in an environment where I would be more likely to say you have to kill the chicken before you cook it - what with all those chickens running around the yard.

Honestly, though, I am fairly surprised that people actually knew that you had to do anything to the chicken before cooking it. So many people only know chicken as something rotisseried at the supermarket. Or as something that comes pre-cooked and pre-sliced with fake grill marks in a ready-to-eat pouch. Fast and easy - yes. Scary - Oh yeah.

1 comment:

jenn said...

I think that was a trick question! Or maybe most people are really dense.

I guess I would have assumed that you had already bought it (or killed it) and it was asking about first steps in the cooking process. Doesn't make sense!

No wonder that Family Feud guy killed himself.