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Just Bare Chicken

Just Bare Chicken

A while back the people at Just Bare Chicken asked if they could send me some chicken. I agreed, it was an unexpected offer, and what came to my house was a rather larger than expected box of packaged chicken. We ate really well for a while there.

Just Bare Chicken is family farm raised, sustainable, cage free, vegetable fed, no hormones, no antibiotics. It comes in packing that is recyclable. And you can learn more about the farm where the chicken was raised by entering the Family Farm code on the packaging into the website. It’s all good stuff, you can read more here.

Just Bare Chicken comes with all the icky bits neatly trimmed away*, in packaging that is easy to open. I was pleased to find that the chicken stays tender no matter what sort of cooking torture I put it through, including when I was sure I terribly overcooked some plump breasts while making Mustard-Tarragon Chicken, tenderloin strips put up with my aggressive overbaking when making parmesan chicken strips, both drumsticks and boneless thighs held their own in some Chicken Marbella and a whole chicken turned out very well when we roasted it upside down (on purpose I swear) but stuffed it so full of lemons and herbs that we needed to give it extra cooking time.

I find myself missing Just Bare chicken this week as I’m in a hectic whirl of last minute travel and reception planning for an upcoming trip to a distant state. The chicken was so easy to pop out of the packaging and throw into a pan, and yielded outstanding (at least for me, admittedly it doesn’t take much to make my cooking better) dinner results. It’s not widely available yet but if you can find it I can recommend trying it out, especially if you’re in a bit of a hurry that evening.

* (Despite myself I’m still squeamish over raw meat and find trimming it to be a bit of a trying experience while trying to keep things in my tiny kitchen uncontaminated.)

· comments [12] · 09-7-2009 · categories:food ·

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joanna // Sep 7, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I really enjoy your Web site, and appreciate all the time you spend putting together. It can’t be easy, and I don’t want to people one of those people who sends horrible comments (I understand how frustrating that can be). But please, please consider nixing the product endorsements? I get the most value from your links, projects and observations, and I think the endorsements cloud the vision of your site.

    Maybe consider putting the endorsements in a separate section with the advertising? I know this is a major debate, and I just wanted to weigh in as a regular reader.

    Again, I generally think your site is great and keep up the good work!

  • 2 alison // Sep 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Sounds good, but it’s not coming up as available near me. All chicken sold in the U.S. is free of added hormones, so it’s kind of amusing to see that fact used as a selling point. (But if I sold chicken, I’d probably do the same.)

  • 3 Meredith // Sep 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I want to try it! I can’t seem to get the where to buy it feature to work on the site, or maybe it’s not available near me.

    Kind of reminds me of “Smart Chicken”. That’s what I use. I hate having to trim off the gross parts and Smart Chicken is organic, too.

  • 4 herschel // Sep 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    i am intrigued! (and hungry)

  • 5 megan // Sep 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Joanna- I hear you, but be assured I really did like this stuff enough to mention it here.

  • 6 mary // Sep 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I love Just Bare chicken, too! And I agree about how nice it is to already have all of the “ugly stuff” already trimmed off! I can get it at Super Target here in Texas, but occasionally all of the packages that are out are expired – need to get Target to work on that!

  • 7 ara jane // Sep 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I hate to do this, because I never comment (even though I’ve read and enjoyed your blog for so very long), but I have to agree with Joanna up there. These product endorsement, which seem to be becoming more and more frequent lately, are really turning me off of your blog a bit. I’ve always loved reading about things/websites/people you love, and these pseudo-advertisements are making it hard to know what you really do love, and what people are “paying” you to love. Again, I’ve adored your blog for many years now and think that you’re the bee’s knees, but these “ads” have kind of become an issue for me, too.

  • 8 Susan // Sep 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I just want to say that I know Megan well enough to know that she just wouldn’t write about the product if she didn’t like, no matter how much free chicken someone sent her.

  • 9 Anna // Sep 9, 2009 at 12:47 am

    The endorsements might seem a little awkward, but you know what, I’ve been reading and loving this site for years (and have told Megan this on a couple of occasions — she’s always written back, which is awesome) and it’s still free and I still love it.

  • 10 Mary Beth // Sep 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I LOVE that chicken! I’m in Nebraska and I buy it at Hy-Vee. I’ve been using it for months.
    http://redmittens.com/2008/11/05/tuesday-2/
    http://redmittens.com/2009/02/07/1136/

    And, I for one, LOVE your product endorsements. We use products…and the internet is my backyard fence. This is how I learn about new things!

  • 11 Gwen // Sep 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I love it when the icky bits are already trimmed away. Many times during this pregnancy the icky bits have sent me running from the kitchen!

    This sounds like a great product!

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