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Winter CSA Week Eleven, and Dinner from the Box

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An accidental Eat Local Dinner was made today because the freezer was too full.

Today is CSA delivery day, so this morning my husband went to grab an ice pack to put in the cooler for the CSA delivered meat and eggs. The freezer is pretty full, between sorbets for me while recovering and the accumulation of meat and frozen veggies delivered the past few weeks.

So, I said, take out the chicken and put it in the crockpot. Frozen? Yes, frozen. Frozen chicken in the crockpot is an easy way to make soup. If you try to put a fresh chicken in the pot, it will totally disintegrate before dinner. Chicken mush isn’t appetizing. The beauty of crockpot cooking is the ability to use frozen items like we did.

The makings for dinner. All dumped in the pot, including the butter used later to spread on the chicken, and the turkey stock left in the freezer since Thanksgiving. It is the start of three or four meals, which included chicken tonight with potatoes from the CSA box last week and greens delivered today. The rest will be shredded then the broth pulled out of the pot. Broth will go back in Sunday with a soffrito and the chicken to make the basis for chicken noodle soup. Leftover big pieces of chicken will be used for chicken salad, and there will be enough soup for two dinners. The only safety tip about cooking frozen meat is to let it cook on high, not low, for at least 6 hours, then switch to low if you don’t want it to fall apart.

This is the platter ready to serve. All of this chicken won’t be used for the dinner, but put aside for the salad. All of the rest of the carcass and dark meats are still in the crockpot waiting to be pulled apart and deboned.

As for what came today in the CSA box, there were:

Salad Greens – used for dinner
Collard Greens
Oranges from Florida
Mixed Onions

The meat this week was JW Treuth’s center cut pork chops.

Also included were my biweekly eggs, all shapes sizes and colors, even a long pointy one.

So, dinner tonight was almost 100% from my winter CSA. The only non-CSA items were the butter from South Mountain, the turkey stock from my Maple Lawn turkey, and the dressing for the greens from Catoctin Mountain. Oh, and salt, pepper and herbs de Provence.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

4 responses »

  1. I never knew about putting frozen stuff in the crockpot but you’re so right. When you don’t, it turns to mush.

  2. I know a friend that puts frozen pork chops in the crockpot and they turn out great. Thanks for the tips on the frozen chicken. That one crockpot sure stretches into many great meals. I love roasting chickens and doing the same things. I will definitely use the crockpot this summer instead of the oven and this is the perfect way to do it. Thanks Again! Nice accidental local meal(s) you have there.

    • You won’t believe this but there are frozen pork chops in the crockpot right now. They are tonight’s Dark Days dinner. The ones in the picture above from the CSA.

      Update later!


  3. Pingback: Week 16: Recap for the South Region | Sincerely, Emily

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