Most often after I grocery shop I have all of this food I can not cook. Not because I don’t know how, but because I don’t have the energy to do it. So through the years, I’ve learned to break down big jobs into smaller more doable jobs.
One of the things I have just started doing is prepping my meat. We eat a lot of chicken. It’s lean, it’s versatile and doesn’t take long to cook. I typically buy 2-3 packages of boneless skinless chicken breasts (unless I’m butchering one of our chickens). Each package contains roughly 6 pieces of meat.
Shredded chicken is wonderful in recipes, but is time consuming to do. In the old days (before my friends wised me up) I used to take two forks and pull chicken apart to shred it. I know I’m a bit behind the curve on this as many of you have probably figured out a food processor is faster and easier.
But what if I told you there is something easier and faster than a food processor, and you probably already have it in your kitchen?
In an effort to streamline my cook time, I prep one package of chicken ahead of time. The other 2 I break up into Ziploc bags and freeze in smaller quantities for grilling. I do this usually a day or two after I get groceries because shopping for food wears me out. I open up the package, wash the meat, trim it and throw it in a pot of boiling water.
Then I let it cook for about 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. I drain the water.
Now this next step is important. And I can’t take credit for this life-hack as I got this idea from a few of my friends at church. But it is by far the best way to shred chicken.
Put it in the mixer.
Did you get that? The mixer? Yep. The mixer.
I place 3-4 chicken breast in my mixer and mix on low for about 2 minutes. It shreds with ease. Then I add the remaining chicken and repeat the process. This is a time saver, energy saver and much easier than using two forks to shred chicken.
I then put all the meat in a bowl with a lid and place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to cool.
Once cooled, I divide the chicken into quart size Ziploc bags and freeze it. This gives me cooked shredded chicken at my fingertips, so when I go to make that yummy chicken pot pie it cuts my cook time in half.
What about you?
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