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A Cowboy’s Faith: Chicken wings still fowl

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It is nothing short of amazing what the poultry industry has done to expand sales.”

Much of the population already had a fondness for chicken prepared in a variety of ways.

Then somebody somehow made one of the lowest quality chicken parts, wings, into what many consider a food delicacy.

Contrary to most, chicken prepared in any manner and all forms of eggs never appealed to one wannabe cowboy. However, growing up as Dad’s assistant in the grocery store meat department, there was lots of experience with chicken.

Fryer-chicken was always a best-selling meat product, and most housewives preferred them cut up ready to fry. A butcher’s helper was called upon to cut chickens into common dinner table parts, legs, thighs, breast, back, wings, etc. From the Arkansas poultry processing plant, giblets were bagged separately and then sold with the cut-up fryer-chicken in a tray.

Learning to cut up a chicken takes a little time but can be developed into quite a skill. It became a meat block contest to see who could cut up a fryer-chicken the fastest. A slip of the sharp butcher knife one time left a permanent left index finger scar.

While fryer-chickens were most popular, lower-priced whole hens were also sold for making soup or chicken and noodles.

Poultry products have always been marketed for considerably lower prices and been highly competitive to beef sales. Unclear about the nutritious value of fowl compared to real red meat.

How a bony, veiny, low percentage meat, chicken part can be so demanded is remarkable. They have taken the bones and blood-vessels out, then breaded and heavily seasoned a little meat to make wings appetizing.

Never having eaten chicken wings even before they were “modernized,” the wide variety of preparation options seems to be expanding. Incomprehensible to a wannabe cowboy how chicken wings can be marketed as buffalo wings, but it sure does work.

Almost without exception, public eating places have several varieties of high-priced chicken wings listed at the top of their offerings. Highway signs often promote their chicken wings many miles away. They don’t want hungry drivers to have a delicious nutritious beef steak before they can get chicken.

Reminded that Jesus said, “Enjoy your chicken. It’s not what goes into your mouth, it’s what comes out of it that matters.”


Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

 

 

 


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