Send in your chicken and egg tips.
Jim asks, "There used to be a number of places were you could buy
(a case 10 ) of chicken seconds. The fault could be a broken wing. Used
to be one on Great South Rd north of main Manukau centre. Does anyone
know of such a place now. Pukekohe or Papakura: perhaps Manukau." Click
here >>> if you can help Jim
BW from Auckland
replies: Apparently, there is the Chicken Farm Shop at Puhinui Road,
Manukau. They sell discounted
chicken and some other products too (chicken hearts, liver pots,
sausages and eggs, corned beef, soy sauce and vermicelli as well as
coconut cream). See here
. I have never been - but my friend used to work there a few years ago
and the quality was pretty good.
Buy fresh or frozen whole chickens on special and cut it up
yourself. It is
so easy, and you get 2 full chicken breasts, 2 thighs, 2
wings, 2 drumsticks and a carcass for chicken stew and
dumplings. Cooking for
one, a chicken can last me up to two weeks. I also get 3
servings out of each breast by cubing, and using in gravy
and steamed rice dishes like butter chicken, thai curries or
teriyaki chicken. Think
about when you get a takeaway butter chicken. You really
only get about a breast worth in a container and that covers
2-4. - ME, Auckland.
Here's a fantastic recipe that my mum used to make. It's
cheap, quick and delicious and is now a family favourite in
my home. This recipe also freezes really well, so you can
make it in advance or freeze the leftovers. Ingredients:
legs and/or thighs
tin of tomato soup
mushrooms, chopped in chunks
brown onion, thinly sliced
tbsp dried mixed herbs.
All you have to do is place the ingredients in a casserole
dish, mix, and then place the lid on the dish. Cook in a
moderate oven for approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour. I usually
stir it after 30 minutes to mix it all through. Serve with
rice and beans or peas. Mum used to coat the chicken pieces in
flour and brown them before placing in the casserole dish.
However, as a busy mum myself, I skip this step and it turns
out just fine. It is such a hearty meal, you will all love it!
you have a few extra eggs freeze them. Just beat a couple
together and put in small jar or container and into the
freezer. Use for baking or scrambled eggs and particularly
useful for Christmas or birthday cakes. - Jan,
I would like to share my favourite egg Puffy Egg recipe with
others. My daughters made it at school. You need: 1 egg per
person, chopped bacon, 1 oz (about 30 grams) grated cheese,
1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1 slice of toast. Toast the bread.
Separate egg whites in a bowl; place the yolk on the toast.
Add salt to the egg white and beat until stiff. Spread over
the toast and sprinkle with grated cheese and bacon. Cook
for 15 minutes at 150C – Joan, Opotiki.
One of my fav' cheap yummy meals mum makes is eggs and rice
onions into thick slices and cook till translucent, and add
scramble egg mix, salt to taste.
Cook on medium so it doesn't burn and barely stir so
you have nice big fluffy scramble.
Take off 30 secs to a min before you think its cooked
because egg keeps cooking.
Serve on fresh steamed rice.
So yum and cheap when you buy 30 packs for $5-5.99. -ME,
- Anyone who buys the
dozen pack of eggs, just have a quick look at the price of
the 1/2 dozen pack, as I always find you can save anywhere
between 2 cents and 20 cents by buying two of the 1/2 dozen
packs instead of one dozen pack. - M.M., Auckland.
are easy to whip up anytime, and you don't need pastry to
have one. For my family of 6 we like having mini
quiches. Just chop up finely half an onion, fry with a
bit of crushed garlic and oil. Place in greased muffin
pans, add a bit of grated cheese. Then in a bowl or jug
add eggs and milk (depends on how much you are making) For
us it was 5 eggs and 1½ cups
of milk. Add ½ teaspoon
of salt and beat till mixed well. Then pour over onion
and cheese, and baked until the tops are nicely golden. Does
not take as long as one large quiche. Great with fresh
salad. Also quiches are a great way to use up veggies,
especially if you find you have some cooked veggies leftover
after dinner. Doesn't take long to make and cook, and
then you have already part of the next nights dinner. -
more information about egg farming see the Egg Producers
Federation website, click here
- Egg replacement powder (great for egg allergies, but cheap as well!).
It's cheaper than eggs and very convenient for
meat loaves, pikelets, etc. - M.N.
I have a tip that may make people a little queezy. I collect
dead possums and rabbits from the roadside and place them on
a wire rack (a fair distance away from my house!). I put a
large bucket underneath to collect the maggots as they drop
off the carcass. I then feed them to my chickens. They love
them! After the
maggots have had their fill, and my chickens theirs, the
remains go into my compost bill. - Joanne, Kaitaia.
more information about keeping chickens, click mapua
Quail. They are
gorgeous little birds and you can sell the eggs to your
Chinese friends and neighbours or to Chinese restaurants. Or
alternatively swap them for hen’s eggs or other goods.”
Now there’s a good idea and makes a change from chickens."
- Erina, Christchurch.