Every other Thursday we will post about different basic cooking skills. Knowing how to prepare meals from scratch is a very important step in becoming self-reliant, which in turn is a crucial component of being prepared. Being able to cook meals for your family will give you confidence, more family togetherness time, and lower your food budget=more money for food storage! If you have a basic cooking skill you'd like to learn, email us! These meals contain perishable food items as this is a different series than our food storage recipes.
Ah, raw meat. The bane of my existence. At least that's what I thought when I was first learning to cook. Icky. But, I've learned a few ways to make it an easy and mess free experience.
This method works with either fresh or frozen chicken breasts. I almost always buy frozen because I can usually find a better deal.
Find a pot or frying pan with a lid and fill it with one cup of water for every two chicken breasts. I'm cooking 4, so I put in 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, and while its heating up, fill up your chicken container with cold water, if its frozen. Cold water defrosts chicken safely.
When the water boils, add a bit of salt (a teaspoon or so) like you were salting pasta water. This is the way you season the chicken.
Drain your defrosting water into the sink and plop the chicken into the boiling water and cover. My chicken was still mostly frozen and that's okay. Turn the heat down to low, I usually put it to 4.5 on my electric stovetop.
Set the timer for five minutes. This is what my chicken looked like after five minutes. Turn off the heat, flip the chicken over if you'd like, and put the lid back on--leaving the pot on the hot burner and set the timer for another five minutes so the chicken can steam.
Then you have perfectly cooked chicken ready to put into your favorite recipe! Keep in mind that you don't have to shred the chicken, you can dice it, slice it or leave it plain--whatever your recipe calls for.
Just an easy no fuss way to cook up some chicken for dinner.
Remember when you cook with any raw meat to wash and sanitize any dishes or surfaces you use. Especially your sinks!