What Do You Do With Chicken Feet?

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I get asked all the time about where to buy grass fed pastured meats. There is a perception that grass fed is cost-prohibitive and that can be true at the big food stores. But, beyond our local stores, one of the best places to purchase organic, pastured meats are our local Farmers' Markets.

Saturday, I drove to Chestnut Square in Historic McKinney to pick up an order I had placed earlier in the week. I have been a customer of Rehoboth Ranch for over a year now, after finding them downtown. Unfortunately, they are not downtown anymore. Check out their website, www.rehobothranch.com. for locations convenient for you.

In anticipation of an upcoming Bone Broth class, I placed an order online for some chicken feet. Adding a couple of feet to simmering broth guarantees that you will have collagen-rich broth, giving it that gelatinous texture.

And because my husband loves my homemade paté, I also ordered 2 lbs of organic chicken livers. People fall into 2 camps—either they love paté or hate it. It's a wonderfully nutrient-dense food, perfect even for baby’s first meat. I use a recipe by Jennifer McGruther found in her book, The Nourished Kitchen: Sherried Chicken Liver Paté with Apples and Sage. Once you make a batch, the key is to put it in small-portion ramekins, and freeze them. For just the two of us, one ramekin lasts about 2–3 days. We spread it on sprouted crackers or a celery stick.

At Rehoboth, I purchased the chicken feet, livers, and soup bones. Upon another's recommendation I also picked up a package of breakfast sausage. All of the above for less than $25! A bargain to say the least.

Scott and I tried the mild breakfast sausage this morning with our fried eggs, sweet potato hash, and sautéed spinach. We will be going back for more very soon.

Anyway, when was the last time you spent a Saturday morning touring McKinney? So many lovely shops and restaurants. The market has a wide assortment of vendors: local farmers providing pastured eggs, honey, breads, nuts, vegetables, and even local wine. One of the vendors I like is Nate’s Raw Harvest. He specializes in soaked and sprouted nuts, seeds, and trail mix. Soaking and sprouting nuts makes them more digestible and releases more nutrients and eliminates the phytic acid that can bind to our vitamins and minerals. I soak and sprout my own almonds, pecans, and walnuts, and pop them in my dehydrator. The taste is superior to just raw nuts. But sometimes it’s nice and convenient to buy a bag from someone like Nate.

If you are trying to improve your family’s diet by substituting in grass-fed pastured meat products, look no further than our local Farmers Markets. Get to know the ranchers and farmers—you’ll be glad you did!