What person woke up one day and thought, "Hmmm, I wonder if tying a chicken up in string will help keep the flavor in?" I'm awfully curious. Even though I'm not eating meat anymore, my family does. I still make what they like as well as what I like. And when I buy meat, I make sure I buy the right kind of meat.

So today I had a whole chicken and I found a recipe that seemed good... rubbed with seasonings and then tied up trussed. And the trussing instructions seemed simple. But all I had was blue sewing thread. So I tried. And it was like a crochet project gone bad. With a bit of slippery wrestling thrown in.

Any hope I ever had of Ina Garten meeting me and saying I was a good cook just left the building.


hotflawedmama said...

I'm bad at trussing (is that a word?) as well. It always looks like girl on girl female jello wrestling with the bird taking place of one of the girls. Just bad.

Deirdre said...

This is where stapler and glue gun come in handy. My two favorite kitchen tools!

Mark and Sarah said...

No good here either, and I never have the right twine (or whatever it is you're supposed to use). Okay, I'm very intrigued...how are you eating vegetarian while the rest of your family doesn't, without having to make separate meals? Do tell!

Old Men Reflect said...

Suggestion: Next time buy the bird at Whole Foods and ask the butcher to truss the bird for you. They will also tie roasts, make special cuts, butcher whole chickens the way that you want etc. Tony's in Denver will do the same.

Just my input. But you ought to be congratulated for feeding your family the healthy way. Very tough for children to vegans or vegetarians. Hard to get all the protein.

Other items to use while trussing a bird that makes it easier that slimey small thread: Kite string, package wrapping twine, twine, strips of rags cut in lengths (make sure there is no dye to bleed), strapping tape-wrap and twist.

Or just give the kids what they want, candy.