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#1 of 8 Old 03-24-2007, 10:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Yesterday when I bought my chicken I was given the head. Usually I just take the feet and neck for stock. Have you made stock with the whole head? I'm not sure I want to but I'm not sure I want to cut it from the neck myself either.
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I'm no expert, but personally I'd cut it off. I don't feel comfortable cooking/eating anything while it's "watching" me.
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I buy heads by the bag, feet too. I wait until I have a whole carcass, then I add about 10 heads & 20 feet to make a nice big pot of stock.

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Yeah...I'd be squemish too about opening my stock pot and having my meal looking back at me.

Of course, being NT means getting over squemish situations, eh? Chicken feet in stock...drinking brewed kombucha...drinking cultured milk...kimchi, etc.

Still, it's a bit of a hang-up for me when my meals involve eyeballs.

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The first time I made NT fish stock I was really dubious about using fish heads (same idea as chicken heads, sort of). I did it anyway, eyeballs and all. After it cooked for a little while, none of that stuff looked bad at all. It just sort of merged into the mush, and the fish head bones looked like all of the other bones. I'd suggest using the head, and just keeping the cover on the pot for an hour or so. At that point, there won't be anything creepy about it (anymore).

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I'd be uncomfortable with boiling chicken feet, too. We used to have chickens and I know those feet get covered with poop from walking around the hen house and chicken run all day. Bleh.
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Thanks for all of the replies. The feet never bother me but I guess it is what is inside the head that bothers me. I don't want the eyeballs floating around or seeing it all falling apart.

I'll give it a go though since I have it.
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Metasequoia -- Where do you get bags of chicken heads?
From one of our local farmers, we live in Amish country. Lucky us!

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I'd be uncomfortable with boiling chicken feet, too. We used to have chickens and I know those feet get covered with poop from walking around the hen house and chicken run all day. Bleh.
After the chickens are slaughtered, they're dunked in scalding water so that they can be easily plucked. I've never seen a spec of dirt on any of the feet I've gotten from my farmer. Besides, after 20+ hours of simmering, ain't much that's gonna survive.

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Thanks for all of the replies. The feet never bother me but I guess it is what is inside the head that bothers me. I don't want the eyeballs floating around or seeing it all falling apart.
The heads have never fallen apart on me, even after 24 hours of simmering away. I've never had a loose eyeball either, the heads stay pretty well intact. After a while, I do try to mash up the bones, including the skulls to release all of the good stuff, the heads just sort of crush, but never fall apart - it's really not as gory as you'd think.

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