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Bone or Debone?

on August 31, 2015

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Shrimp are shelled, but deveined. You peel a banana, pit an olive, fillet a fish, yet deseed a tomato. BUT, what do you do when you want to remove the bones from a chicken?

Let’s Talk Chicken! We are now in a world where the chicken, domestic chicken that is, rules the roost. There are more chickens than any other domesticated bird on Earth, which makes it so far down the list of endangered species there is no need to worry. There are a plethora of chicken recipes some of which call for boneless pieces unlike Southern Fried Chicken whose lovers would never throw away the bone without gnawing it first!! Oddly enough chicken ‘fingers’ do not have bones.

Let’s get back to the question at hand: bone or debone? Other than by vegetarians, a LOT of chicken is devoured on a daily basis. That leads us to believe a goodly amount of those chickens are boned…or deboned!

Quick Stats:

As of 2014, in the United States, 8 billion chickens are consumed per year, which translates to 21,917,808 chickens per day. Americans eat 25 billion chicken wings per year, with 1.25 billion, or 100 million pounds, eaten during the Super Bowl weekend alone. (Source: Ask.com)

For some, the ‘feel’ of raw chicken does not set too well so it is left to the butcher for the boning…or deboning. All I know is when I make a purchase, the raw chicken is either whole, halved, packaged as breasts, wings, legs & thighs or boneless! No way of knowing whether the little clucker was boned or deboned. Um-m-m-m? Wonder what the butcher will say if I ask him if he bones or debones?

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Simply put if the bones are removed, the chicken is boneless. What difference does it make whether it is a boning or deboning process?

What are your thoughts on the matter…do you bone or debone a chicken?

BTW Some of you may think there’s no such word as ‘debone.’ Sorry. It exists with a definitive meaning reflective of removing the bones from (meat, poultry, or fish), especially before cooking.

Bone-BrothWhether you bone or debone, a question remains…

What do you DO with the bones?

Can’t close without a touch of catnip…

Of course, some owners declaw their cat(s) but not normally as part of a recipe!

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Click the link for a short article on Boning up on deBoning! Quite humorously written!

“Boning is a pain, but it makes such a majestic chicken.” — Daniel Boulud


4 responses to “Bone or Debone?

  1. Well, Julia child boned the duck. I remove the bones, thus dodging the linguistic bullet and mostly, I just buy it boneless even further ducking (heh heh) the issue. Chickening out of the entire discussion.

  2. My brain would say “debone”… but what do I know? I’m a blonde after all. LOL
    I love this post. Nicely and humorously written.🙂

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