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If you just started following me during this pregnancy you probably think I eat very unhealthy. I only have a sweet tooth when pregnant and I like to take full advantage of it while I can. The other bad thing is that I crave fried food, all the time. Even though I’m all about fried food and sweets I do watch the type of food that comes into our house (with the exception of doughnuts and cupcakes, any type is welcome). I work hard to find food that is minimally processed and I try to only buy meat that is hormone free. While I’d love to buy all organic, I can’t always afford it so I’ve switched my efforts to buy hormone free milk, meat, and eggs. Even though hormone free meat is a little less expensive than all out organic food, it is still on the pricy side. It’s usually pretty hard for me to find good prices on quality meat, which is why I was really excited when Mom’s Meet selected me to review Harvestland products that include all-natural chicken, turkey and pork.
Here is a little bit of info about Harvestland:
- All chickens are raised on family farms with very strict USDA Process Verified programs, which ensures that the chickens are fed all-vegetarian diets with no animal by-products, raised cage free, and are never given any antibiotics, ever.
- Raised to the same standards as their chicken, HARVESTLAND® turkeys are fed an all vegetarian diet with no antibiotics, steroids or hormones.
- Pork is the latest addition to the HARVESTLAND® brand. Their hogs are raised on family farms in the Midwest and are also fed an all-vegetarian diet with no antibiotics, hormones or steroids.
- Harvestland also offers USDA-certified organic chicken. These chickens are raised without antibiotics on free-range, organic farms and are fed an all vegetarian diet of certified organic ingredients.
- The HARVESTLAND® product line includes fresh chicken, turkey, and pork products, as well as a variety of fully-cooked refrigerated, frozen, and deli meats. Prices vary based on the retailer.
According to the website, Harvestland products are available in a bunch of stores. The two near me are Publix and Wal-Mart. I searched high and low for Harvestland at several of my Publix and couldn’t find it. I ended up having to go to Wal-Mart to buy everything. Check out this price, not bad for hormone and antibiotic free! It was only $3.43 for the six pack of drumsticks.
I was hoping to buy some pork and turkey with my free product coupons, but my Wal-Mart only had chicken products. I am not a huge fan of chicken unless it is fried, which meant I had to fry up some drumsticks in order to test out the product! In my mind fried chicken is healthy when it is made with hormone and antibiotic free chickens. This is true, right?
You all know how I am with recipes. Sometimes I am exact and can tell you precisely what I did, other times I like to share a method. My fried chicken always follows a method, not a recipe. This is how I start:
I get three bowls and put flour in each one, I put enough to cover all my chicken, but don’t put too much that I’ll have to waste flour. I always put a little less than I need and ask someone with clean hands to put more in the bowl for me if I need it.
In the first and last bowls, add your seasoning. Go wild! I put about 2 tablespoons each of Tony’s and garlic powder in mine. It could have use more as my chicken was lacking in flavor. In the middle bowl add enough water or milk to make a thick paste. Once again, add some seasoning. I like to add hot sauce to ours.
Dredge your chicken in the bowls in order, it should go dry, wet, dry. Sometimes I get smart and do multiple pieces of chicken at a time instead of using my little bowl. Do whatever works.
Next you need to fry them in vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Make sure your oil is hot enough before frying. Nothing is worse than soggy chicken. Fry them about 8 minutes and then move to a cooling rack. Don’t overcrowd your Dutch oven or you will bring down the oil temp making your chicken soggy.
Repeat! Put your chicken back in the oil for another 1-3 minutes. This is the key step in making crispy fried chicken. Don’t ever skip this step! I promise it makes all the difference.
If this method isn’t exact enough for you, check out this post on frying chicken. I go into a little more detail. I can’t ever follow a real recipe for frying food because I never have the same amount as a recipe calls for. It’s much easier for me to wing it.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Harvestland products. It makes me feel good to know that even though I’m serving something fried, I made a good decision to get quality ingredients. My husband, on the other hand, wasn’t sold on all the chicken. You have to remember when buying hormone free meat that you won’t get the scary oversized chicken breasts like you would with the hormone filled ones. Tom was shocked by how small the breasts were when I cooked them for another dinner. It was fine for me because I’m used to the normal sized portions, but it might be a shock for people who don’t usually buy hormone free meat.
I still have a few coupons left and I’m hoping I can use them to try out their pork and turkey products. I’m crossing my fingers that we get more selection soon.
Do you care about hormone and antibiotic free meat or not? What about organic? Do you think it is worth the extra money?
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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.