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What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of this out here. I printed it out and went to the grocery store. I wasn't able to find any of the ones on this list but I'm going to try a much larger Publix store next.

They did have Murray's boneless skinless chicken breasts for $6.79 a pound. I'm keeping it mind for future reference.

I tried Publix chicken thighs cooked to 170 degrees and was not impressed. I finally cooked the rest of them to 190 degrees with a lot of spice and then they tasted fairly good. Maybe I had to kill 'em twice to remove all the impurities???

I've preferred chicken thighs in the past. I used to marinate them in a decent quality balsamic vinegar, probably costs about $12.00 a bottle now, and I felt comfortable serving them as a nice appetizer for guests. I really miss *that* chicken!

I'm almost ashamed to say I also bought Tyson boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, the flash frozen kind that comes in a bag. I cooked them on 2 occasions using an easy recipe that doesn't cover up the taste of the chicken and I enjoyed the flavor and texture.

I wish I could come to a conclusion from reading all the various opinions. Maybe the new comment that I haven't read yet will shed some light on it. I'm wondering if perhaps it's anyone's guess what we're really purchasing when we buy the so called store brand name.

Jan 27, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

Wow! That was a very thorough test. So much for Publix Greenwise chicken. :-/

Perhaps it comes down to the company's reputation that sells it and our personal taste preferences that we are accustomed to.

Jan 22, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

Editing reason: This reply was for ElGimpo.

My America's Test Kitchen Cookbooks must already be dated. :-/

Could you please say which first 3 brands of chicken ATK did think tasted the best? I trust ATK for anything from their recommendations from the best tasting inexpensive olive oil to the best inexpensive cookware.

But what about chicken? The suspense is killing me!

Thank you

Jan 22, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

I'd probably be afraid to eat anything after watching Food Inc. (which is why I haven't seen it yet) I once read a book that made me swear off too many foods.
Does the movie, Food Inc., give viewers ways in which to make better food choices if we don't live in a city and have to depend on the stores that I mentioned?

I did see on the news how chickens are kept in cages so small that they can never stand up. The conditions the chickens "lived" in and the farmers worked in were shocking and disgusting.

Re; Costco, I only have a refrigerator freezer. There's simply no room in my 600SF apartment to buy large quantities of anything. Do they sell small portions of Murry's? If not, I'm sure your recommendations will be helpful for others and Murray's does sound delicious.

This is my forth attempt to post a reply to different people, If this doesn't work I quit.

Jan 22, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

Do all farmers markets in Florida stink?

I have tried to find a local co-op buying group (I would love to be part of one) but so far there aren't any that cover my zip code. (I don't live in St. Pete, it's the closest city to me that most people know.) And the closest drive to co-op I've found is a two hour drive round trip. I just can't swing that due to health conditions. Kind of ironic when I think about it.

I haven't tried asking our local health food store, that's a good idea that I hadn't thought of.

If that doesn't work I may decide to move in part to have access to better quality food. I've scoured the Net but so far no luck. I will look at the links you provided, thank you, Sunshine.

Jan 19, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

Steroids are what cause chicken to be so immense in size. According to one news source the size of a chicken has increased over 100% since our grandparents bought chicken.

Jan 19, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

I wasn't sure how to reply to everyone so I hope I'm doing this right.

So far the vote is,
Publix: 1Yes, 3 No.
Publix Greenwise: (natural) 2 yes. (I think)
Purdue: 1 Yes, 1 No.
Fresh Market: 1 yes, and 1 who's been told it's the same as Publix.
Tyson: 2 No
Win-Dixie- Never
Walmart- Neither way

So there's really no preferred brand.

I am a fan of America's Test Kitchen. When they taste tested all name brand chickens, Tyson came in first and Purdue came in last. I've been happy with Tyson for over 20 years but I don't remember if I ever tried Purdue.

I remember watching a cooking show that took place in Europe and the narrator/chef said to look for pink chicken because yellow chicken was old. I've never even seen a pink chicken.

Reading that others like Publix and Purdue helps me to feel a littler more comfortable in giving it another chance.

Thank you

Jan 19, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

I had forgotten about Murray's chicken. If I remember correctly, (always a dicey proposition) they are Kosher chickens and on par in taste with true organic chickens.

They cost a lot but are well worth it for special occasions. I think I saw Murray's at one of the larger Publix not too far from here.

Thank you

Jan 19, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

Because I'm fairly new to the area I'm not familiar with the brands of poultry sold here. Could someone please tell me which brands you feel taste reasonably good? I'm not expecting miracles here. I just want something that won't make me not want to ever eat chicken again. I've already been through that once since I moved here and I don't want to go through it again! (it's probably a boring story so I'll spare you.)

For what it's worth, I used to buy Tyson chicken, I thought it was fine, especially their flash frozen parts, but I can rarely find even their chicken wings or tenders here. It's always hit and miss, more miss than hit really. I'd just like some fairly good chicken breasts and thighs preferably with the skin and bone.

Any suggestions and or opinions are very much appreciated. Thank you!

Jan 15, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida

Do all farmers markets in Florida stink?

Forget about St. Pete. There's nothing around here from the gulf to the bay side of St. Petersburg. The so called "farmer markets" are exactly what people here written about here. Sunglasses, broccoli and bananas from Chili (the stickers are still on them) so old you can tie them in knots, and a few odd crafts, and... that's it! Oh, there was one seafood vendor but it was at least 90 degrees and the fish was sitting on top of melting ice under the sun. It's pitiful.

There was supposed to be a good one on the bay side of St. Petersburg but my friend went there and the only thing she was able to find that looked any good were lemons. ::sigh:: This was a market that I'd heard amazing things about. Maybe it was off season?

Most people here go to a flea market to buy 10 pound bags of grapefruit, oranges, or Asian produce.

What makes it even worse is that I moved here from Asheville, NC where they had organic local produce markets 2 days a week. Wonderful lettuces from at least 4 different venders, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, zucchini, onions, basically any type of vegetable or fruit you could think of in season, plus home baked goods, seafood, (that came out of cooler chests filled with ice), fresh squeezed juices, homemade jams, & honey and brick fire oven toasted granola.

I'm wasting away ever since I moved to Florida.

Jan 15, 2013
imsiegfried in Florida