of Chicken Products
Product dating is not required
by Federal regulations, but many stores and processors voluntarily date packages
of chicken or chicken products. If a calendar date is shown, immediately
adjacent to the date there must be a phrase explaining the meaning of that date
such as sell by or use before.
The use-by date is for quality assurance; after the date, peak quality begins to
lessen but the product may still be used. It's always best to buy a product
before the date expires. If a use-by date expires while the chicken is frozen,
the food can still be used.
Thomas Café Chicken & Sausage Pilau
1 lb. smoked sausage
1/2 C. diced onion
1/2 C. diced celery
1/2 C. diced green pepper
2 C. raw rice
1 t. thyme
1 t. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Cut up one whole chicken and parboil until the meat pulls away from the bones.
Discard bones, strain broth and set aside to cool.
In a large pot, saute the sausage, onion, celery, and green pepper in a small
amount of oil. Add the rice, thyme, red pepper, salt and pepper and saute 10
minutes or until rice is brown. Add pulled chicken meat and two cups of broth.
Let simmer on low for 45 minutes.