What is this giant paperclip thing in my stewing chicken & what do I do with it?
Yikes! I have been buying stewers from this place in the farmers market for years and I've never seen this before. It's kinda like a thing metal version of what/where you'd tie the legs together to roast a bird... I yanked and yanked and couldn't get it out, so I just threw the whole thing in to simmer. I guess I can get it apart when I strip the meat off the carcass. But now I am obsessing that this whatever-it-is is leaching nastiness into the broth. Is it aluminum? I'm sure it's not going to kill us, but I'd rather it wasn't there. I guess next time the butcher says "Would you like me to cut it up for you?" I will say *yes* even if I'm in a hurry!
Does anyone know what this thing is, what it's for and what you do with it?
By all means cut it off and remove it (next time). A hefty pair of diagonal or electricians pliers will do. I've only seen these clips on turkeys.
I'm not sure why they have to use a metal clip rather than butchers twine to hold the legs together, possibly a food 'safety' regulation.