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Oct 25, 2009 07:13 AM

Chicken feet

I noticed the other day that my local supermarket has packages of chicken feet right there with the drumsticks and wings. I am considering buying some to make stock. I see from Chow and other sites that chicken feet are prized for stock. But I'll have to sneak them into the house! I want to make chicken soup for my daughter to take to school in a thermos but I bet she wouldn't eat it if she knew it was made from feet. Can I keep it a secret?

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  1. Claim they are Halloween decorations?

    1. "how'd you make the soup, mom?"
      "parts is parts"

      the feet are good for texture as they contain lost of gelatin, but add in some other bits, like backs, for more chickeny flavor.

      i used to bake chix feet for my dog and he LOVED them, lol.

      1. I've heard that the prized properties of chicken soup for fighting flu are especially abundent in the feet..... some very long scientific-sounding name, but the gelatin aspect is probably the same thing. Other cultures prize chicken feet to eat at the table and I've seen this though not partaken myself.... I've seen them in Korean and Central American markets for years. Next to the duck tongues which are also very special. We're just mostl all very whitebread here in the US!

        Can you tie them up in a bit of cheesecloth to disguise them a bit? Use a back burner? Let her play video games to keep her attention focused elsewhere? Play some old Little Feet???? Tell her mommy's drinking the rest of the cooking sherry right now, honey, so the kitchen isn't safe for a little girl til I'm passed out for an afternoon nap?

        You are going to remove them, aren't you? If you can't get her to eat it, promise her some turtle soup tomorrow! Made with a whole new bottle of sherry.....

        1. I did think of the Halloween connection, paulj.
          I think I will make stock in the Crock-Pot overnight with the feet, some other chicken parts and some onions, carrots, celery etc. I will strain it and throw the feet away, and no one will be the wiser.
          Hotoynoodle, your dog ate the feet _ bones and all? Would that be safe? Because if so, I could give my dog a treat instead of throwing the feet away once they've been used for stock. Or if the foot meat comes off the bones easily, I'll feed him the meat and throw the bones out. Early in the morning before my daughter wakes up.

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          1. re: NYCkaren

            Chicken feet are safe for dogs, just as pig's or calve's feet are safe. They are mostly skin, fat, cartilege, and some knobby bones that the pooch will crush easily.
            The dangerous bones are long and thin, especially chicken, turkey, or lamb legs, which will form shards when the dog tries to break them down.

            1. re: NYCkaren

              yes, he loved them. i cooked them off til they were brown and crispy. i'd seen them for sale in a pet store and an entire package of feet in chinatown cost less than the two feet at petco. and mine had no preservatives or junk on them. don't worry about picking the meat, just give your guy the whole thing.

              lm, i have eaten, well tasted, duck feet and do not need to try them again, lol. very gelatinous and not my thing. i liked the duck tongues though.

            2. I can empathize with your daughter on the matter of "chicken feet". When I was a child, (a long, long time ago) and saw that my mother had put the chicken feet into the pot to make soup, I wouldn't have any of just went "against the grain"! However, if I didn't know or see, I was fine.

              Now I am an adult......I still won't use chicken feet to make soup or broth ! I know I am being foolish, but it still makes me shudder to think about doing so !

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              1. re: Lisbet

                I can handle feet no problem - but dipping into the bowl of soup and coming up with the head still gives me a start.