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May 16, 2013 10:15 PM

Mary's chicken at whole foods

Is this a good deal?

Do we have a thread somewhere for discounts like this?

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  1. Local fresh butchered Vikon runs for $2.50-$2.75/lb. Jidori cornish hen sized chickens run $3/lb. TJ's "free range" "organic" chicken runs ~$2.50/lb as well.

    You be the judge.

    1. Working in the restaurant industry the best I've managed is $2/lb for Mary's whole chickens so yes it's a great deal.

      Quality wise, I wouldn't say it's significantly better than average supermarket chicken but having butchered hundreds of chickens by now I do think it's worth the premium to know its been raised properly and handled cleanly.

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      1. re: Johnny L

        I find them much better than most supermarket chickens, though usually I buy the bronze ones. Where so you find the best chicken in LA's eastside? I would love to find more yummy chicken.

        1. re: MissBubbles

          Mary's whole chickens make amazing stock with the bones and innards.

      2. Thanks for the heads up I just picked up five chickens for under five dollars each.

        1. Thanks for the heads up. It's a great deal. The double packs are usually $1.99/lb which we buy by the 30-40# case and get and additional 10% off.

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          1. re: revets2

            Yes I also thank you Lulu. These chickens are fantastic. I got two because I can't freeze them. Wish I could have gotten more.

            1. re: chewbacca

              You are all welcome. You know what's funny? I forgot to go.

              Does a thread like this exist? Discounts or sales from all over la? Would be a good idea...

              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                I got two at the Arroyo Whole Foods in Pasadena.
                I was told they have this sale twice a year.
                America's Test Kitchen did a comparison some time back, and Mary's free range chIcken scored best because of cold air drying and the way the chickens are handled.
                It was a good deal!

                1. re: suvro

                  Yup. That air chilling certainly is better than that chemical bleach bath others use to chill chickens. I don't remember how many chickens they're allowed to dip before they have to change the solution, but it's a lot!

          2. Thanks for the tip....I bought three at Hastings Ranch. This was a great deal!