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Included in Bloomberg’s recent report on McDonald’s drive to attract more budget-minded consumers is an interesting prediction for 2013: The rise of the chicken.As beef production continues to lag and drive prices up, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts Americans will consume 1.7 per cent more poultry next year (82 pounds per person) and decrease red meat consumption by 2.2 per cent (54.5 pounds per person).
Not only is it easier on waistlines, but switching out chicken for beef in most dishes is one of the simplest ways to save on groceries.
That’s not to say all cuts are created equal. You’ll likely shell out more for coveted white meat cuts like breasts, which means the real savings are for those brave enough to give the back of the chicken a chance.
“Thighs and drumsticks are climbing the pecking order as Americans join consumers abroad in seeking flavour that isn’t found in ubiquitous, boneless, skinless chicken breasts,” the AP reports. “The poultry industry used to have trouble finding a market for dark meat, but changing domestic tastes and growing exports to countries that prefer leg quarters are pushing up prices and helping pull the poultry industry out of a deep slump.”
You’ll also find chicken sausages are a great way to save. They typically are made with darker meats, which tend to pack more flavour than white meat.
Timing matters, too, says the Daily Finance’s Nadine Cheung:
“Supermarkets generally mark down prices in the mornings, so try shopping in the middle of the day to score the best deals and selection,” she says. And it never hurts to ask. “If you see that a package of meat or poultry is approaching its sell-by date, find a manager and ask him or her if the price can be lowered.”
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