Someone on tv claimed, in the course of an segment about some recipe for
chicken and a restaurant that sells it, that people (not restaurants)
used to throw chicken wings away.
Did you, or your mother, or grandmother ever throw chicken wings away?
Versus cooking them and eating them.
What about chicken necks? Did you, or your mother, or grandmother ever
throw chicken necks away? Versus cooking them and eating them.
When my mother was cooking a lot, she'd save the necks and make chicken
soup with them (and maybe other parts) but when it was one lonely
chicken, she'd cook it and someone, often she, would eat the neck, as
best one can.
In my memory (from the early 40s on)...
We always ate the wings, they were - and are - my favorite; however; I
always discard the outside section of the three wing segments.
Nobody ate the necks, used in soup; ditto tail. Back was picked at.
Gizzards and livers were eaten but not by me. My tastes have changed, love
chopped liver with a bit of schmalz, onion and white pepper. Unfortunately,
nobody (restaurants) around here offer it. WTF are the Jews when you need
Lungs and other innards went to pets. Not sure about eggs that had not
formed a shell. Obviously, chickens with lungs, eggs and other innards
wern't from a supermarket. These chickens had FLAVOR!.
I loves me some Buffalo Wings!
This excerpt from Wikipedia on the origin of Buffalo Wings does indeed
state that the wings were "normally thrown away or reserved for stock",
even as late as the mid 1960's.
"There are several different claims about how Buffalo wings were created.
One of the more prevalent claims is that Buffalo wings were first prepared
at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, by Teressa Bellissimo. who
owned the bar along with her husband Frank. Several versions of the story
have been circulated by the Bellissimo family and others:
Upon the unannounced, late-night arrival of their son, Dominic, with
several of his friends from college, Teressa needed a fast and easy snack
to present to her hungry guests. It was then that she came up with the idea
of deep frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or reserved for stock)
and tossing them in cayenne hot sauce.
Dominic Bellissimo (Frank and Teressa's son) told The New Yorker reporter
Calvin Trillin in 1980: "It was Friday night in the bar and since people
were buying a lot of drinks he wanted to do something nice for them at
midnight when the mostly Catholic patrons would be able to eat meat again."
He stated that it was his mother, Teressa, who came up with the idea of
There was mis-delivery of wings instead of backs and necks for making the
bar's spaghetti sauce. Faced with this unexpected resource, Frank
Bellissimo says that he asked Teressa to do something with them."
My older siblings worked (in the 60s) for a local restaurant famous
for its fried chicken. They'd buy whole chickens and cut them up.
There was so little demand for the wings, they'd sell their excess
wings for ten cents a pound. Necks were free.
I never liked the wings as a kid, but I loved fried chicken necks.
We were in a restraunt is Thailand and eating soup.
When we got to the bottom of the dishes, there were the scaly legs of the
chicken complete with claws.
Never quite worked out what we were supposed to do with them.
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