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Chicken and Poultry

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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. What is more popular, chicken or beef?
  2. How long can you freeze raw chicken?
  3. Should you rinse raw chicken?
  4. What are common types of poultry?

Americans eat more chicken than beef and chicken breasts are certainly one of the most popular pieces. While there is certainly nothing wrong with eating chicken breasts, you could save money and expand your repertoire of chicken dishes if you instead bought a whole chicken and used all the parts for meals throughout the week.

We also recommend buying organic and/or free range/pasture raised chicken, even if it means cutting back on meat consumption and eating a few vegetarian meals each week to balance out the extra cost.

If you find a good deal on chicken, buy a bunch—you can freeze raw chicken parts for 9 months and a whole chicken for up to 1 year.1

Note: you do not need to rinse your raw chicken!2 In fact, doing so can spread bacteria around your kitchen, and it isn't really necessary.

Turkey, duck, and goose are also commonly consumed poultry.

Nutrition DNA

The nutrition DNA of chicken and poultry. For example, you can see that 100g chicken covers 970% of your daily need of Trans Fat and 38% of the recommended Protein intake. Hover over the bars to see which nutrient is covered.


  1. Real Simple - How long can you freeze foods
  2. NPR - Don't panic: Your questions on not washing raw chickens


  1. Americans eat more chicken than beef.
  2. Raw chicken can be frozen for 9 months (parts) to 1 year (whole chicken)
  3. You should not rinse raw chicken.
  4. Common types of poultry: chicken, turkey, duck, goose
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