Smart Chicken is the first chicken available nationally (to my awareness, and please inform) that is Certified Humane®, and 100% of Niman Ranch’s meats – Pork, Beef, Lamb, and Processed Products like bacon – are Certified Humane®!
I’m sorry we need such a program, but we do.
Certified Humane® governs the way the meat is raised, and it is a great program which is all about making sure the animals are treated humanely.
Certified Humane® was born by people like myself who were disgusted by animal torture. We wrote and called and voting with our $$$ and also talked to the markets about what we wanted. Telling them when we didn’t buy their meat and
how disappointed we were in what was available has impact.
Yes, you can make a difference.
Smart Chicken also has amazing taste. It is coming in at New Seasons at
$2.79 to $3.99/pound, depending upon if it is Organic or not. (I buy organic when on
sale — freeze — or occasionally.) Because we eat so many beans, rice, and veggies the rest of the time, the cost of buying healthy meat in alignment with our values and health requirements has actually gone down. Smart Chicken also does not add water which all other companies do (unless you are buying a local chicken from the farm), which means you are not paying for added water, which also often has chemicals added to it. They don’t give you the wing tips, giblets, or necks — which MOST people don’t want — so you are not paying for that either. The birds don’t come stuffed with extra fat.
The point of this is that the chicken is actually well-priced!
The birds usually are a bit smaller, which we like, with less fattening up as
factory farms do, which is the way it ought to be, and that is healthier for you.
We use all the leftover drippings in our bean dishes because the birds are not so fatty!
The flesh is firmer, as if the bird has truly run around, but not tough at all.
They roast heavenly!
All the Smart Chicken is non-GMO, no hormones, and no fed antibiotics.
Organic is optional... and we feel okay about eating their non-organic chickens.
Smart Chickens are raised where they are killed, and are used to their handlers.
They are not placed in small cages and trucked many miles which scares the hell out of them. They are in a space just before they are killed whereby the oxygen
is slowly removed from the room, so they basically fall asleep without stress or fear.
Once asleep, they are slaughtered. No fear kills.
You can find out who carries Smart Chicken in your area here.
And we dropped buying any other meats
but Niman Ranch‘s sausages, ham, bacon, etc.
Their meats are non-GMO,
no hormones, and not fed antibiotics.
Organic is optional…
Their Apple Gouda Sausage is a
treat for us for breakfast!
You can find out who carries
Niman Ranch in your area here.
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Katie, I have a few local vendors who raise organic meats humanely. I almost exclusively buy from them, but I’ll keep an eye out if Niman Ranch meats come to Wisconsin. I like having options!
We do too, but we can’t get them year round. The thing is, I think they taste better too… more like when I was a kid!
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