When I spend Steve's hard earned dollar on pasture raised chickens (that actually get to see sunlight in their lifetime and eat grass and get to breathe fresh oxygen) you can bet your lunch money that I am not going to let half of it (the non-meat parts) go to waste! Thanks to the wonderful bottomless pit of information called "Google" I have learned how to use every last piece of chicken to my benefit. Here's how to be cheap...I mean...not be wasteful :)
Ok, so fast forward 8-10 hours...
Here is the chicken stock from above (after we strained out the veggies and bones)! It can be used in tons of recipes, it's also nice to drink a hot mug of it if you are feeling sick as it's chock full of nutrients and broth made from bones is good for your teeth! If you make your own chicken stock and find that it looks like jelly after it's been cooled...you should congratulate yourself because that means you did a good job (it gets jelly-like because of the gelatin that comes out of the bones and is really good for you, don't worry it will go back to liquid when it's warmed up!)
And that's how to get your money's worth out of whole chicken. Oh, and the chickens we buy don't come with the organs inside, BUT if they did you know I would find a way to use those as well :)