Okay, where do you buy this 10 lb. chicken? I just called the meat department at the grocery and they laughed when I asked if I could buy a 10 pounder. They said 5 or 6 is very large. You would have to buy a turkey if you wanted 10 lbs. Do you buy them at a special place? I was raised on a farm and we sold chickens and eggs and never dressed out a 10 lb. chicken.
I buy them at Walmart, Perdue Oven Stuffer. Before Walmart came to town, I bought them at Farm Fresh. Sometimes at Farm Fresh it was the ‘store brand’ of whole chicken. They don’t always come that big but I’ll buy the biggest one they have. I can still do all the stuff I mentioned with an 8lb bird and sometimes that’s all I have to work with. Capons usually are about 8-10lbs. Large, whole chickens are getting harder to find because most people want skinless breasts or ready to reheat chicken pieces.
My 21 year old son laughed when I told him about this thread and he said “You do amazing things with one chicken. I’ve seen you do it all my life.” I even buy a whole chicken cut up if that’s all I can get (and that’s usually only about $3 or $4) and stew that. Then I’ll get a couple meals out of just that. It’s that Yankee ingenuity and thriftiness I suppose.