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Buying Wings

BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
edited 10:09PM in EggHead Forum
I buy my wings at Costco, 10 lb. bag I think, already cut. I have never bought whole wngs and cut them myself. How many of you prefer to cut your own/ how many buy em like I do???




  • when Im feeling cheap I'll buy whole wings and cut my own, but its alot easier to get wingettes and drumettes . precut wings seems to be more consistent then when I do it myself
  • BobinFlaBobinFla Posts: 363
    It depends. For volume cooking, I buy the bags, but when it's just for a few important people (just me!? or 1 or 2 others), or a Wing Competition, I get the best looking, never frozen wings and trim them myself.

    Who thinks Your Ladies are probably worth the extra effort!
  • rsmdalersmdale Posts: 2,472
    I like to work with fresh chicken,if I have to I will buy the bulk at costco or Smart n Final,The fresh seem to have better texture though the cook.


  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Way too into my wings to get frozen ones. I'm 50/50 on cutting them up. Wing rack for the large means whole and jamming them on the small means whole. I do like them cut up most of the time though.
  • rosrosrosros Posts: 408
    I cut my own, Easy enough to do with a Chinese chef knife; the weight of the blade easily slices through the joints.
  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926

    My Ladies are like gold to me. :woohoo:
    I did more deviled eggs for em but this time I added a touch of Carnivore Chipolte sauce. ;)

    They loved em,

  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    That's interesting, I have never tried fresh so will have to do so.

    Do they sell fresh wings???

  • BuxwheatBuxwheat Posts: 727
    Good to know. I did wings yesterday (see my post above) and cutting them up w/ kitchen scissors was a pain. Thought about getting a cleaver for future prep. Snipping the tips off wasn't hard, but cutting the drum section from the lower part was tough.
  • Bux,

    You don't actually need a cleaver to get through that joint... any good chef's knife will slice right through it if you're in the right spot. You can cut from either side of the joint, and just get between the bones. A bit of experimentation and you should be good to go.

    In response to the original question, they sometimes have fresh at our local Whole Foods, and I'll get those if they aren't too expensive. Otherwise, I prefer the Costco packs that have 6 whole wings in each. I freeze what I'm not going to use that day, and then it's easy to take out as many as I need when I need them.

  • EGGARYEGGARY Posts: 1,222
    Were the Wings in the frozen section ? I picked up some Wings as Costco the past Sunday in the Meat Dept. The wings came in already packed, 6 individual packs of 5 wings. The ones I didn't use I just put in the freezer.

  • BahmaniciousBahmanicious Posts: 105
    The best way to cut down whole wings is to start at the tip. Hold the wing in the hand opposite your knife hand. Squeeze the tip until it is against the wingette. That exposes the joint so that when you cut down into it it comes apart cleanly where it is supposed to. Repeat by squeezing the wingette and drumette until they touch. Start the cut downward through the joint to expose it, finish by turning the knife blade over and making a cut upward to finish. Those with smaller hands may need to put the wing on a cutting board after the inital cut that exposes the joint.

    This method yields clean cuts that are right at the joints everytime.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Those are the packs I buy, but i think there are 6 in each pack.

    I prefer to cut my own also. I cut them before cooking.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,008
    I get the whole wing, cut the tip off, save for stock. Cut skin between joint and hang on rack by the drummer bone.

  • BobinFlaBobinFla Posts: 363
    Real easy on these old, tired eyes, too!
    :P ;)

  • FSUScotsmanFSUScotsman Posts: 754
    I buy the frozen ones at Sam's or Costco. I can get them that way for $1 a pound. If I buy them fresh the very best I've seen lately is $1.79 a pound. I'm just not willing to pay the difference for fresh. Especially when I can't tell the difference.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 18,446
    buffalo style i would cut them, but most of the time i just add a cajun or similar rub and leave them whole, i like the crunchy wing tips. ;)
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