It's been said for a long time that if you want to save money in the kitchen, you should avoid convenience foods and cook from scratch.
That's right: In most grocery stores, a whole raw chicken costs more than a spit-roasted chicken of the same size.
Even without the savings, it seems like a much better deal for a busy shopper to buy a finished dinner that doesn't need to be cleaned, stuffed, seasoned, and cooked at home.
Well, it turns out that your pre-cooked chicken has a secret.
In grocery stores, it's pretty common for unsold items to be used for something else.
Consultants for grocery stores have said that vegetables and meat are often added to pre-made salads and deli foods to cut down on waste.
Even rotisserie chickens that don't sell get chopped up and put into creamy chicken salad.
So, that's what it is. Does this low-cost move make you happy or make you feel uneasy?