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Chicken wings Thu, 11/21/13 5:44 PM (permalink)
Is it just me, or are chicken wings getting very expensive? 

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    Re:Chicken wings Thu, 11/21/13 5:50 PM (permalink)
    In a restaurant? Absolutely. Used to be a quarter each, now they're almost a dollar unless you catch them on special. I can still find them pretty cheap frozen in giant bags at the grocery store, though. 

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      Re:Chicken wings Thu, 11/21/13 6:12 PM (permalink)

      Is it just me, or are chicken wings getting very expensive? 

      Offensively so at Buffalo Wild Wings!

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        • Location: Gahanna, OH
        Re:Chicken wings Thu, 11/21/13 6:44 PM (permalink)
        I guess it depends on where you are.  There's a place in New Brighton, PA has the best wings I ever get 6 whole gigantic wings for $4.99.  I have never eaten all 6, I quit after 4.
          Michael Hoffman

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          Re:Chicken wings Thu, 11/21/13 6:50 PM (permalink)
          I don't eat wings. But I have seen those wings. They are not chicken wings. They can't be. They have to be pterodactyl wings. I've seen smaller wings on 747s.

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            Re:Chicken wings Tue, 11/26/13 6:10 AM (permalink)
            Yes, chicken wings are in great demand and the price reflects it.  Watch what happens to the price and supply just before the Super Bowl.   I remember when nobody wanted wings and the butcher would sell them for pennies a pound.
            I hate to admit it, but curiosity drove me to McDonald's to try their Mighty Wings and they were the best breaded hot wings I've ever eaten.  Next time they have them, I'll haul away a barrel full.  Go figure.

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              Re:Chicken wings Tue, 11/26/13 7:19 AM (permalink)
              Funny how once unwanted cuts become popular and the price explodes.  Maybe just 8-10 years ago I could buy oxtail for $2.99 lbs or less.  It's now in the $8 zone.  Same for beef short ribs, they were a cheap stew/braise cut.  Now also in the $8+ zone.  3 years ago frozen whole ducks after the holidays were marked down to $1.99/lbs to reduce inventory.  Now they stay at $3.49 lbs.
              O, good deals, where art thou?

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                Re:Chicken wings Tue, 11/26/13 10:32 AM (permalink)
                I am sort of sorry that wings have become fashionable, because they have not only become more expensive, but often harder to find.
                 As a child, the wings were "my" piece whenever my mom fixed pan fried chicken (usually a couple of times a month on Saturday night).  Sometimes she would even get four to six "extra" wings from the butcher when she bought the whole chicken, to fry up as a treat for me.  I recall the butcher practically gave them away.
                When Laughner's cafeteria still existed in Indiana, I would always get three wings for my dinner (along with servings of three cup salad, green beans, carrots, biscuits and sugar cream pie!). I consider chicken fried in quarters (rather than cut up into individual pieces) an abomination because it is so hard to eat the wings.  Plus, they don't get crispy all the way around.
                But now I've noticed that increasingly, when you eat at a Roadfood-type place and order all-white fried chicken, it doesn't include the wing.  Some of those places offer "all wing" options, but at others, wings simply have flown away  (as it were).
                I never had Buffalo wings until the night before I took the New York bar exam in 1979.  I was taking the exam at SUNY Buffalo law school, and staying at a nearby Holiday Inn.  I was still cramming for the exam, so I ordered room service and had Buffalo wings for the first time. They weren't bad,  but I've had (and made -- using a recipe from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that I cut out years ago) much better.
                I do like the fact that the popularity of wings means that is now pretty easy to find them already disjointed for you, so you don't have to cut them up.   

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                  Re:Chicken wings Tue, 11/26/13 3:02 PM (permalink)
                  All meat prices are going up. However, there are a few pieces of meat that were formerly low-priced, which, in my memory, became "fashionable" and skyrocketed compared to similar cuts.
                  1) Flank steak: "London Broil" was the doom of that one.
                  2) Baby Back Ribs. Once the same price as spare ribs, now 3-4 times as much.
                  3) Skirt Steak: Once the cheapest steak at a diner. Not since "fajitas"
                  4) Brisket: Not sure what made that one go up; apparently, in Texas, it stayed in the 69 cents a pound level for a couple of years after it hit the $4-5 a pound level in the United States.
                  5) Chicken wings, of course.
                  And here are a couple of things that marketers are trying to create a craze for, but have not yet succeeded in inflating the price, yet:
                  1) Flatiron Steak
                  2) Hanger Steak (although they may succeed in that one).

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                    Re:Chicken wings Tue, 11/26/13 3:26 PM (permalink)
                    All pretty much true, although I can buy skirt steak at the Mexican grocery here for $2.99 a pound. It's called "arrachera" which basically means the grilling preparation. They trim it and cut in thin for me and is perfect for a marinade. Usually just a citrus, garlic, onion, cilantro, etc. Cooks in no time and I'd rather have this than a high end rib-eye any day.

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                      Re:Chicken wings Tue, 11/26/13 6:27 PM (permalink)
                      Add ox tails and veal shanks to your list.  Butchers used to give ox tails away, now they're about $5/lb.  Same with veal shanks for osso buco.  They used to be really inexpensive but now are $7-8/lb.

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                        Re:Chicken wings Tue, 11/26/13 6:42 PM (permalink)
                        My addition would be beef short ribs...they have become very trendy. I even had some supposedly ground up in a gourmet burger the other day, and of course the ubiquitous braised variety. I scored some boneless chuck short ribs at Costco the other day. Half the money of the bone in variety and they held together better.

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                          • Location: Warren, NJ
                          Re:Chicken wings Thu, 11/28/13 12:45 AM (permalink)
                          Chicken wings have doubled in price in the last 2 years. They are getting harder to find in the grocery stores and the larger ones are used by the restaurants. hard to find fresh (not frozen )large ones in stores or butcher shops. must be supply and demand.

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                            Re:Chicken wings Thu, 11/28/13 2:31 AM (permalink)
                            Sounds like a good time to become a Chicken Rustler!!

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                              Re:Chicken wings Thu, 11/28/13 3:03 PM (permalink)
                              i got lucky last week . i split a 40 lb box with my friend and got the case for$ 1.29lb.great deal also buy 40lb box of boneless breasts and split it with him for $ fresh and not frozen and no solution added.
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