Why You Should Stock Up on Chicken Wings This Week

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Does anyone else get excited about the Super Bowl strictly because several grocery store foods often get deeply discounted in the days following the big game? (Oh, just me, I guess.)

But here’s the thing: You probably haven’t considered that chicken wings are about to be at a deep discount this week. And there are so many uses for them, whether it’s freezing some for later, making ultra-rich (and cheap) stock or broth for the months ahead, or just stockpiling a few packs and working them into your lunch and dinner routines. (Find recipe inspiration at the bottom of this post.) Here’s what you need to know, so that you can take advantage of post-Super Bowl Sunday chicken wing sales at your local supermarket.

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Making the Most of Cheap Chicken Wings

Fresh poultry obviously doesn’t keep as well as some ingredients we might encourage you to stock up on — like canned pumpkin. But you can easily freeze your chicken wing hoard or turn it into stock for future use.

When freezing wings, I like to break larger party packs into one-pound increments. It’ll save you time later if you split the drum from the flat and tip before freezing. Freeze them on parchment-lined baking sheets before moving to freezer bags for long-term storage, where they’ll keep for about three months. These smaller packs are perfect for making just a quart of stock or wings for my family of four.

Your second storage option? Turn those wings into super-rich broth. You can use your favorite stock method — slow cooker, stovetop, or pressure cooker — and then freeze the resulting stock.

Other Favorite Wing Recipes