Grocery Store Chicken: Are You Getting What You Pay For?

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Americans eat 85 pounds of chicken a year on average, according to the National Chicken Council. The poultry can end up being a significant part of a family's grocery bill.

We went to three local grocery stores and bought different brands of chicken, spending about thirty dollars. We took our purchases to Bonham Meats, a Greenville butcher shop. General Manager Paul Bonham helped us find out what the chicken really weighed.

The packaging did add weight, but the percentage of juice made the biggest difference.

In one example, a package with 15% broth really impacted the price. The package said the weight was 3.13 pounds, and with a price of $2.98 per pound, the total cost was $9.33. The weight of the tray and the broth cost you $2.32. If you eliminated those factors, the chicken would have just cost you $7.01.

Another package said it only contained 1% juice. At nearly .9 of a pound, a cost of $5.09 a pound, we paid $4.53. In this case, the weight of the broth and the tray only costs the consumer about 33 cents.

Bonham says, "You're really not getting any sort of nutritional value from this juice at all. When you're cooking with it, it's the thing that cooks out. So by paying for this extra weight, you're actually paying for stuff that you're not going to ever consume."