How To Cook Chicken Sopas

Sorry for writing this article late. This was the second menu during our son first birthday. The first was pancit bihon.

My auntie arrived after my sister-in-law finished cooking the pansit bihon. My sister was tired already so auntie got in-charged for the next menu, the macaroni chicken soup.

chicken macaroni sopas

Here are the ingredients:

hotdogs = 1/4 kg, cut thin about two millimeters thick
chicken = 1/2 kg, cooked and shredded, set aside the soup, bones will also be included as flavor enhancer.
cabbage = 1 kg, chopped
carrots = 1/2 kg, sliced to small pieces like a stick
baguio/snap beans = 1/4 kg, cut diagonally about 2 cm long
bell pepper = 3 pieces, sliced thinly
sitsaru = 1/4 kg, removed both tips
macaroni = 2 kg
onions = ten, chopped
garlic = half head, minced
fish sauce and black pepper
margarine as cooking oil replacement
evaporated milk = large can

Follow the simple procedures:

1) Bring to boil half pail of water in a large kettle. Set aside.

2) Saute garlic and hotdogs for 30 seconds in a large tulyasi. Add onions and continue for another 30 seconds. Add shredded chickens and continue for one minute.

3) Add carrots, snap beans, bell pepper and macaroni. Continue saute for 30 seconds. Put the chicken stock to cooking vessel add hot water to fill the 3/4 part of large tulyasi.

4) Add sitsaru and cabbage. Mix bell pepper and fish sauce to taste. Bring to boil immediately – can be achieved by high flame and addition of hot water. This is needed to prevent oversoaked macaroni.

5) Continue boiling until the macaroni are plumbed but never reaches its full size. Add evaporated milk to taste and immediately removed from fire.

What is Fresh / Shelf Life of Poultry ?

How do you understand the word fresh? Fresh means (1)new or recently made, produced or harvested. It can also mean =  (2) not canned or preserved.

The word fresh is used as marketing tool by some entrepreneur. Especially for poultry, fruits, vegetables and meat. We always want fresh picks because their are new, clean, no sign of spoilage & off-odors and we think that they are newly harvested or slaughtered.

Does the word fresh really mean new or recent?

In poultry, fresh are those that are not held at temperature below 26 °Fahrenheit (-3.33 °C). The meat is still soft to touch, not frozen. If the bird meat is stored below the indicated temperature, most of the free water will change to ice. Frozen commodities  are not considered fresh because it undergoes the process of preservation.

According  to National Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Criteria for Foods and other scientific organizations, storage up to  40 °Fahrenheit (-3.33 °C) have no increased microbiological risk.

Fresh poultry can be stored at 40°F (4.44 °C) for 1 to 2 days only. Frozen poultry are safe indefinitely but must be used within 1 year for best quality, poultry parts within 9 months, and giblets within 4 months. Frozen poultry are stored at 0°F (-17.78°C).

At temperature of 26 °Fahrenheit (-3.33 °C), the data on how long it should be stored is not available. So fresh poultry means  (2) not canned or preserved. Other quality features should be inspected carefully by consumers before buying.