Nothing to do with diabetes!
Yes, I'm STILL pondering the "pink slime" issue that was in the news (and then out), a few months ago. And the thing I'm thinking is this: I think pink slime is a good thing. HEAR ME OUT! It's the extra bits and parts of beef that don't make for good steak, homogenized and mixed up so they can be consumed. It's not the pretty parts of the animal (ligaments, tendons, etc.), but is perfectly safe to eat. What's the alternative? Throw them away because we think it's gross, and because someone decided to dub it "pink slime" which sounds repulsive. What's the result of throwing those bits away instead of eating them? A HUGE increase in cattle slaughter in order to keep pace with the American demand for beef, and squeamishness about the PART of the cow consumed.
When I first heard about pink slime on the radio I was disgusted that such a thing could find its way into people's burgers. Now that I've heard more about it I think the waste and resultant increase in slaughter if we DON'T consume it is unconscionable.
Anyone else still pondering this issue? Got an opinion?
ERRR the only problem I have with that is I always think of it as "pink slime" LOL!
If you have to add ammonia to kill the e-coli and other bacteria to make the meat safe, I am totally grossed out. It would be better to ask people to help out by skipping red meat one day a week; they just might do it if they were given the reasons -- helping out the planet, killing fewer animals, etc. We had a discussion on this group on pink slime earlier; I remember saying that I don't want to feed that stuff to my dogs, let alone school children. We do need solutions to planet problems, but I personally don't think that eating pink slime is a good one.
You can surely make an argument that we should eat as much of the animal whose life we have taken out of respect. However, the ammonia treatment is used out of a concern for bacterial contamination, so that's one strike against it. The second thing working against it is the name, who want's to eat something called pink slime? I guess I always thought stuff like this went into bologna and hot dogs, which take care of the bacteria problem by cooking.
I'm definitely no expert on this stuff, but what I heard on NPR is that the ammonia treatment used to kill the bacteria in pink slime has been in use on lots of meat products for a very long time, and that it was approved by the FDA as safe ages ago. My suspicion is that it's used a lot and we just don't know about it (and therefor don't object).
And badmoon2, the name is part of my thoughts about this! Someone who thought it was gross named it "pink slime", but one could come up with disgusting names for lots of products we consume, if one were so inclined. Or maybe one could come up with a decent-sounding name for pink slime... You can bet members of the meat industry don't call it that :)
IS PINK SLIME KOSHER???
i loked it up online but did not find an answer
Good question! I doubt it. I'm sure it's not mixed with milk products, but it seems unlikely to me that kosher slaughtering and blessing practices would be used in most slaughter houses. I guess that means it can't legally be added to any food that is labeled as kosher, so that might be a way to avoid unknowingly eating it.
thanks,emily,that's what i'm thinking,too.
Interesting discussion. I haven't eaten any red meat for about 30 years so it really doesn't bother me. But if I did I would stop.