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Pork What? Beef What?

Did you ever wonder, when you were in the grocery store, what it means when a food is said to contain pork or beef?

I mean like, is it made from pork shoulder? pork tenderloin? pork butt? Or could it be made from some part of the pig that you don't want to realize you've been eating?

It's the same thing with beef, or indeed, any other food animal. What is the cut? How do manufacturers get by without specificity? I mean hamburger and ground beef are legally defined by the Food and Drug Administration. In reality, they should be one and the same, but they are not!

Now you know why they call that thing a burger, rather than a hamburger. Juice drink instead of juice. And so forth. People, they're conning you. At some level the whole world is conning you. After all, we know what greedy food purveyors can be capable of. And at times they are given the wink because they conform to a legal definition laid out by the politicians.

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MegL wrote on December 10, 2017, 4:31 AM

I understand that the food value of meat is the same no matter which part of the animal it comes from (I think this refers to muscle, rather than other organs). My late father in law would never eat sausages because he said you never knew what went into them. But as long as it all comes from the animal, I don't really worry. After all, in some countries, people consider sheep's eyeballs to be a delicacy and my grandmother cooked parts of animals in meatballs she made, including lungs. The meatballs were delicious. She also used parts of the intestine and probably some parts I won't name on here!

VinceSummers wrote on December 10, 2017, 8:14 AM

Lungs. Great for breathing.

MegL wrote on December 10, 2017, 10:46 AM

Yes. But by the time she got to using them, the animal didn't need them any more. I THINK she wrapped the meatballs in the membrane to keep them together but not sure as I was only young when she used to do this.

Kasman wrote on December 10, 2017, 3:10 PM

A good example of this is meat paste. In the UK it comes in small glass jars and is a pale pinkish/grey colour. It consists of 'mechanically recovered meat' and contains parts of the animal most people certainly wouldn't think of as meat yet are perfectly edible. Read this: This description isn't very appetising but it's delicious on toast!

VinceSummers wrote on December 10, 2017, 3:56 PM

I'm sure I wouldn't know! Haha.