Make Sure You’re Actually Buying Beef When You’re Buying Beef

Make Sure You're Actually Buying Beef When You're Buying BeefBy now you may have heard of a problem where beef waste products—lovingly called "pink slime"—are being processed and, according to ABC News, sold as actual actual meat in most supermarkets. If this sounds gross and you don't want it in your meat, here's how you can avoid it.

The "pink slime" is created by taking fat waste, simmering it at a low heat to separate any muscle from the fat, processing the separate muscle with ammonia, and then shipping it in a frozen brick to supermarkets to be added to the beef you buy. The product was previously only used in dog foods and cooking oil, as a dog's stomach can handle it, but now we're eating it, too. Even fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Taco Bell have stopped using this processed meat product in their food but we're still buying it regularly because grocers are not required to disclose the full contents of their ground beef.

So how can you tell what contains this "pink slime" and what doesn't? When it comes to standard ground beef, you can't, but food blog Eat Like No One Else suggests that buying beef that claims to be from a specific part of the cow can help. For example, 100% ground sirloin or chuck are two options. While you can never know for certain what goes into pre-packaged beef, the 100% claims are a much better bet. Alternatively, if you need to know exactly what you're getting, visit a butcher and have them grind the meat for you. This way you'll see exactly what you're going to eat.

70 Percent of Ground Beef at Supermarkets Contains ‘Pink Slime' | ABC News via the Consumerist

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