December 2, 2016

If This Doesn’t Make You Want to Eat Home Made Food I Don’t Know What Will

Every so often the local news will do a feature about local restaurants and their Health Department violations, showing all the nasty things they’ve uncovered about a particular eating establishment.  I never watch them, as I know they will make me feel ill.  Probably the last holdover that I had from “BP” – Before Prepping days – when I did not want to hear what I didn’t want to hear.

Well, after I saw the news about the Pink Slime used by fast food places to prepare meat, I don’t think it will ever be the same again.  For anyone who missed this juicy tidbit, the pink slime was used to make low grade meat edible.  Ammonium hydroxide was used to kill bacteria in the meat.  It is actually FDA approved for this use. I am just so outraged about the disgusting stuff that could possibly in our food, and us not knowing about it; it turns my stomach every time I think about.  I am also so disappointed the three places I used to like:  McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell actually used it for years, and I’ve been eating at those places since I was in my teens.

A little history about me:  I grew up in a household where nearly all the food was home cooked.  Both my Mom and Dad are great cooks, and were children during WWII so they grew up being frugal and careful about not wasting food.  They made all meals at home, and eating out was for special occasions.  Naturally, as a teen, I thought eating burgers out was cool and would always ask them to take us out to McDonalds.  Nonsense, my Dad would say, and he’d just whip up his own “Dad’s burgers” in which he mixed ground beef, some chopped onion and a bit of bread crumbs, fry it up and serve between two pieces of white bread.

Fast forward to the present, I am not so enamored with fast food anymore, but every now and then we get takeout food when work hours and school schedules just don’t work out to whipping up a home cooked dinner.  At least until I saw the report on “Pink Slime”  The big 3 places have now taken it off the menu, and that was only because of the bad publicity.  But all those years!  How much of that have I unknowingly ingested?  What did they replace it with?

mcdonald-pink slime

Part of being prepared means relying less and less on outside sources. I know of some families who eat every meal out. I cook most meals but I am now even more motivated to do better. If you are trying to break even the occasional fast food habit like me, start now:

  • Dig up those cookbooks and make a list of your favorite menu items.
  • Save the complicated recipes for the weekend, and the 30 minutes or less prep times for weekdays.
  • Plan a seven day menu before going to the supermarket.
  • During one weekend day, make a large batch that could last for at least two meals such as lasagna, pot roast, roast chicken etc.
  • If your resolve fails, just imagine eating a helping of sub par meat held together by pink slime (or some other new substitute).  Think about it, how else can they keep prices low?

This weekend I am cooking all meals at home.  I am sitting down and writing out a menu for each meal during the week and planning carefully.  And when the family has a hankering for burgers, I will be happily mixing up fresh ground beef, a bit of chopped onion and some bread crumbs… just like Dad makes.

 

Get the real deal. Whether bugging out or sheltering in place, you can never have enough clean water for survival: For your water purifier needs, please visit:

 

An inexpensive but helpful tool to keep track of supplies (Iphone or Ipad users)

 

 

7 Comments on If This Doesn’t Make You Want to Eat Home Made Food I Don’t Know What Will

  1. I have gotten hooked on “freezer meals” to keep healthy things on hand for busy times. Lasagna, healthy casseroles, roasted veggies, etc are easy to make double batches of and freeze one for later use. Pizza is another good meal that can be made with healthy ingredients (whole wheat crust) and of course keeps well in the freezer. I’m able to get lots of veggies into our son via pizza! LOL!

    • Pariah, good for you! Being able to sneak some veggie into your son’s dish is great, I’ve got picky eaters at home too.

  2. I have never been one for fast food and even when it comes to “fine dining”, I prefer things plain and simple. This pink slime business, though, is totally gross.

    Something I came across last week is equally gross. It is called “meat glue” and it is being used by top chefs to hold bits of meat together so it can be sold as – get this – as fine steak.

    There has never been a better time than now to hone the cooking skills. Thanks for alerting me to this cr*p!

    Gaye

  3. It’s not just fast food. Looking at documentaries like _Food Inc_ & _Fast Food Nation_ it’s discussed about ammonia hydroxide being used to tread ANY MEAT used in ANY PROCESSED Food– from what goes into your canned soup, to the prepared chop meat products, to canned chili & so on. The reason being– when the animals are butchered, because of inefficient training, fecal matter literally gets into the meat. It’s easier for major meat processing houses like Cargill & JBS to grind the contaminated meat & treat it with ammonia hydroxide then sell it to a 3rd party that will pack the chopped meat into patties or whatnot. It’s been happening for YEARS. Hence, why my family & I never eat any processed meat. You won’t see any canned meats, spam or anything of the kind in my survival pantry for that reason.

  4. Jessie I think both of those documentaries are good inspiration for people who like fast food. I know I do.

    The town I live in has only one national chain fast food store and it is expensive. That helps. Because I must admit I like McDonalds. So, in my attempt to be frugal I generally cook all meals at home. This gets to be part of the evening routine. And at lunch when other’s order out or go out to eat, I feel empowered to be able to eat my home lunch and know that I’m saving money and eating healthy.

    With a little planing and using what is on hand, I can generally have dinner cooking with about ten minutes prep work. Useing the crockpot and bread machine I do cut corners, but I always know what I’m eating and what I’m feeding my kids.

9 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. If This Doesn’t Make You Want to Eat Home Made Food I Don’t Know What Will | Learn How to be Prepared
  2. Meat Glue and Pink Slime. What Evil is Lurking in Your T-Bone?
  3. Meat Glue and Pink Slime. What Evil is Lurking in Your T-Bone? | Learn How to be Prepared
  4. Monday Musings 2/20/2012: Presidents Day Edition | Learn How to be Prepared
  5. Comment on Monday Musings 4/2/2012: Keep Cash with your Preps Edition by countrygirl | Learn How to be Prepared
  6. Comment on If This Doesn’t Make You Want to Eat Home Made Food I Don’t Know What Will by Comment on Monday Musings 4/2/2012: Keep Cash with your Preps Edition by countrygirl | Learn How to be Prepared | Learn How to be Prepared
  7. Comment on If This Doesn’t Make You Want to Eat Home Made Food I Don’t Know What Will by Comment on If This Doesn’t Make You Want to Eat Home Made Food I Don’t Know What Will by Comment on Monday Musings 4/2/2012: Keep Cash with your Preps Edition by coun
  8. Comment on Monday Musings 4/2/2012: Keep Cash with your Preps Edition by Comment on Monday Musings 4/2/2012: Keep Cash with your Preps Edition by Adam | Learn How to be Prepared | Learn How to be Prepared
  9. Comment on Monday Musings 4/2/2012: Keep Cash with your Preps Edition by Comment on Monday Musings 4/2/2012: Keep Cash with your Preps Edition by aptprepper | Learn How to be Prepared | Learn How to be Prepared

Comments are closed.