I hope you have been watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution program on ABC. Sadly many people haven’t so they have moved the show to Friday nights and pretty much killed it. Which is such a shame. I suppose that is what happens when you try and tell the truth and it impacts big business. Thankfully they are showing more episodes starting tonight which I personally am looking forward to.
Jamie Oliver is a hero of mine. I totally agree with him that the more food we make ourselves, the healthier we will be. Well imagine my shock when he told me about pink slime! (See video above.) Here I was thinking I was being healthy by buying extra lean ground beef. Now I do not know for sure what the grocery stores do here but I did ask two meat departments if they made their own ground beef in house. No, they don’t. They get it in a tube and package it up.
I even called one of the store’s head office to find out if ammonia was used as a means of sanitizing the beef and they said it was not listed in the list of ingredients. Um, well, no… It isn’t a flavouring…
This all kind of freaked me out. I am far from being a vegetarian like I used to be but I do care about what I eat! I got all upset and did not know what to do.
One day we were visiting my mother-in-law and she wanted to get rid of a lot of stuff and I burst out, Lorraine, do you have an old meat grinder? Sure enough, she did! And she was happy to give it to me. What a sweetheart! I found out that her and my husband used to use it to make pickles when he was a boy. How sweet is that?! A real family heirloom and a potential solution to my foodie problem.
I took my Dremel tool to it to clean it all up and put it together. I attached it to my small kitchen island and was ready to go.
I invested in an oven roast and removed what I thought was all the skin and cut it into chunks. Turns out that even the tiniest piece of that silvery skin can make your life hell. Which happened to me immediately. Nothing came out of the grinder at all at first. I thought it was broken until I removed the cap and got rid of the tiniest piece of fat. I began again.
Then it was smooth sailing. Well, sort of. This is not easy to do by hand at all!
I cleaned out the last of the meat using by putting of bread through the grinder which worked pretty well. I found out later from online friends that it is much easier to grind meat that has been in the freezer a while.
After washing it and drying it completely, I lightly oiled it and put it in a bag with some brown rice for storage (thanks Alton Brown).
I used the meat to make Chuck Hughes’ Super Burger. It was one of the best and most tender burgers I have ever had!
The only problem? Not only did grinding the meat hurt my shoulder, my hands killed for DAYS!!! I was in agony. I think I am going to have to blindfold my husband and get him to do the manual labour next time because there is no way I can do it again and he is a tad more squeamish than I am about meat.
I love Jamie Oliver’s passion for helping kids, I do. But I care about YOU! I care about us adults and what we are eating too. I hope you watch his show tonight and keep in mind that it is so important to learn as much as you can about your food and make it yourself if you can. I feel so bad for Jamie, he is trying so hard and the world is not listening.
Well I am Jamie! And I will be watching and listening tonight.