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Patsbeef
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« on: November 24, 2007, 04:32:30 PM »

I sit here wondering what I should say if anything........It is hard for me when I know some things aren't true and people are being sold a bill of goods....I state repeatedly that people should become informed beyond the label and Hype. I guess I see people looking for the holy grail that allows them to "Just Believe"....

I was in Western Washington and decided to check a food coop out. In particular, I always check the Meat section.....

I looked at some Buffalo Products. As I veiwed the Burger, I noticed a lot of white in it. White indicates not only fat, but grain fed...I have been around enough meat to feel confident to say this is grain fed meat...I looked and saw no labeling of the percent Fat. I read the package and know the area where it is produced well enough to feel very confident it is corn fed in a feedlot. I make this statment as a prelude to a sign on te freezer, not as a judgement against the meat....

So, I reflect upon some labeled Buffalo Burger I saw at Fred Meyers earlier this year form this same Feeder....It was labeled as 17% Fat. I would say what I saw at the Coop would be about this level..........At the time, I asked myself, "What is better for you, 15% Fat Grain Fed Beef or 17% Fat Grain Fed Buffalo Burger?" Anyone not wanting to believe the "Grail" becuase it is fashionably and Politically Correct/Snobbish to tout the benefits of Buffalo as better than Beef......But, If it is raised the same and has the same fat content....

So, "The Sign" ....."Buffalo is Leaner than Beef so it the following methods should be used to cook it".........I call BS in this case....

BTW, this is not to slam Buffalo. I have eaten some great bison Product......I just think there is an assumtion of how it is raised that is quite different than what you are seeing reach the mass market grocery...

As I looked at the Beef Selections, I was most appalled at the Pricing.....I saw Roasts at $14.00/Lb.......Folks, it does not cost this much, not near this much to find Safe and good food.....I feel someone is playing the fear card and pocketing a lot...I saw a lot of Meat prices way out of line with the reality.....Crimeny, buying local shuould not cot over 300% more,


Ok, vent over, LOL...

Pat
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2007, 08:57:02 PM »

I've also always heard buffalo is leaner--do you think they add beef fat to up the content for the ground version?  I remember in the southeast where I grew up, people that hunted deer would grind their venison & add beef fat because it was too lean to really work well as ground meat.  You can't really fry it or use it in standard ground beef recipes because it's too dry to hold together & burns in the skillet without the added fat.

I agree that there seem to be a lot of people trying to cash in on the various health concerns & scares right now.  I guess all we can do is weigh all the costs & make decisions to the best of our ability.  I decided to drop a pet food I've been using because they keep upping the price since the recall.  Could be the higher demand for a good product is making it harder to get the product out, or higher prices for the ingredients, or desire to make more money.  No matter, it's gone too high for me to feel like it's worth it, or that I can afford.  There are other choices that are cheaper, including home cooking. 

I guess there's a tradeoff though--if we insist on the cheapest, we get junk.  So I'm still willing to pay more for local organic foods, up to a certain point.  The too greedy ones will get weeded out I'm sure.  Just keep price shopping & staying educated on the latest info!
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2007, 06:54:38 PM »

No, I don't think they add beef fat. I know the feeding in this case is replicate of the way beef cattle are fed....

We used to hunt deer and would get ones on the breaks on the ranch. They had eaten the grain grown on the tops of the hills and would have a half inch or better backefat. Definetly did not have to add fat to the grind....

Feeding any animals in a manner similar to the traditional way of feeding cattle will yield similar results......

Pat
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