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Sunday, October 07, 2007


Meat The Family

There was another big meat recall last week. This time it's E. Coli-infected frozen hamburger patties from two different companies.

We're meat eaters. Chicken, beef, pork, fish. It's all good to a family of omnivores. I've explained vegetarianism to my children, but they just aren't interested in cutting out the chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and sirloin steak.

I've never worried much about E. Coli because I cook all our meat thoroughly. Medium Well, at the very least. I worry more about the raw vegetables we eat than anything else.

But the news stories do have an effect. I find myself buying more fish than I ever have before. The kids love salmon, halibut and catfish. When I buy ground beef, I pay more for organic brands.

I don't like being scared of the food I serve my family. As careful as I am with meal preparation, it would still be nice to have some assurance that the various meat companies and government agencies are doing all they can to help keep our dinner tables free from things that will kill us.


Anonymous brettdl said...

There is so much wrong with our food supply, I kinda just want to grow all of it myself.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

We grew enough veggies in our garden this year to keep us fed for at least two weeks.

As for meat, I knew a guy who raised rabbits just for that purpose. I'm not sure I have it in me to do that. I can't eat things that are cute.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

I feel no guilt killing veggies. And it's sobering to realize how much room you need to grow enough veggies for the family.

12:06 PM  
Blogger JeanC said...

As we have more and more food recalls, it is beginning to make sense to see about buying your food locally. At the very least you KNOW where it is coming from, instead of who knows where and sent thru an giant processing plant where who know what has come into contact with it.

One of these years I'll be able to grow enough veggies for the hubby and I. I would love to raise my own chickens and such, but the property owner may have something to say about that (as is I've had to be creative with what space I have for my garden, since he won't let me have a big enough one).

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Alice said...

Even fish doesn't get you home for free. Mercury you know.

9:16 AM  

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