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Old November 3 2010, 10:00 AM   #1
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Eggs and meat in the US

...what are your eggs and meat like?

in the UK, we had a salmonella scare, twenty years ago, and some eggs are a bit 'iffy'. You can get 64p ones that have yellow yolks, 164p ones that are orange yolked, but a bit iffy, from local farms and giant ones that are 185p a half dozen.

Our, or should I say my, chicken meat is very cheap and makes you feel a bit queazy, pork from the butchers has depth and beef is cheap but tastes as though it has lots of growth hormones in it.

Do you get it from Texas, or those big US farms? Do you ever grow any extra appendages after eating it? Have you ever thought of going 'veggie'?
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Old November 3 2010, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: Eggs and meat in the US

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Our, or should I say my, chicken meat is very cheap and makes you feel a bit queazy, pork from the butchers has depth and beef is cheap but tastes as though it has lots of growth hormones in it.
Does it affect the taste of beef if the cattle were given growth hormones? How can you tell?

I haven't bought eggs in years, but the quality of the eggs available in stores here in California has always been pretty consistent. Never had any complaints about supermarket chicken or beef either. Lately I've been making a lot of ground turkey burgers, which is about the extent of my cooking skills.
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Old November 3 2010, 12:37 PM   #3
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Re: Eggs and meat in the US

Most of the meat I buy is local. Beef was better in Piedmont, but Emilian pork is excellent. Chicken is good, too. I don't use lots of eggs except for the odd omelette: I guess they are ok.
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Old November 3 2010, 03:03 PM   #4
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Re: Eggs and meat in the US

I'd have my own chickens, ideally and feed them on corn, though it's expensive. I don't know what it is with that beef, it's okay, very cheap, but you have to put salt and pepper on it and salt's bad for you.

There was a UK tv program where they went to Texas, pulled down a steer, killed it and had steaks. They were very raw and bloody and the presenter couldn't finish them.

I used to like duck eggs, but even they don't taste as wild and grassy as they used to. I might be losing my sense of taste.
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Old November 3 2010, 03:03 PM   #5
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Re: Eggs and meat in the US

Having been to the UK and Europe, I can say from experience that US foods are far superior in quality to what I had 'across the pond'.

I grew up on a small family farm, cheapjack, so your view of what goes on over here may be skewed by what you've read or seen on TV. . .
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Old November 3 2010, 03:06 PM   #6
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Re: Eggs and meat in the US

Salmonella is only a problem if you undercook your food. I have never had a problem with eggs or chicken.

Ground beef needs to be cooked all the way through because of e.coli.

Other beef, like steak, only really needs to be cooked on the surface because that's where the e.coli lives.

My dad has worked for a meat packing plant for 20+ years, so I tend to be kind of a steak snob. Even the most expensive steak in a fancy restaurant is crap compared to what I get for free at home.
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Old November 3 2010, 03:07 PM   #7
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Well Ive read Isaac Asimov's biography and he said he was wary about the one time he came to the UK, cos he'd heard English food was terrible. But, he loved roast beef dinner. Our organic stuff is good, Duchy of Cornwall stuff and everything. Loads of people are keeping chickens now.

I'd love a Texas steak, or any of your food.
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Old November 3 2010, 03:29 PM   #8
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The FDA is a joke so a half billion eggs were recalled over Salmonella a few months ago.

Luckily I hate eggs and only eat them in cookies which would be safe.

We have meet of all types, so it's hard to say what is like what.

I go to Northampton MA and they have free ranged organic beef and the hamburgers made from it are amazing.
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Old November 3 2010, 03:31 PM   #9
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We have meet of all types, so it's hard to say what is like what.
Yeah. I mean, the USA is huge, so we have all sorts of stuff. Posting on this board, I often get the impression that foreigners really don't quite get just how big the US is.
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Old November 3 2010, 03:48 PM   #10
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We have meet of all types, so it's hard to say what is like what.
Yeah. I mean, the USA is huge, so we have all sorts of stuff. Posting on this board, I often get the impression that foreigners really don't quite get just how big the US is.
And vice versa.
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Old November 3 2010, 04:03 PM   #11
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I like bison. Yum, bison.
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Old November 3 2010, 04:04 PM   #12
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Re: Eggs and meat in the US

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We have meet of all types, so it's hard to say what is like what.
Yeah. I mean, the USA is huge, so we have all sorts of stuff. Posting on this board, I often get the impression that foreigners really don't quite get just how big the US is.
And vice versa.
Perhaps, but I mean, many European countries are smaller than US states! You can fit the entirety of Europe inside North America and have tons of room leftover. Plus, we don't really have much in the way of public transportation, so unless you fly or drive yourself (or stowaway on a freight train), you can't really get from one side of the country to another. I mean, they might have buses, but that would probably take 3-4 days to get across.

There are so many states that I've never even seen!
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Old November 3 2010, 05:08 PM   #13
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Plus, we don't really have much in the way of public transportation, so unless you fly or drive yourself (or stowaway on a freight train), you can't really get from one side of the country to another. I mean, they might have buses, but that would probably take 3-4 days to get across.
You can take Amtrak.
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Old November 3 2010, 05:09 PM   #14
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Plus, we don't really have much in the way of public transportation, so unless you fly or drive yourself (or stowaway on a freight train), you can't really get from one side of the country to another. I mean, they might have buses, but that would probably take 3-4 days to get across.
You can take Amtrak.
That actually also takes 3-4 days to cross the country. (Done it.)
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Old November 3 2010, 05:12 PM   #15
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^So does driving, generally. I mean, it's 2500 miles or so; you can boom through in 2 days, but I hope you enjoy amphetamines...

Anyway, my point wasn't that it was faster, it was just that there basically all land transportation options do in fact exist for cross-country travel.
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