As I understand Pink Slime is in ground beef, I can't seem to find out if it is in ground chicken or turkey to? I heard about McDonalds’ chick nuggets, but I’m wandering if that stuff is add to ground poultry that is sold in stores?
I'm just trying my best not to feed this junk to my kids.
I believe it is used in fast food items such as chicken nuggets. I have not heard of it being added to the ground poultry at grocery stores. To be safe, you can, as Anna suggested, have the butcher grind whole, boneless chicken parts for you. That way, you can control what goes into it. Also, the store brands of ground meats tend to be done in-house and rarely have additives.
The pink slime you've seen in the press isn't something that is on or happens to meat, it is a complete product referring to the chicken paste used to make breaded chicken nuggets or as cheap filler for burgers. There appear to be two varieties chicken and beef. If you buy organic high quality ground chicken or turkey at the grocery store I doubt you will encounter it.
McDonald's and some other fast food chains claim that they have stopped using it because of public outcry, but many chicken products (that aren't whole pieces of chicken) and cheap burgers will be made of it, like school lunches, kids' menus in other restaurants, and cheap frozen dinners purchased at the store.
If you buy exclusively whole cuts of meat, pastured or not, you won't have to worry about eating pink slime at all.
That "pink slime" is in anything you see "mechanically separated" on the ingredients list. First hit teh intarwebs in variations of Can You Guess What McDonald's Product This Food Item Is? Take all the leftover chicken after selling the breasts, legs, and thighs - attempt to separate the "meat" from the bones - grind - sterilize (with ammonia) - recolor - reflavor - et Voilà!
And you didn't believe Michael Pollan when he said it was important to learn where your food comes from ...
Maria, did you ever get a true answer? I too have learned about pink slim (for those who dont know it is the final meat rederings from the cattle bone that is infested with disease and then rolled in a machine with imonia which apparently makes it "safe to eat") Its absolutely DISGUSTING and will not ever enter my childs body.
However, I too am interested in knowing if this horrible process is used in ground poultry and the teenage boys behind the deli counter could really care less then answer my questions. It sure would be nice to be able to comfortably purchase ground meat and not always have to have it ground for me.
For anyone who has not been exposed to this rendering process I highly recommend you look it up. Try "Jamie Olivers Food Revolution Pink Slime".
You will never eat another burger after you see it... Im fairly certain.
Gee, I wonder why we are all dying of cancer!?!?!?!
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