4 weeks ago
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I am need of a little education on a little something I have seen at the grocery stores since our move, Meat in a tube!! Let me start off by saying that I am not a MEAT kind of girl, I do not eat hamburgers, hot dogs, meat loaf, sloppy joes or anything that has a big chunk of ground meat involved. On the other hand I will eat select cuts of steak, tender roasts, turkey, chicken and a few other meats but I am a bit of a snob, thanks Dad :) !!
When we lived in Vegas I NEVER bought meat from Wal-Mart and when I was buying it from other big chain grocery stores, it was fresh from the butcher or occasionally in the little plastic covered packages. Well one of the first times we were at the grocery store when we moved here I was looking for some ground meat for tacos (they are on the "acceptable to eat" list) and I saw these ENORMOUS plastic tubes of ground beef!! I had never seen such a thing before and honestly it made me feel a little like throwing up!! Since our budget is limited I haven't been able to buy meat the way we used to but I just CAN NOT bring myself to buy meat in a tube. Now I am not talking about Jimmy Dean sausage, (I don't eat that either) but I have seen it before. Somehow it, (meat in a tube) reminds me of Spam or Bologna and the mere thought of fake meat makes me nauseous!! I am sorry if there are Spam and Bologna lovers out there, but I just can't!
This is where I need to be educated. Is meat in a tube really ground meat? Is it good? Does it give your unborn children birth defects? Is it safe? I know this might seem silly to some, but I am serious here, how exactly does one buy meat in a tube and not feel a little weird? Is the only difference the packaging, or is it like a hot dog and no one really knows what it's made with, except for those permitted into the plant to package it? C'mon now Educate me!!