Skip to comments.The Impracticality of a Cheeseburger
Posted on 01/19/2012 7:41:42 AM PST by jmcenanly
What does the cheeseburger say about our modern food economy? A lot, actually. Over the past several years blogger Waldo Jaquith (http://waldo.jaquith.org) set out to make a cheeseburger from scratch, to no avail. Further reflection revealed that its quite impracticalnearly impossibleto make a cheeseburger from scratch, he writes. Tomatoes are in season in the late summer. Lettuce is in season in spring and fall. Large mammals are slaughtered in early winter. The process of making such a burger would take nearly a year and would inherently involve omitting some core cheeseburger ingredients. It would be wildly expensiverequiring a trio of cowsand demand many acres of land. Theres just no sense in it.
(Excerpt) Read more at scientificamerican.com ...
No! You are to fat!
Grow your lettuce and tomatoes in containers, in the window, a cold frame or a greenhouse.
Slaughter your beef, butcher and grind, then freeze. You can buy freeze-dried or canned beef patties, if you think freezing is problematic. Or just freeze the butchered meat and grind as needed. Or use venison. It makes a great burger if you have some saved fat to add to it when grinding.
Cheese takes months to make and then keeps for months more.
Bake buns as needed. They can be baked in a Dutch oven over a fire or on a wood stove, if necessary.
We still have lettuce in the greenhouse. Tomatoes would be just as easy. Large animals can be slaughtered year around now that we have refrigeration.
He built a straw man, and then pointed out it's flaws.
He can get a Macdouble for $1.00
"Cheeseburgers - The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast."
The only issue is cheddar, swiss, or muenster?
“What does the cheeseburger say...?” (yummmmm) a cheeseburger around would say “heeeellllpppppppp! I’m being eate-—” then perhaps “burp!”
That IS a tasty burger!
“He can get a Macdouble for $1.00.”
And despite what the food snobs here and elsewhere say, that is nothing less than a modern miracle.
The cheese does not necessary need to come from a cow, and neither does the meat. Meat can be ground up from just about anything...squirrel or opossum if necessary. Any green edible leaf will do in place of the lettuce. Catsup, pickels, and mustard keep for a very long time. Fresh tomatoes are not required, they make the burger better but are not mandatory. Onions keep for quite awhile but can be canned or dried, and for that matter so can the tomatoes.
“The only issue is cheddar, swiss, or muenster?”
And the answer to that question is: Yes.
Big Kahuna Burger
That is a tasty burger!
The mustard crop has been sparse this year. And don’t get me started on the ketchup and pickle plants.
The miracle is that this is not a subsidized price! No government assistance!
When I hear people complain about how poor people are eating at fast food restaurants while being on public assistance, it really makes me mad. McDonalds and taco bell are cheaper food than any grocery store.
The only way you can eat cheaper is to buy bulk staples when on sale and make everything from scratch. But that requires substantial storage areas, multiple refrigerators, and a well equipped kitchen. People in an apartment may not have the space for that.
There’s a very good reason why small houses for poor people 100 years ago had the kitchen as the largest room in the house...like my old house. 900sq foot 2 bedroom and the kitchen/dining accounts for about half the entire house.
I used to avidly read science magazines, Then they all were taken over by watermelons, and I gave up because the tidbits of useful information on scientific advancement was swamped in a deluge of left wing Eco-progaganda.
I refuse to pay for large helpings of drivel to wring out small portions of facts.
You mean like this?
Once I get to the pet store, I’ll have the stuff for a DIY version. I have the perfect window.
Scientific American has taken a pretty hard left turn in recent years. They're extremely concerned about global warming and they're no doubt concerned about all the CO2 released just to give us our supposedly-unhealthy cheeseburgers.
At any rate, here's the original.
It's a lot more optimistic.
That is two minutes of my life I’ll never get back.