Skip to comments.Brits need to get over their beef with US meat
Posted on 08/08/2017 5:35:36 PM PDT by Ennis85
I eat steak whenever I'm in the United States. Your steaks are bigger, juicier, and more tender than those I can buy in Europe. Why? Partly because American cattle are given hormones that are banned in the EU.
Now, you might prefer the idea of unadulterated beef, raised only on rich green grass. Plenty of people in Europe say they do, and good luck to them. No one is going to force them to eat anything they don't want. But why should they impose their taste on the rest of us?
Over the past two weeks, a bizarre alliance has coalesced in Britain against the import of American food, in particular beef and chicken (which, being washed in chlorine, is also outlawed by the EU). A post-EU Britain will be free to sign a trade deal with the U.S., removing the more superstitious restrictions, thus lowering costs for British consumers. Who could be against that? Quite a few people, it turns out anti-Americans, Leftist agitators, militant vegetarians and, not least, Euro-fanatics who want Brexit to fail, and so oppose any post-EU trade deals. Plus, of course, some U.K. farmers who, like all producers in all countries, want to keep out competition.
If a U.S.-U.K. trade deal is consumer-led, removes irrational barriers, and asserts the basic principle that what may be sold in one country may legally be sold in the other, the potential gains are vast.
Here, though, is the key point: The biggest gains are to the country that sweeps away its own barriers. Sure, there will be some gains for Nebraskan ranchers if Britain allows U.S. beef into its markets. But the real advantage goes to the Brits. As prices fall in the U.K.,
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Grass fed beef is much better than the alternative.
I did not know that U.S. beef was raised with hormones. I don’t really know what they are but that doesn’t sound good to me. I am willing to learn tho.
This morning I had a delicious rib eye. It was ungraded and reduced to half price but still not what I call cheap. I was not too worried about tenderness as it was well marbled but just to make sure, I used meat tenderizer.
It was nut tough but not really tender either. It sure did taste good tho.
I couldn’t stand the beef I had in Europe. It was nothing but fat and grizzle. Yuck!! And the one burger I ordered at a restaurant other than McDonald’s in England, tasted like Worcestershire Sauce, which I hate on any type of beef. I like filet mignon and my burgers rare. They served me a rib-eye in Belfast that was so overcooked, you couldn’t even cut it. It was mummified.
American beef tastes better because of American corn.
Ever had a steak in Calgary ? Toronto ?
No thinks, I’ll have the fish...
My Sister and Brother-in-Law spend 6-8 months every year in Europe. I have never been out of the U.S.A. so ask them a bit about different countries.
Some of the interesting facts include: just about every restaurant in Hungary serves venison. I suppose it is farm raised.
The best food according to them is in of all places, Serbia.
The Poles are among the friendliest to Americans. The Hungarians do not offer help if you need it but if you ask them, they are very good to do so.
Meals in the former Soviet satellites are cheaper than the rest of Europe.
I lived in Western Kansas for 5 years. There are a whole bunch of feed lots and you can smell them a long way off.
I killed a mule deer and it tasted just like beef. I suspect it had fed off the fields of wheat and milo.
Don’t buy chicken rinsed in a chlorine solution!
INSIST on Free-Range salmonella!
The last time I gave blood, 5 weeks ago, I noticed that the Red Cross had revised the questionnaire, so now they only want to know if a male has had sexual contact with another male within the past 12 months, but they still are very worried about people donating who have spent too much time in the UK and might have eaten beef while there. Mad cow disease is still a big worry. HIV, not so much.
If these people new what qualified as grass feed they’d have a heart attack. Most of the cattle spend the majority of their lives feeding pastures, eating anything they can put in their mouth and yes every now and then they might eat a little grass in the process. Right now the majority of the cows in West TX are eating cactus tuna’s and mesquite beans yet they qualify as grass fed. They chew on old bones and dead carcasses. Betsy ain’t quite what people think she is.
Put them in a pressure cooker with your favorite spices and such. Brown before if you like.
I took a three week bus tour of the British Isles back in 2006, and a large number of our meals were included. I'm not a fish eater, so ended up with a lot of chicken dishes, or pasta. I don't like lamb either, and it was on the menu a lot. So was salmon...in Scotland. I hadn't realized until I got to Ireland, that Corned Beef and Cabbage is an American dish, so I was disappointed that you can't find it anywhere in Ireland. Potato and leek soup was also on the menu a lot.
Brits will very soon want all of their meat to be halal.
I spent a year in South Georgia researching my Paternal G Grandfather and his ancestors.
I did some substitute teaching to keep from starving. There was a German exchange student at the high school. I asked him which American food he liked best and he said, “hamburgers”.
His least favorite American food was the bread. He just didn’t like it.
We bleach food because bleach kills almost anything, and is environmentally safe because it degrades to salt fairly rapidly. It is used to sanitize a number of foods.
Every couple of years I buy a quarter from a farmer I personally know and trust who feeds his herd on grass, hay, and, during the winter, a little corn.
I never order a steak in a restaurant because it won’t even be half as good as what is in my deep freeze.
The hunters I invite on my wooded land adjacent to crop fields have been very generous in sharing the bounty, and, yes, it is just like my grass-fed beef.
I’ll take a bit of exception to the part of your statement implying that cattle are only eating prickly pear and mesquite beans- I drive all over West Texas (well, around and south of the I-20/I-10 line), and the grass is in fine shape wherever it grows. Been plenty of rain out here the last couple of years- I even see water in the Pecos river on a regular basis! :)
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