Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
It seems that nearly everyone is writing about or talking about the snow storm in the mid-west and along the east coast. Maybe you are like me and a bit tired of snow stories? I thought I’d write about something different so you can get a break from all those snow stories.
Do you remember the big public uproar a couple of years back about pink slime being used without our knowledge? Did you know its back? Yes, its being used again now that people have forgotten about it. Out of sight, out of mind.
So, have you heard about meat glue? Do you know what it is? Did you know that most restraunts use it? They can take a few cents worth of scrap cuts and form it into a filet mignon. The customers don’t know its being done. Thats a hugh profit margin.
If you don’t know about meat glue then do an internet search for transglutaminase or meat glue and you’ll get thousands of sites to read. Its also called Activa. Not to be confused with the yogurt.
Meat glue is not only being used with beef, chicken, and pork but its also being used for fish, tofu, and in most deli meats as well. Its used in dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and eggs to make them creamy. All without our knowledge. We are all eating it and don’t know it.
Have a look at this jowl bacon from my freezer. This was given to me in a food bank box a few weeks back. Looks ok doesn’t it? Except this isn’t what jowl bacon is supposed to look like.
I hadn’t really looked at it before but can you see how its sort of a miss match of fat and pink meat? This would be an example of how meat glue is used. You can’t see the glue. About the only way to tell meat glue is used is by smelling it. It has a “wet dog” kind of smell.
Ok, now have a look at what jowl bacon is supposed to look like. Jowl bacon is the cheek of the pig from just below the eye. The cheek is part meat and part fat.
Now have a look at a side by side comparison of the two different types of jowl bacon. Can you see the difference? I suspect one is loaded with meat glue. It does smell like it.
Meat glue is made by the Ajinomoto company. These are the same people who brought us MSG and aspartame. We all know about the dangers of those, right? Here is a site link with lots of information about meat glue and how its used. Info about meat glue. You can also buy meat glue on Amazon.
Meat glued together is just another way of short sizing the food we purchase. What I keep wondering is “who” is getting the good food if we are getting the scraps? One more reason for me to stay with my 1940s diet.