Slime and Food: Two Words That Were Never Meant To Be Together

A delicious, grass fed burger – free of pink slime.

For the most part, Beyond The Peel is about healthy real food that tastes great. We tend to focus on recipes, tips, and “how to” posts that we feel are important part of making real food on a regular basis a reality. I try to stick to my strengths, which happens to be converting recipes to healthier ones or making real foods taste great. After all, if they taste good you’re far more likely to eat them more regularly. We are not vegetarian, or vegan, we are not gluten free or an allergy free food blog. We choose to incorporate all real foods into our diet even though many of the dishes that we make fall into the above categories.

We tend to not talk often about all the political aspects of whole foods. Not because it’s not important, it is really important. Without those websites, blogs and organizations fighting for our food rights, we would be in a very bad place. We don’t focus on it because there are a lot of websites out there that focus on those topics, that are far more knowledgeable and informed than us, and can speak with accuracy and passion on the topic.

So why I  am posting this video? Well, I think it’s important to watch and be knowledgeable about the foods we are being sold. With our dollar being stretched in all kinds of directions, isn’t it good to know what you’re paying for (chicken soaked in bleach or one that wasn’t)? I’ve written about my secret love of my butcher before, but this just solidifies the importance of knowing where your foods comes from.  If I’m paying for ground beef, I want ground beef! Not ground beef with a bunch of fillers soaked in ammonia, aka pink slime.


What are your thoughts?


I’m sharing this with Real Food 101, Mangia MondaysMonday ManiaSlightly Indulgent TuesdaysA Little Birdie Told Me, and Fat Tuesday.

11 Responses to Slime and Food: Two Words That Were Never Meant To Be Together

  1. Mary March 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    This is a real eye-opener. Thank you so much for posting this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • France Morissette March 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Mary, it’s pretty nasty stuff and definitely worth sharing. It always makes me wonder what else they allow that we don’t know about. All the more reason to eat real food.

  2. Steven Legault March 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Pretty scary stuff. From googling around though it seems there has been some backlash as to whether Jamie represented the process fairly (see here: Regardless it is an eye opener.

  3. Joshua March 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Steve, thanks for sharing that video. It is interesting to hear their take, but I still find it alarming that they admit to using ammonia gas in the product. In my mind, it’s yet another reason to eat real food.

  4. Claire March 19, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Jamie Oliver truly is an inspiration. Yet he has this ongoing battle on his hands both here in the UK, in the USA and undoubtedly other countries across the globe. He needs OUR support. We are the consumer who buy these over processed products. We stop buying them and eventually the demand will cease. He works tirelessly to better the food industry for both us, our children and future generations and gets very little thanks. His message is simple, know what you’re putting in your body.

    • France Morissette March 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      HI Claire. Well said. 3 times a day we pick up our forks and vote for what we believe in. It’s so important that our vote actually correlates with our belief.

  5. The Café Sucré Farine March 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    eek! I saw this the other day and was GROSSED out! Thanks for always making me think France!

  6. Katie March 20, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Oh, wow. That is really disgusting and disturbing. Thats for sharing that so we can be aware.

  7. France Morissette March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I had no idea either Katie until I watched this. Luckily we only buy ground beef from a really reliable butcher that prides itself on organic and grass fed products. But that switch was only made recently. And they wonder why we are so plagued with illnesses!

  8. Duskbaby March 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Wow! This is just the tip of the ice berg! There is soooo much that is put into our foods etc. that we have no clue! Alot of the stuff they put into the products/food we purchase everyday is the cause of most illness… Even organic isn’t really chemical free! Yeah the produce isn’t sprayed while it is growing but it is sprayed after the produce has been picked etc. Hence not really organic! Same with meat! It is literally to the point where we should all become farmers and grow our stuff our way and raise the animals are way to insure no chemicals etc. If you dig deep enough you could find all sorts of scary information. I stopped eating fast food two years ago! I haven’t been sick nearly as much since! We don’t even eat out anymore period.

  9. Jenn/Rook No. 17 March 27, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Gosh I love Jamie Oliver! Love what he’s doing to raise awareness, and appreciate that you’re spreading the word!

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