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Jun 24, 2011 07:41 PM

If you could only eat products from ONE animal for the rest of your life...

What would it be?

For me it's a toss up between cows and chickens, but I think when it comes down to it, I'd pick chicken. It's a bit more versatile than beef, and I'd be a sad panda without eggs. There are enough milk substitutes what I probably wouldn't try to kill myself.

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  1. I'd pick pork. It's one of the most versatile meats around, has excellent flavor, cooks well. I lived in Turkey for a year and couldn't get pork and really missed it. That's when I realized how much pork I really eat. I took a short trip to Germany while I was there and brought back some ham and sausage!

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          I like cheese too much. If pigs provided tasty milk, it would be pork.

        2. re: RevImmigrant

          Oink +1. Was a vegetarian for over 20 years, and pork was the only meat I truly missed.

          1. re: RevImmigrant

            Pork -- no question. Just about every part of the pig is delicious, except the offal, which I won't eat no matter the animal.

            1. re: RevImmigrant

              Absolutely pork.

              There is a Spanish saying that with a pig, you can eat everything but the squeal.

            2. I couldn''t do it. Period.

              1. My cholesterol would strongly advise against it, but I would have to pick cows. The thought of never eating a good steak or a juicy burger for the rest of my life makes me very sad.

                1. There are enough milk substitutes what I probably wouldn't try to kill myself.
                  but there are no decent *cheese* substitutes - that's what would kill me. even if they were good, most of them are soy-based so i can't eat them anyway...and that makes the yogurt substitutes a no-go as well.

                  like you, i'm torn between chickens and cows. i rarely eat pork, so even though i knew that would probably be the majority answer (Chowhounds love their bacon!), it's definitely not mine. right *now* i'd choose chickens because i've been off dairy for a couple of months...but that's temporary, and i just don't think i could go through the rest of my life without yogurt & cheese, not to mention the occasional rare, juice burger or steak!

                  oy. i can't choose, please don't make me :)

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                    1. re: GraydonCarter

                      i actually considered replacing cows with goats in my first response - i could easily stick solely to goat dairy...but even though i've had some tasty goat meat in my time, i prefer beef. and it still doesn't address the egg issue...

                      see, i just can't do it!

                      1. re: GraydonCarter

                        That was my second choice, because I love goat cheeses and ice cream, but goat

                        1. re: dragonchowmein

                          Sheep's cheese? So you get lamb as well...which in my opinion as so much more flavour than beef anyway.

                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I can't eat dairy anymore, so pork was an easy choice for me. I am not a huge fan of eggs either so again the pork. I would hate to think of life with out sausage and salami, so pork it is!

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Pig/pork. Amongst other things, Chinese/Cantonese cuisine without pork is nonsensical. However, contrary to a 'perceived' bias for bacon amongst CHers I don't particularly care for that. (bacon)

                          I don't like cheese, haven't drunk milk for so long I don't even remember when it was I last had a glass or even used any (I drink my coffee black), meh about butter (I have a 1 lb pack in the fridge that is now down to the last quarter stick and I think that pack was bought more than a year ago, maybe two), don't bake, haven't had yogurt in years, etc etc. I like an occasional steak, but the prime rib I had on Friday was the first big hunk of beef I'd had in a while. I may miss beef short ribs on occasion but I'll get over it.

                        2. Impossible. It's like asking a mother which of her children would she save in a fire if she could only rescue one. No one should be asked such an impossible thing!

                          Chicken for the eggs, cows for cheese and other milk products, pigs for ham, bacon and other cured products.

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                          1. re: jlhinwa

                            sophie's choice!

                            I could go without either of the meats, but I think that cheese would be the hardest to give up. Though enough things have eggs in them that I don't think I could live without.

                            1. re: jlhinwa

                              It really isn't the same at all.