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Where can I try Pink Slime?

mattyshake Mar 15, 2012 03:54 PM

I'm curious to see what exactly this stuff tastes like and it's nutrition info but how do I find some? Budget chicken-fried steak frozen dinners? Fast food dollar menus? Generic potted meat?

If anyone can back up and verify a product that uses this slime please share it's name.

  1. firecooked Mar 15, 2012 05:08 PM

    Try your local elementary school!

    1. KaimukiMan Mar 15, 2012 07:13 PM

      grocery store ground beef. especially the frozen stuff in a tube.

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        sueatmo Mar 15, 2012 07:31 PM

        If you buy the cheapest ground beef you can find, that is packed at an offsite packer, I imagine you will have some pink slime in the contents. If you do this, make a hamburger, and let us know how it tastes!

        Has anyone noticed an improvement in McD's hamburgers since they stopped using this adulterated meat? I had a McD's hamburger several months ago and it was very disappointing. Perhaps the quality has improved?

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          GH1618 Mar 15, 2012 07:32 PM

          The problem is, you need not only a product made with it, such as a beef hot dog, but a control — a hot dog made without it but otherwise identical. You can't buy these, you need to find reports from the food scientists who developed it, and take their word for it. Here's a link to an example:


          Or find a source of the product and conduct your own experiments.

          1. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 16, 2012 04:59 AM

            There is a brand of frozen hamburger patties by the name of "Flanders", if you really want to try what pink slime is, you'll be sorry. They got them at WM.


            1. JungMann Mar 16, 2012 07:01 AM

              Most of us have eaten boneless lean beef trimmings, aka pink slime. Only about 30% of ground beef in the US is made strictly from what is generally understood as minced meat according the USDA.

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              1. re: JungMann
                arugala Mar 18, 2012 02:18 PM

                that is a CRAZY statistic! wow.

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                sueatmo Mar 18, 2012 05:08 PM


                from Huffington: 'Pink Slime': Sounds Gross, But How Does It Taste? by J.M. HIRSCH

                This guy did it. He bought hamburger with pink slime in it, and he bought hamburger without. Guess which burger tasted best?

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                1. re: sueatmo
                  KaimukiMan Mar 18, 2012 09:15 PM

                  great review sueatmo... thanks for sharing

                  i wrote to safeway about their ground beef, and they gave me a fairly good reply, the note at the bottom also expressly forbid me to reveal the contents of the message, but I encourage others to inquire as well, maybe they will put this secret information on their website.

                  1. re: KaimukiMan
                    sueatmo Mar 19, 2012 03:06 PM

                    You're kidding. They told you not to reveal what they told you? Weird.

                    I don't have a local Safeway, so I won't be emailing them. But I think it is good so many of us are doing this. I will be buying unadulterated ground beef from now on.

                    I was reading in a food processor cookbook by Jean Anderson, that you can grind your own beef in a food processor! I had no idea. I must give this a try. In fact all the talk about hamburger is pushing me to make a hamburger soon. With cheese and sweet onion.

                    1. re: sueatmo
                      ferret Mar 19, 2012 03:17 PM

                      Careful, careful, careful. If you do try using a food processor you can easily create your own "pink slime" if you don't proceed with caution because the machine has a tendency to create meat paste. Do it in small batches and pulse, don't let it run continuously. Stop and feel the texture frequently.

                      1. re: sueatmo
                        KaimukiMan Mar 20, 2012 12:25 AM

                        the full reply did not contain the prohibition:

                        Thank you for your recent correspondence.

                        We appreciate the time you have taken to share your feedback.

                        We offer our customers a choice of 100% USDA-approved ground beef products that do not contain Lean Finely Textured Beef. Both the 80% Lean Market Trim, which is ground fresh on site, and our Natural Ground Beef, which contains no antibiotics, added hormones or artificial ingredients and is minimally processed, are made without Lean Finely Textured Beef. We also sell traditional ground beef, which may include Lean Finely Textured Beef. Our ground beef products undergo rigorous inspections to ensure that they meet the highest standards for quality and food safety in the industry.

                        Should you require further assistance, you may reply to this email or phone us at 1-877-723-xxxx and reference Contact ID xxxxxx. One of our associates will be happy to assist you.

                        Thank you for shopping at Safeway.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan
                          RelishPDX Mar 20, 2012 09:27 AM

                          That's an interesting reply from corporate, thanks for posting it.

                          One morning I was at our local Safeway, and one of the butchers, err meat cutters, was sitting there going through what looked like scrap trimmings from having cut down a bagged primal (can't say for a fact it was, just that that's what it looked like). It also looked like she was cutting things off some pieces and tossing the remainder into a big grey plastic tub.

                          Another shopper near me saw this too, and she quietly said to me, "I guess that's what's in our ground beef here." It was surprising to see this being done out in the open.

                          Since then I've always assumed that the really cheap beef ground in-store would be made in part from what made it into the discard bin, which turned me off to the 70/30 mix forever. I rarely bought it anyway, and usually buy at least the 80/20 or 85/15. Now I'm beginning to wonder if those cuttings make it into even the leaner grinds after some processing, with the 70/30 beef simply being repackaged from one of the ground beef conglomerates.

                          This whole pink slime business is making me want to haul out the meat grinding kit I bought with my stand mixer, but have rarely used. When I was a kid, we always shopped at Lucky Stores in the SF Bay Area. If we were going to have something with ground beef, my dad would pick out a big round steak from the meat display, and ask for it to be ground. The butcher never had a problem with that request.

                    2. re: sueatmo
                      cacruden May 5, 2012 10:53 PM

                      Reviewer obviously was not taking the comparison seriously, he should have had another person doing the prep, then one doing the serving to provide a double blind test (the server and the eater would not know which was which). Maybe he was afraid of being embarrassed :p

                    3. Bada Bing Mar 21, 2012 08:15 AM

                      Just on principle, I do think that someone (but not me) should take a dispassionate look at the culinary properties of pink slime. Perhaps it will show up on one of those ghastly food competition shows. I'd watch an Iron Chef installment, though. "Battle: Pink Slime!"

                      I understand that some people object to the chemical aspect, but, hey, Lutefisk uses sodium hydroxide (lye).

                      It seems likely that the animal component might be promising for gelatin properties, if not flavor.

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                      1. re: Bada Bing
                        wyogal Mar 21, 2012 08:22 AM

                        Yes, but that's lutefisk.

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                        bagofwater Mar 21, 2012 08:16 AM

                        Have you eaten meat in the past forty years? If so, then you've tried it.

                        1. Will Owen Mar 21, 2012 04:45 PM

                          According to a piece in the LA Times yesterday, adding that product is about the only way to get ground beef leaner than 85%, short of running some relatively expensive stuff through the grinder. As I deliberately avoid super-lean, and always buy store-ground anyway, I've probably had very little of it. My late pa-in-law I'm sure never had any, because he refused to eat any he hadn't ground himself. We had very few burgers at his house, and no meatloaf …

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                          1. re: Will Owen
                            ios94 Mar 22, 2012 12:14 PM

                            I'm sure these frozen "burgers" had some pink slime for you to try. lol


                            1. re: Will Owen
                              KaimukiMan Mar 22, 2012 12:58 PM

                              if you are only buying store-ground then its likely it wasn't in there. But pretty much every level - except the ultra lean - of regular ground beef has it. The ultra lean often doesn't have it and is from trimmings of higher end cuts. So says a butcher I know.

                              1. re: KaimukiMan
                                Tom34 May 5, 2012 03:24 AM

                                Far better off eating ground beef from the trimmings produced locally. Even better yet, search Ebay or Craigslist, get a decent quality electric grinder and in 10 min have all the top quality, great tasting, SAFE ground beef you want.

                                1. re: Tom34
                                  freia May 5, 2012 02:41 PM

                                  I either grind my own or purchase from our local butcher who grinds for you fresh on demand. Love it! Haven't bought grocery store ground for years...

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