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Where can I try Pink Slime?

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.

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  1. Try your local elementary school!

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

      1. 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?

        1. 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. 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. 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. http://tinyurl.com/7l35uqm

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

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

                        1. 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

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


                            1. re: Will Owen

                              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

                                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

                                  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...