Where's My Bloody Burger?
Saw a blurb on Dr. Oz about the nasties in cow-harvesting-assemby-line burger meat. The guest expert was ringing a large alarm bell regarding pink-to-red burgers. Burgers that are not "overcooked" are the rage right now.
Now, I am sure that many chowhounders know the names of the cows that they eat. (Exaggeration) Seriously, I sometimes go to a butcher that takes more care about the beef they sell and their burger is yum and I don't cook burgers from them all the way through.
But do you really trust all restaurants to be that careful with their sourcing? Or do you say "medium-rare, please" and hope for the best?
<But do you really trust all restaurants to be that careful with their sourcing? Or do you say "medium-rare, please" and hope for the best?>
Short answer: Yes, I just trust them for whatever reasons. It is in my nature I suppose.
P.S.: I don't order medium rare because it is rage. I did that as young as I remember. Either medium rare or medium.
I don't care how trendy medium rare is, I think the texture is crap. Well done for me, please.
No, I don't trust them.
I don't order many burgers from restaurants anyway. Much better at home....made to order ;)
eating a rare hamburger is much more dangerous than eating a rare steak because of the increased surface area.
eating steak tartare at an upscale restaurant is less risky than eating a medium rare hamburger at a burger place. with steak tartare they will likely have fresh-ground from the muscle right before serving, which is much safer than using prepackaged ground meat.
Because hamburger cooked more than medium rare (i prefer extra-rare, but can deal w/ med-rare) tastes like cardboard and is not worth the time or the calories.
So yeah, I pays my money and i takes my chances. And I am not aware that rare burgers are any more or less trendy now than ever, on the contrary, it seems to me i hear a lot more hand-wringing about the danger these days.
i don't worry about shellfish either, although I do attempt to avoid eating in restaurants that I think are likely to poison me, regardless of what kind of food it is.