The antidote to Pink Slime–local, grass-fed beef

Lately it seems like I’m seeing a lot of articles about pink slime, the mysterious addition to what’s labeled as ground beef.  This is in much of the beef that you find in the meat section in your grocery store as well as what’s in ready-made hamburgers in fast food restaurants and school lunches.  In case you haven’t yet heard about it, pink slime refers to a product added to ground beef that is made from random unlabeled parts of cows (trimmings that used to be primarily used for pet food) that is heated and spun in a centrifuge to separate the fat and then treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill off any e coli and salmonella bacteria.  What comes out is something that looks like pink mousse.  I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t even qualify as food to me.

And if it bothers you to eat this questionable product, not to mention supporting this kind of food manipulation, then I’m happy to say we have local farms that raise their animals humanely on open pastures without the use of hormones and antibiotics.  And when we buy their meats, we’re not only giving ourselves healthy food, but we’re supporting sustainable farming instead of promoting factory farming and meat production.

Here are some of our local sources for real meat:

Meadow Harvest Farm: 100% grass-fed beef and lamb.

Deck Family Farm: 100% grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork, pastured chicken, turkey, lamb, and goat.

Nuts About Berries Farm: pastured lamb, turkey, chicken

Full of Life Farm: 100% grass-fed beef, pasture raised chicken, pork, turkey, goat, and lamb.

Heritage Farms NW: 100% grass-fed beef, pastured pork and chicken.

Square Peg Farm: pasture-raised hogs

La Mancha Ranch and Orchard: grass-fed beef

And for more information on local meat and farms, see the Portland Meat Collective.

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2 Responses to The antidote to Pink Slime–local, grass-fed beef

  1. Jackie says:

    You didn’t mention La Cense Beef. That’s where I get my Grass Fed Beef. You should add them to your list. I just placed an order from their fall catalog. Check them out.

  2. lorrainemt says:

    Hi Jackie, thanks for stopping by my blog. I haven’t heard of La Cense Beef, and it’s good to see such a huge ranch producing grass-fed beef. But they are located in Montana, and I prefer to stay as local as possible. I believe that keeping as much of our economy as local as we can helps make our communities more sustainable. So to that end, I try to post links to farms that are within the Portland, Oregon foodshed. We are lucky to have so many options here–I know that’s not the case for many communities.

    I appreciate your feedback and hope to see you back here again.

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