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.