A number of months ago I posted a rant here about grocery store meats and how I dislike them. Grocers sell ýoung meat’ or meat that hasn’t been left to age. And that’s the best case scenario. Often enough they actually add water to meake the weight and therefor the price, go up.

Last Saturday I wanted to fry some Canadian bacon and eggs. After a minute or 2 or 3 the bacon was cooking in water, even though I’d put the bacon into a dry pan. It wasn’t until I drained off the water, that I was able to brown the bacon. It then occurred to me that I should check the ingredient list. It stated: Pork (87%), water, salt, bunch-of-additives.

How can bacon be anything less than 99.9 percent pork?

I got fed up and decided to go to a butcher instead of a grocery store for my meat that day. It cost me more money and an extra trip out of the house (I get my groceries somewhere else and always on Sunday). but boy was it worth it.

I told the butcher I was new to his store (first time I went there since the move). He proceeded to cut meats for me, exactly the way I wanted them. He also gave me some freebies (expensive freebies, actually) because he considered those his specialty, and thought I needed to try them. My dad already tried the beef spread and said it was really, very good!

Today our brand-spanking-new barbecue arrived. I’d ordered it online. I knew which one I wanted and they had a good deal. It was supposed to arrive last Saturday (which is why we took turns staying home all day) and it never showed. This morning I called and they said tomorrow. My dad just let me know it arrived (he’s spending a couple of days with us.)

I have no idea what the logic of this company is supposed to be, but I’m happy it arrived. I can’t wait to give it a test run and eat some flame-grilled foods again! Yumm!!


One Response to Butcher and barbecue

  1. Hafed says:

    If theree28099s one thing Ie28099ve learned in 13 years of raw fenideg, ite28099s that no two raw-feeders ever feed exactly the same diet . Over the years I have fed a variety of raw meats to my dogs including turkey, chicken, rabbit, beef, fish, bison, elk, lamb, and yes, pork.None of my dogs have had trouble with any of the meats except for my senior girl, who began to have trouble digesting beef by the time she was twelve or thirteen.I do agree about not fenideg fat, and I buy the leanest cuts of meat I can find. There are very lean cuts of pork available these days, with no marbling and no fat at all except for a rind on the outside of the meat which can easily be cut off and discarded.Not saying here that just because my dogs are doing well with this type of variety necessarily means it must hold true for all dogs. Every dog is different, and every raw feeder needs to be observant, see what their dogs like and dislike, adjust what they are fenideg for the best digestion, and hedge their bets by scheduling regular health screens with a good veterinarian.My dogs are active, not overweight, and have complete health screens twice a year including bloodwork and urinalysis that always show values within the normal ranges.I done28099t eat meat myself other than chicken or turkey maybe a couple times a month so it was a bit of a struggle for me to decide whether or not to feed it to my dogs. But in the end I decided it was my responsibility to feed what was best for them.And after all, before I was a raw feeder I fed processed dog food. And I wouldne28099t eat that myself, either.Kathy B

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