Pink Slime: Which Markets Sell It and What it Actually Tastes Like
Because of the newfound public interest in the issue, The Daily has compiled a list of supermarkets that sell "lean finely textured beef" (aka pink slime) and supermarkets that don't. Avoiding the slime may not keep you any safer (remember, all red meat is terrible for you, anyway), but the information is good to know.
First, the unadulterated burger. The aroma was luscious. The meat was juicy, tender and nicely seared. Where I'd cut, juices slowly dribbled out onto the plate, collecting in a pool. The taste was savory and meaty, with big beefy flavor. The chew had just the right texture, substantial but giving. Basically, everything you would want in a burger.The pink slime burger also was perfectly seared and drew me in with an equally alluring aroma. But no juices collected on the plate. Or dribbled out. Or were apparent in the meat in really any way. The taste was - OK. I took another taste of the first burger, then back to the pink slime burger.It was not bad. But nor was it good. It was flat. I added more salt. No. It was simply one-dimensional.And then there was the texture. Unpleasantly chewy bits of what I can only describe as gristle, though they were not visible, seemed to stud the meat of the pink slime burger. The result was a mealy chew that, while not overtly unpleasant, didn't leave me wanting another bite.Of course, I did take another bite. In the interest of good journalism, I ate both burgers entirely. And then I felt sick. I'm confident that has nothing to do with slime of any sort.
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