Slater’s 50/50 Unveils a 100% Ground Bacon Burger

Slater’s 50/50 Debuts a 100% Ground Bacon Burger

In New York Mayor Bloomberg has banned soft drinks over 16 ounces.  At the same moment Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50 (named after its signature burger patty that blends 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon) has rolled out their new burger of the month.  It’s called the ‘Merica Burger.  It is made of 100% ground bacon.  That is not a typo.  It’s topped with bacon.  And an egg.  And “bacon island” (what a resort that sounds like) dressing.  Oh and the cheese is bacon cheddar cheese.

Slater’s 50/50 Debuts a 100% Ground Bacon BurgerIf you’d like to feel your arteries slam shut you need to get there before the end of July.  If you’re wondering what else this burger skunkworks has created, past months have included a Pulled Pork Burger, a Chorizo Burger, an Orange Chicken Burger, a Lamb Burger and a Chili Cheese Frito Burger.

Think of this as the Heart Attack Grille North.

Food Recall – Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat Product

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductBridgeton, New Jersey based Buona Vita, Inc is recalling 324,770 pounds of frozen ground meat product due to possible Listeria contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Saturday.  The USDA considers the health risks related to the recall “high.”

The recall includes ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced in May, including meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loaves of chicken and beef, the agency said in a written statement.

According to the Buona Vita website, the company produces 200,000 pounds of meatballs a day.  General Manager Blake Christy responded to the recall.

“There have been no reports of any injury or illness….The company produces a large amount of product, and this recall is a part of a precautionary measure by the company to protect its customers.  We need to go through everything we need to go through as a part of our quality control”

The recall was voluntary and the scope of the recall was to ensure that no possibly tainted product can get to consumers.

“This is our choice,” Christy remarked.

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductThe contamination was discovered through routine testing by the FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  There have been no reports of illness related to the company’s products.

Listeria bacteria thrive in low temperatures.  Outbreaks are usually associated with deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses and smoked refrigerated seafood products.  Listeriosis has a long incubation period, with symptoms sometimes not showing up until two months after people consume tainted foods.  Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Gestation Crates From Supplier Chain By 2022

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Gestation Crates From Supplier Chain By 2022

Gestation crates are an unfortunate practice among pork producers.  They’re small cages that keep pigs basically immobile.  So small are they that pregnant sows are completely unable to move.  That’s a sad existence for any animal.  There’s been a movement of late for states to ban the practice (most recently my old home state of Rhode Island) and producers to phase out suppliers using them.Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Gestation Crates From Supplier Chain By 2022

Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods brand, has joined the ranks of several other major food companies, pledging to source its pork from suppliers that don’t use the cruel crates.  Their timeline isn’t exactly blistering but given the logistics of large supply chains we’d venture to say any improvement on this score is a good one.  Over the next 10 years the company will phase out suppliers and by 2022 they will be gestation crate-free.

“At Oscar Mayer, we believe quality meat begins with quality animal care. We are committed to finding better ways to keep animals healthy and in a safe environment while treating them with respect,” – Sydney Lindner, the Associate Director of Oscar Mayer Corporate Affairs in a press release.

The Humane Society, who has been very active working with major food companies to eliminate the crates, applauded the move.  Paul Shapiro, the Humane Society’s vice president of farm animal protection, believes that Oscar Meyer’s decision “sends a strong message to pork industry leaders who are resisting change.”

McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Hormel, Denny’s, Safeway, and Compass Foods are among manufacturers who’ve already made similar moves, pledging to phase out suppliers who maintain the practice in similar time frames.  Kraft is the second largest food supplier in the world, so the move is not insignificant.

Listeria Cantaloupe Lawsuits Against Jensen Farms Move Forward: Farm Files For Bankruptcy

Listeria Cantaloupe Lawsuits Against Jensen Farms Move Forward: Farm Files For BankruptcyThe Colorado farm that was traced to a Listeria outbreak in cantaloupe last year has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  That’s made way for the flurry of lawsuits that have been filed to move forward.

The outbreak was blamed for at least 30 deaths.  Lawyers say that could be as high as 36.  It infected 146 people in 28 states.  It is the deadliest food born outbreak in 25 years.  Old and hard-to-clean equipment at Jensen Farms in conjunction with standing pools of dirty water on the floor were most likely the genesis of the outbreak. Continue reading

Keep Tiger Prawns (Jumbo Shrimp) Off Your Plate

Keep Tiger Prawns (Jumbo Shrimp) Off Your PlateShrimp are fantastic.  Prawns are even better because it means you’re in England.  I love a nice bed of rice with a giant shrimp prawn sitting on top.  Feels rich.  Look at me – I’m king dammit!  Only there’s a problem.  There’s always a problem.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (can you imagine those member meetings?) wants you to know all about the negative effects of giant prawn farming on the environment.  Apparently it’s a horror show for just about everything involved, start to finish.  There’s antibiotics, pollution, chemical cocktails (there are 155 possible chemicals used in Thailand to farm shrimp….155!), mangrove destruction…everything short of the wholesale invasion of Poland.  Boo.  Even “organic” shrimp is supposed to be nothing of the sort.  I try to be fairly hardcore about where my food is coming from but I’d never given much thought to shrimp.  I suppose I will now.  Time to find whatever wild caught shrimp is available the next time it comes across my dinner plate.  Check out the short video below, it outlines the broad strokes of the whole thing.

Vintage Weight Watchers Recipe Cards From 1974 – So Awful You Won’t Eat

I’m a big fan of old cookbooks.  I can’t tell you how many strange little church or community produced recipe books I’ve collected over the years.  It’s a lot.  I love to see the trends and popular “in” food for the period.  These cards are just strictly horrible.  I’m almost at a loss.  It’s been almost 40 years since these left the printing press and thankfully in the ensuing decades Weight Watchers idea of dieting is a lot less scary.

Vintage Weight Watchers Recipe Cards From 1974 - So Awful You Won't Eat

 

Take a close look at this thing.  It’s not really salad…it’s a jellied salad.  So that whole thing is one gelatinous mass.

Aspics and jellies seemed to have been a big deal in the 70′s.  I’m glad I scraped out of that decade on baby food.

The fake vaguely ceramic mushrooms forced to watch this horrible debacle have my sincerest sympathy.  Avert your eyes baby mushrooms!

 

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