I hope this story goes through your head the next time you buy a package of cheap sausage. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/hormel-spam-pig-brains-disease While I understand that not all of us are sausagemakers, those of us who are take pride in what we make because it is typically the opposite of the mass produced garbage that sits on the shelves of our local super grocery store. I also know Mother Jones has a political slant to their stories but there is a basic truth that many of us ignore.
This Why Us Homemade Sausage Makers Are Different
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I don't ignore believe me. I just can't fit pigs and cows in my apartment and I'm not going vegan. So this is my choice.
I am indeed unique. Just like everybody else. ;o)
I had typed out a long and rambling rant that I am oh so capable of but I will save it. I am not a tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination... I guess I need to stop before I type out that rant again.
I am in the same boat. My HOA would not look kindly on me raising my own livestock. But I do know I can vote with my dollars...
So Solar, where do you get your sausage meat? I mean how do you know it's not the same meat that is packaged in the store? With all the branding out there by the super chains it's a big % that's it's all the same lineage. What's your thought's on this?
In the past I have purchased from local restaurant supply places and business merchants. Of late I have been visiting local farms and procuring from them. It isn't any cheaper and in fact I am paying a 30 - 50 cent premium in most cases but not all. The bellies I have curing now came from a farm 10 miles from my house. For 58lbs it ran me roughly $1.99/lbs which is still an exceptional deal for organic. I had to wait 4 weeks before they were ready to pick up. That is probably not the answer either of you were expecting but I am willing to put my money where my mouth is.
Please, post it.
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Joel that is a good article. My uncles boss has a big farm and he told me i could have some livestock. Should be getting a pig in the next few weeks to keep out there. I'm excited to raise my own pig, and I will know what he has been fed!
As it should be.
They are bought like any commodity. But because it is a commodity there is pressure to produce a cheaper product to remain competitive and still realize a substantial profit to please shareholders. But I don't think the ends justify the means.
I just got back from a vacation and want to wait a little while before I have to take another one. :)
Read the article. I am not implying the author is 100% correct in their assertions but we have all seen it across nearly every large industry and throughout gov't and it seems to be getting worse instead of better.
Huh? I am not against the slaughtering of animals for food if that is what you are implying. If I had the means I would do it myself. The last few books I have purchased have been specifically about butchering animals.
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Meateater I believe he answered that in post #10
"Of late I have been visiting local farms and procuring from them. It isn't any cheaper and in fact I am paying a 30 - 50 cent premium in most cases but not all. The bellies I have curing now came from a farm 10 miles from my house. For 58lbs it ran me roughly $1.99/lbs which is still an exceptional deal for organic. I had to wait 4 weeks before they were ready to pick up. That is probably not the answer either of you were expecting but I am willing to put my money where my mouth is."