The Best Home-Made Beef Burgers….
17th January 2013
Well I have to say I’m not entirely shocked at the news this week that burgers on sale in UK and Irish supermarkets contained up to 29% horse meat. The BBC say that ‘The burgers were on sale in Tesco and Iceland in the UK and Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland they were on sale in Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Aldi.’
Now whilst it’s unpleasant for many people to think that they have been unwittingly eating horse meat (potentially for years, the evidence seems to suggest), it certainly won’t kill you. In fact horse meat is routinely consumed in many countries around the world. And vegetarians raise a very good point by asking ‘how is horse meat any different to lamb’? And a very good point it is too!
The real issue here is the fact that the consumers who were buying these burgers didn’t know what they were eating. They weren’t given a choice. But then is anyone really surprised? It’s well documented that cheap processed meats often contains the less desirable parts of the meat – so when you read 62% beef (so just under half your burger is made of other things than beef!) it’s not necessarily the lovely fleshy rump that you would love to see on your plate. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.
To be honest, horse meat is the least of my worries when I think about eating a cheap processed piece burger/sausage/pie.
So what’s the alternative? Well the best one in my book is to buy the highest quality, fresh meat that you can afford, in an unprocessed form and then make your own burgers. And if this option works out a little more expensive remind yourself that we, as a nation, spend less on food today (11.3% of household spend (DEFRA – Family Food 2011) than we have at most other times in history. As an example in 1987 we spent around 13% of our household income on food (MAFF – National Food Survey 19997) This is surprising given that food prices started to rise in real terms in 2007.
What we put in our bodies to keep us energised, healthy and alive really needs to have more importance in our budgets and day to day lives. And if the budget is really tight it’s worth remember that until relatively recently meat was seen as a treat, not an everyday staple. So how about looking at some alternative meal options to keep the costs down, allowing you to buy the best quality food for you and your family? And don’t forget at the moment we’re throwing away a disgusting amount of food (Global Food, Waste Not, Want Not) so think about shopping smart – using lists and planning meal in order to save a few more pennies.
So to get you on the right track here’s a recipe for The Best Home-Made Burgers that will ensure you know exactly what’s in your food!