Monday, August 14, 2006

Mechanically Separated Turkey?

HUH? That's exactly what I said when I turned over the package of "these ought to be better for us" turkey franks to check out the nutritional info and calculate WW points. Mechanically separated turkey? I don't want to go there. When I was a kid, my gram used to make turkey roll. She could get the skin of a turkey in one complete piece. She would then remove all the meat from the bones, tuck it into the flattened piece of skin and roll it into a nice 5-6" diameter roast. Mmmm. It was the best of both worlds - a bit of white meat, a bit of dark and no bones to mess with. She used to do this for my senior class when we did our fall turkey dinner fundraiser.

I seriously doubt that diligent little women are separating the turkey used in these turkey franks though. Except for the too-high sodium content, I was familiar with most of the ingredients, which were few actually. I just can't get past that mechanically separated turkey. What's next - nuclear tomatoes?

4 comments:

Barb said...

Thank you for stopping by my place the other day. Your remark about thinking feng shui was something growing INSIDE the fridge cracked me up.

I see this "mechanically separated" thing on all kinds of meat these days. It is a little disconcerting. Are they trying to warn us there's not a human actually watching what's going into the product we're about to buy?

Eeewwww. I don't even want to think about it.

Stacy said...

Ewww, apparently I'm not reading my labels very closely. Off to check out the Healthy Choice turkey franks in my fridge. That's a bit disconcerting...

Susanne said...

Your gram is one talented lady! I'd love to know how to do that. Maybe you could post step by step instructions complete with pictures! Just a suggestion. :)

Islandsparrow said...

My husband was raised in a butcher's household - he won't even TOUCH hot dogs...