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Old 06-01-2011, 10:49 PM   #1
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Grrr...major chain store wrapped old hamburger with new

What upset me was that this was a major supermarket chain around my county (Ralph's). I had all the ingredients for something requiring ground beef. I thawed it and went to crumble it for the recipe. It was old grey hamburger inside with a thin veneer of fresh red hamburger wrapped around it.

Since it's a major chain...what prompted their butcher to hide old hamburger. That directive must have come from his manager in that store.
He's only a butcher there. There's no incentive for him to do that.

I wish I could talk to the manager of whoever that guy was that told his butcher to wrap old beef with new beef (if he/she wasn't a party to it) and get his ass fired.

It ruined that evenings meal plan already underway.

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Old 06-01-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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It's fairly common for a fresh package of hamburger meat to have a bright red exterior (caused by exposure to air) and a brownish interior. That on it's own is not a sign of old meat.


Q Why is the center of ground beef sometimes brown in color? A In steaks and roasts packaged in overwrap film, the color of the outside of the cut is bright red. Within the cut, it is purple because there is no oxygen to cause the meat to "bloom" (term used in industry to signify the conversion from the purple state to the red state in the presence of oxygen).
In making ground beef, some air is introduced in the grinding process. When ground beef is packaged in overwrap film, plenty of oxygen is available to generate the bright red color of lean on the surface. Because there is some, but not too enough oxygen deep within the product, it causes the meat to turn brown. When the product is allowed to come in contact with oxygen, it usually will bloom to the bright red color like the surface.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:14 PM   #3
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OK...I suppose. I usually don't see a mass of grey meat in the center of most 1 lb. packages of ground beef I buy.

If you don't mind...I reserve some suspicions.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:27 PM   #4
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i never, ever buy meat at ralph's. was disappointed to many times. vons is my choice. would like to buy at albertsons , but can't afford it.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:49 PM   #5
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i never, ever buy meat at ralph's. was disappointed to many times. vons is my choice. would like to buy at albertsons , but can't afford it.
Not to exclude others from around the world talking about our local major chain supermarket here, but during that same shopping trip at Ralph's, I bought a head of lettuce that was all discolored inside, I mean badly aged inside.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:41 AM   #6
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In the bigger scheme and everything...maybe just a thing that happened. Maybe the lettuce got to that store late, maybe the groundbeef needs airing....

I've noticed there are two types of hamburgers shown on shelves in store wrapped 1-2 lb packs.
1.One major store you can tell their hamburger for sale has been thru a meat grinder. You can see the meat ground meat.
2.Another major chain sells store ground beef hamburger that is almost "homogenized" looking.

My conspiracy theory is that you can hide bad hamburger in #2.


Nah...too much trouble. But damn...that aired out hamburger didn't make me want to enthusiastically go ahead. Grey hamburger.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:36 AM   #7
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gray meat is also a sign of ammonia treatment to kill bacteria, (factory process) but that is unlikely in store ground meat.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:37 AM   #8
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Since it was commented on, if the higher priced stores give you better quality, it's a bargain...you throw out less waste, getting more for your money. It could be cheaper actually.
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:58 PM   #9
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that might hold true for meat and produce. but not for the everyday stuff, canned goods, brand ice cream. etc. besides vons has on line shopping and they deliver to my house, bring it in and separate perishables from staples. cost 7.00 on average for delivery. i have over $400 worth coming tomorrow. won't have to buy again for a month. well maybe milk. i don't drive so buying at more than one store, is simply not viable. you have a good point , however.
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:59 PM   #10
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This is why I buy all my meat from Omaha Steaks, all my seafood from a local fish monger, and all my produce from local farmer's produce stands.

Last week I opened a package of smoked salmon from Omaha Steaks. After removing the top slice, I found that there was a dark streak all along the top of every slice, but what really pissed me off was the first slice had been folded under to hide this streak! I sent an e-mail to Omaha Steaks telling them, not at all nicely, how disappointed I was. Within hours I received a return e-mail telling me that the entire cost of 2 boxes of smoked salmon, three 4oz packages per box, was being charged back to my credit card.
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