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Old 01-25-2010, 12:40 AM   #21
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Ok.. so this person I worked with was in Mexico and he asked a street vendor for a taco. When he got it he asked where the tomatos and lettuce was and the vendor smiled and said "ahhh, taco bell".
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:38 AM   #22
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You may be right! I hadn't heard of that before so I did some research on Google and found this article in The New York Times.

Not sure I want to eat fast food ground beef anymore
Yes, as opposed to another poster who will remain unnamed, I wasn't just making up what I was reporting. The sad thing is that it's not just fast food, but also in schools, as well. But that's another topic.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:06 AM   #23
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I asked my wife, who's first job was at Taco Bell, how they made the meat.
NOW, it comes in pre-cooked in a boil-in-the-bag.

Back in the day, the ground beef (which she said arrived with USDA inspection
stickers), was dumped in a big cooker and the spice mix was dumped in with it.
The meat was then cooked until done, stirring often.
She said there was a contraption that was used to squeeze the rendered grease
from the meat, then it was moved to the service line bins.

So perhaps part of the Taco Bell difference is that the spices are cooked into the
meat, instead of added later. I will be experimenting with this method next taco
night. :)

I remember that Taco Bell was my sister's first job too, back in 1976, when they
wrote your order on a wipe off board. I remember that every now and then she
would bring home special creations made after the place closed.... so I had a
Burrito Supreme and Nachos years before they hit the menu board, LOLOL!
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:25 AM   #24
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Alix: " ...and honestly if I am going to put fast food in me and I arrive there, KFC wins everytime."

Alix, I'm a two fisted eater - A chicken leg in one hand and a taco in the other!!!
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:32 AM   #25
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Now why hasn't taco bell and kfc found a way to make a fried chicken taco?
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:32 AM   #26
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coz its accessible..almost every where u go in the States there is a taco bell somewhere and you really just gotta to have that Mexican food fix from time to time
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There has been a lot of media about these fast food restaurants using ground beef that is soaked in ammonia to get rid of the e-coli. Perhaps the ammonia is the flavor that people have become addicted to.
Velo, it's not just fast food ground beef. It is now ALL ground beef sold in supermarkets that you don't SEE being ground. Sad but true. Seems it's just to economically convenient for the supermarket chains and big box stores to resist. If you haven't seen the movie "Food, Inc." I highly recommend it.
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hmmm. All I find from mainstream news outlets (NY Times) is a few articles that some fatty beef products are treated with ammonia. I can't find anything that supports ALL ground beef being soaked in ammonia........
I'd like to read up on that, do you have any links to mainstream articles, ChefJune?
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hmmm. All I find from mainstream news outlets (NY Times) is a few articles that some fatty beef products are treated with ammonia. I can't find anything that supports ALL ground beef being soaked in ammonia........
I'd like to read up on that, do you have any links to mainstream articles, ChefJune?
Like I said earlier, see the movie Food, Inc. Read Michael Pollan. It IS documented. Just like the battery chickens.
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Good food, safe food, costs money. To grow it right, raise it right, sell it fresh, is not going to be a "bargain". But you get what you pay for. Find a good butcher, a pastured animal farm, whatever, and start buying from them. Kosher butchers, Halal butchers, old world Italian or Mexican butchers. You can see and taste the difference.
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