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robertplattbell 01 January 2010 05:09 PM

New Yorker Article on Poutine
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MichiganGirl (Post 44528)
What's poutine?

Michigan "sounds like poultry" Girl


It started as a joke dish, like Rochester's "garbage plate". But then people started taking it seriously.

See Calvin Trillin's New Yorker Article about Poutine

I've had it in Nova Scotia. We ordered a "small portion" and it was enough to feed four people. Crinkle cut french fries, meat gravy and peas. It varies from place to place though.

snopes 03 January 2010 07:02 PM

Comment: My sister-in-law is a trucker. She transports all kinds of most
interesting cargoes. She told me a story recently, that I just had to
investigate to see if it was possibly true.

Well, much to my disappointment, IT WAS TRUE!!!

She recently transported barrels of LARD for MacDonald's restaurants. Her
friend brought in barrels of MEALWORMS.

She asked her friend (a veteran trucker) what they were for, and was told
that these are mixed together into the burgers served at MacDonalds.

NO REALLY???

Apparently, the mealworms are high in protein and thus are considered
acceptable to serve. Plus they are prolific breeders, so they are
plentiful for the high consumer demand.

NO WAY, I thought!!

Well, lo and behold, I didn't have to go very far doing some basic
research on the mealworm ... starting with Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mealworm

"They can be purchased at most pet stores and bait shops. They are also
available via mail order and via internet suppliers (by the thousand).
Mealworms are typically sold in a container with bran or oatmeal for food.

Mealworms are also used as food additives. Two large consumers of
mealworms are McDonalds and Taco Bell. Mixed with burger meat they are
excellent meat fillers."


OH GROSSSS!!!

Connie went on to explain that the TRADEMARK (all-beef) name, gets them
off the hook to actually provide real beef. You can trademark anything,
and apparently that exempts you from actually using the described product.

Okay, Connie, you were right.

NO MORE MacDONALD's or TACO BELL FOR ME!!!

BringTheNoise 03 January 2010 07:23 PM

Would you belive that the bit about McDonalds isn't on Wiki now? And doesn't appear to be in the history of the page?

I'm still confused as to why so many people are so convinced that McDonalds or what have you don't use real beef/chicken/etc. Yes, the prices are fairly cheap but they're not THAT cheap.

Singing in the Drizzle 03 January 2010 09:03 PM

Quote:

NO WAY, I thought!!

Well, lo and behold, I didn't have to go very far doing some basic
research on the mealworm ... starting with Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mealworm

"They can be purchased at most pet stores and bait shops. They are also
available via mail order and via internet suppliers (by the thousand).
Mealworms are typically sold in a container with bran or oatmeal for food.
I found this part on the web paged linked. How ever I see nothing about the part below.

Quote:

Mealworms are also used as food additives. Two large consumers of
mealworms are McDonalds and Taco Bell. Mixed with burger meat they are
excellent meat fillers."


The closest they came to mealworms in food was.

Quote:

Mealworms have been incorporated into tequila flavored novelty candies. However, mealworms are not traditionally served in tequila or mezcal drinks, the latter sometimes containing a larval moth (Hypopta agavis).
Personally I have no problem with mealworms or even lard used in foods. I just think it should be labeled like everything else.

snopes 03 January 2010 09:08 PM

Quote:

Mealworms are typically sold in a container with bran or oatmeal for food.
I assume this means that live mealworms are typically sold in containers that include bran or oatmeal as a food supply for the worms during their time in transit, and someone is trying to interpret it as meaning that bran and oatmeal sold for human consumption typically include mealworms.

snopes 12 January 2010 04:19 PM

Comment: I heard that taco bell uses meal worms in their beef, that they
had to adverstise they were increasing the amount of it that it uses..

Singing in the Drizzle 12 January 2010 05:28 PM

I sure hope they get them a lot cheaper then you find mealworms on the net for. Twenty dollars a pounds is not cheap filler.

snopes 13 January 2010 05:33 AM

Comment: I heard a rumor that Taco Bell uses some kind of "liquid meat"
that solidifies into little meat chunks when heated.

I don't understand the chemistry of it, but from a practical standpoint it
doesn't sound like a cost saving measure, since the liquid meat goo would
weigh more (therefore cost more to ship) than in it's solid meat form.

kitap 15 January 2010 10:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 1132567)
Comment: I heard a rumor that Taco Bell uses some kind of "liquid meat"
that solidifies into little meat chunks when heated.

I don't understand the chemistry of it, but from a practical standpoint it
doesn't sound like a cost saving measure, since the liquid meat goo would
weigh more (therefore cost more to ship) than in it's solid meat form.

Things definitely might have changed but when I left Taco Bell in 1996 they used boil in a bag meat- precooked and seasoned and you just cooked the plastic bag for X number of minutes in boiling water- 30, I think- until it reached temperature. The combination of the seasoning- which when we used to make it ourselves way back when we cooked the meat ourselves had oatmeal listed as a thickening agent- and the fat made it look rather liquidy when it was freshly cooked, but really it was about the same consistency as the taco meat you make at home.

RCIAG 15 January 2010 03:54 PM

Wouldn't liquid meat (if there is such a thing) be, I dunno, not meat-y-like when it solidified?

Assilem Brandywine 16 January 2010 04:34 AM

I never got the rumor about McDonald's food never rotting. If that's true, then how come the Dumpster behind McDonald's smells like, well, a Dumpster?

Roadsterboy 16 January 2010 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kitap (Post 1134504)
Things definitely might have changed but when I left Taco Bell in 1996 they used boil in a bag meat.

A friend of mine used to insist that Taco Bell had a "meat tube" for dispensing the meat for tacos-she described it as being similar to the hose from a vacuum, with a nozzle on the end that you squirted the meat out of and into the shells. She claimed that the meat was filled from big bags-at least I know she's partially right!

-RB

(or do they really dispense taco meat from a tube? I thought they used a scoop?)

kitap 22 January 2010 12:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Roadsterboy (Post 1135703)
A friend of mine used to insist that Taco Bell had a "meat tube" for dispensing the meat for tacos-she described it as being similar to the hose from a vacuum, with a nozzle on the end that you squirted the meat out of and into the shells. She claimed that the meat was filled from big bags-at least I know she's partially right!

-RB

(or do they really dispense taco meat from a tube? I thought they used a scoop?)

When I was there it was a pie knife. Like this, only no frilly edge. The beans were scooped with a scooper, though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Forgotten Fay (Post 1139053)
I've been taught that squeaky cheese curds = fresh. And they are the yum!

~*F. Fay

They only squeak when they are fresh, and they are beyond delicious. Though the deep-fried ones at the Lincoln County Fair in Wisconsin are sinfully delicious.

stoolie 24 January 2010 06:59 PM

As far as the authenticity of local beef in McDs burgers, we recently started getting certified Angus patties here in New Zealand. I have a friend at the slaughterhouse who said that they got inspected prior to the contract being awarded. When an Angus run is done for McDonalds, they have to completly close down the killing chain, clean every surface and change tools so that there is no cross contamination from regular beef to the certified Angus cattle. He also mentioned that a McDonalds representative takes tissue samples at the farm and the abbatoir and confirms that the meat is from the designated suppliers.

The boxes indicate that the beef is certified Angus breed, and may be from either Australia or New Zealand.

Do they have this variant in other countries?

snopes 24 January 2010 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Assilem Brandywine (Post 1135306)
I never got the rumor about McDonald's food never rotting. If that's true, then how come the Dumpster behind McDonald's smells like, well, a Dumpster?

Because waste items other than prepared food products also go into the Dumpster.

snopes 02 October 2010 12:14 AM

Comment: This isn't a new rumor, however I am quite surprised that it
hasn't been addressed. I have heard over the past few years that
McDonald's puts anti-nauseants in their food. I can't imagine that this
would get FDA approval, but I would like to get a definitive answer. Is
this true?

snopes 13 October 2010 04:39 AM

Comment: I heard that McDonald's cows do not have arms or legs, they are
suspended in the air and just eat until they are mature enough to be
harvested for only beef. Is this True?

Floater 13 October 2010 06:17 AM

I have never seen a cow with arms (but I might be mistaken).

Singing in the Drizzle 13 October 2010 06:26 AM

For some reason I can not see McDonald's going to all that extra trouble and extra expense for their burgers.

snopes 17 January 2011 07:38 PM

Comment: I just heard a rumor that McDonald's puts additives in food to
make you excited about their food or to get you hooked on their food.

snopes 17 January 2011 07:39 PM

It's true. The additive is called "cheese."

Johnny Slick 17 January 2011 08:38 PM

:rolleyes: Typical lib response, forgetting - or dare I say purposefully leaving out??? - bacon. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

GenYus234 17 January 2011 08:50 PM

Link
Quote:

The largest second dairy product manufacturer of Argentina is going to be managed by Adecoagro, a local company owned by financier George Soros.
Follow the money and you will find the reason for snope's pro-cheese agenda.

JoeBentley 23 January 2011 02:39 AM

Class action lawsuit filed over Taco Bell's definition of "beef."
 
An Alabama law firm is filing a class action lawsuit against Taco Bell, claiming that the fast food chain's taco filling does not meat the FDA requirements to be called "beef."

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=13885025

kitap 23 January 2011 08:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JoeBentley (Post 1394653)
An Alabama law firm is filing a class action lawsuit against Taco Bell, claiming that the fast food chain's taco filling does not meat the FDA requirements to be called "beef."

Quote:

The document lists water, "Isolated Oat Product," wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate as well as beef and seasonings.
When I first started working at Taco Bell we had to make meat the old-fashioned way: cook it with taco seasoning- the taco seasoning was powder mixed with water. What I quoted was pretty much the ingredients for the taco seasoning mix. Why in heck I remember this I have no idea, but I do. Now that the meat is boil in a bag it comes precooked and pre-seasoned, so the guy is objecting to the seasoning.

snopes 23 January 2011 07:40 PM

Comment: There is rumor that Mcdonalds purchased a meat company called
All-Beef. This allows them the ability to still use the term "all beef
patties" but use 20% meat and 80% soy product in their burgers.

snopes 23 January 2011 07:41 PM

Quote:

This allows them the ability to still use the term "all beef
patties" but use 20% meat and 80% soy product in their burgers.
Too bad Taco Bell didn't catch on to that scheme quickly enough ...

snopes 25 January 2011 03:58 AM

Comment: Rumor: McDonalds owns a company called "100% beef" or "100% Pure
Beef"; hence, they claim their meat is 100% beef because they are
referring to the company.
Sites that support this rumor also make claim the documentary "Super Size
Me" states and is a fact; this site and others imply the rumor isn't true
but don't come state it clearly.

snopes 06 February 2011 05:36 AM

Comment: I heard from a friend of mine that works for them that because of
customer complaints, In-n-Out Burger does not give out on customer
receipts the number "69" they go from 68 to 70. Also In-n-Out will round
up to $6.67 if a customer total equals $6.66! Is this true?

snopes 01 March 2011 07:48 PM

Comment: A friend told me a rumor about a couple of fast food restaurants
in the town of Piteå, Sweden, where we both live. She claimed that at
these places they had secret items that were not on the menu but that you
could order if you knew a secret key-word. At one place ordering a "skryx"
(a combination of a "skrovmål", a standard hamburger meal, and a "lyxmål",
a luxury hamburger meal) would get you a combo of them both, meaning quite
a lot of food. At the other place ordering a "skrovzone" would get you a
"skrovmål" baked into a calzone pizza. She didn't know if this was true
and neither of us have tried ordering these things but it seems like an
interesting phenomenon that probably exists in many other places.
Rejoicing in gluttony has after all for a long time been a part of human
society, and now in our western societies is unfortunately part of our
everyday vices.

Floater 02 March 2011 09:19 AM

Why would these be called "secret key-words"? They sound more like local specialties that aren't on the menu, but can be put together when asked for.

Troberg 02 March 2011 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 1417449)
Comment: A friend told me a rumor about a couple of fast food restaurants in the town of Piteå, Sweden, where we both live.

Sounds like it's the Max chain. Should be easy enough to test the next time I'm in one of their restaurants, we have one in my town (which is not Piteå, which I'm immensely happy for). I'll report back when I've tried it.

Floater 03 March 2011 08:44 AM

Could be Frasses as well, but not McDonalds.

Troberg 17 March 2011 07:09 AM

OK, I've tried it, and they just looked at me in a funny way.

I did order the separate meals and made my own Skryx, however. It was a truly epic hamburger, the kind of hamburger that poets in the future will write poems about. I didn't have my camera with me, though, and forgot that I can also take photos with my phone, so you can't see how epic it was.

Hmm, come to think of it, now there is a certain risk that the legend was false, but by trying it, I made it true as the staff is now aware of this truly epic pinnacle of culinary craftsmanship and artistry...

snopes 17 March 2011 03:47 PM

Comment: There was a story on the news a while back about a family
(Mother, Father, Son, and Daughter) who decided to eat at a KFC
restaurant. They ordered a bucket of chicken and proceeded to eat their
meal when the mother, upon biting into a drumstick, discovered that the
chicken was infested with internal maggots. I didn't see this story on
your site so I decided to submit it. If you end up using it be sure to fix
my spelling errors and stuff I'd appreciate it. Ha

snopes 24 March 2011 08:34 PM

Comment: A friend of mine was in a culinary school at a local University
and did a paper on the use of meal worms as a low cost supplement to
meats. His research led him to the fact that Wendy's and others use a
small percentage of meal worms in their ground beef. This is part of the
reason the patties are so light colored before cooking. My research
showed me it is fact that meal worms are very high protein and safe for
human consumption when properly raised and cared for. I can not seem to
verify that Wendy's uses meal worms and am requesting an answer from you
if possible.

snopes 11 February 2012 07:36 PM

Comment: I heard that when Col Sanders was alive, even after he had sold
KFC, that he would visit KFC restaurants at random and if he was
displeased with the gravy, he would order the restaurant closed. Is this
true?

snopes 10 July 2012 08:01 PM

Comment: So I saw on a twitter feed that if you go to a
Wendy's and say "I'm not from this area. I'm lost and don't have any
money.", they will give you free food per company policy. Do you know if
there's any truth to this "fact"?

snopes 14 July 2012 01:34 AM

Comment: Is it true that Pspsi lost the opportunity to land the McDonalds
Restaurant worldwide account because a Pepsi representative did not want
to speak with a McDonalds executive on the weekend?

snopes 18 July 2012 08:52 PM

Comment: I've heard that the milk McDonalds serves with it's Happy Meals
is labeled (on the batch packaging) "Grade F - unfit for human
consumption." This information came to me directly from someone who works
at McDonalds, whom I know to be truthful. Could he possibly just be
confused or is this true?


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