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It’s Time to Meet the Future of Meat

Real, Cultured, or Printed? Nowadays we’re accomplishing miracles in the laboratory. It started, of course, with successful cloning, but we’ve moved on to teasing immature stem cells into making all sorts of tissues, such as skin for burn victims, miniature versions of human organs (called organoids) to learn to treat disease, and actual functional organs for lab animals that fulfill the function of a natural organ. More interesting is something that was accomplished back in early 2015. Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital grew a complete rat forelimb in a petri dish . Fingers/claws, skin, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles all in the right place and functional. In theory, it could be attached to a subject and tested to see if nerve and blood vessels connections were reliable, and if the bones and connective tissue were durable. There is no reason that they shouldn’t be. Meat in a Lab Muscles, of course, are also referred to as meat, and would be fairly undifferentiated from a naturally occurring meat in texture or flavor. What would be the primary difference about meat made in a sterile laboratory? No animals would be slaughtered; there would be no parasites; there would be no fecal contamination; and, most importantly, there would be no antibiotics or growth hormones necessary. There would be no vast tracts of land necessary, dedicated for the use of our current herds of animals. There would be no concurrent crops necessary to feed all these animals as they grew to a size appropriate for the abattoir, and then the local meat market. There would be no need of veterinarian care for herds to treat diseases. It would eliminate animal suffering,because meat would not be sourced from animals at all.  In other words, by just about every popular definition, it would be completely Vegan meat. Of course there are always doubters; those who think meat is bad and artificial meat would be inadequate for some other reason.  It’s very much like people that protest Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods—it makes no sense–since everything in our diet is a GMO.  There is virtually nothing in our diet that has not been changed. Franken-Food Everybody loves corn for instance, but 8,700 years ago in Mexico it was known as teosinte, with just a few grains per stalk that would have easily fit on top of a 25¢ coin.  We crossbred many teosinte with more grains than other plants, and eventually came up with the “cob” that was dense with grain.  Yet no [...]

By |2019-03-15T00:24:31+00:00June 27th, 2017|3-D Pinting, Chicken, Corn, Environmental, Food, Meat, Poultry|0 Comments

About Chickens

Domesticated chickens have been around a long long time. They are thought to have come from China originally around 5300 BC from the wild Red Jungle Fowl. This has been confirmed by DNA analysis. A millennia of domestication has altered the species. Domesticated chickens appear in Pakistan about 2500 BC. Domesticated chickens appeared in Chile in the Americas around 1350 AD - which was long before the Spanish were there. It is believed they came from the Polynesian Islands about 3300 years ago. Many archaeologists believe that chickens were first domesticated not for eating but for cock fighting. Cockfighting was legal in Louisiana (the last state to ban it ) until 2008. Chickens were and still are a sacred animal in some cultures. Chickens accompanied Roman soldiers into battle and watched - a good apatite of the chicken insured a victorious battle was at hand. If the chickens did not eat then the Romans were sure to lose the battle. Chickens now of course are bred to be sold to us in the supermarket. Today chickens have increased body weight and increased large egg production. They are also about 25% fat. These are "broilers" - breeds that are plump and meaty. Today there has been arsenic found in chicken feed and a lot of today's domesticated chickens have a high degree of bacterial contamination according to Men's Health magazine. People today eat these chickens. Another problem is the cooking of the chicken itself. Many food establishments simply do not cook the chicken well enough. A pink color of the cooked chicken is bad - except, if it is smoked chicken and then that is okay. Yes, you can get food poisoning from under cooked or raw chicken from a bacteria called "Salmonella, Campylobacter or Staphylococcus aureus" - this can be fatalSalmonella typhi bacteria, can be passed from human handler to human handler and causes typhoid fever. Campylobacter can cause temporary paralysis. I have wanted to provide a little history here of the domesticated chicken. Eating red meat has more perils - but eating chicken has perils also. What we eat is each of our own individual decisions and what has been passed down to us. Many believe that eating chicken is not necessary and bad is for you, and unhealthy. The statement " if it had a mama and a papa " you should not be eating it has meaning to many. Chicken and turkey is served at a lot of the county and state fairs and [...]

By |2016-10-23T11:34:35+00:00March 4th, 2013|Chicken, Concessions, Food|0 Comments

Around the World with Chicken Wings

Well I have always believed that the United States is the home of chicken wings. I mean what’s more American than sitting down with a basket of crispy wings? Well it turns out that while we may be the spiritual home, different cultures are adding their own flavors. Here are three wing recipes that will give you a bit of international flair without leaving a basic American dish behind. Please try them all and enjoy. Actually I recommend making more than one recipe so that you can have a couple of great flavors at the same time. Chinese Chicken Wings Start with 18 or about 3 lbs of chicken wings Olive oil 3 green onions cut into 3” pieces ½ c. soy sauce 1/3 c. sherry ½ cup chicken broth (avoid too salty brands like Campbell’s) ¼ c. catsup 3 whole star anise seeds 2 T sugar ¼ t. ground ginger 1 large head iceberg lettuce, shredded. Cut the tips of the wings off at joint and discard. Then cut the remaining two sections at the joint. Heat oil in 5 qt. Dutch oven and sauté wings until golden. Add about 2/3 of the green onion pieces. Stir constantly. Reduce heat. Remove wings so as to pour off excess oil then return wings and onions to the pot. Add soy sauce, sherry, chicken broth, catsup, anise, sugar and ginger. Cover and simmer 25 minutes, stir occasionally. Uncover and cook 10 minutes longer, stirring frequently (until almost all liquid is absorbed and wings are tender. Serve warm or cold on a bed of lettuce leaves. Garnish with remaining green onion pieces. Japanese Chicken Wings Start with about a dozen wings (about 2 1/3 lbs) 1 medium clove garlic 1 piece of fresh ginger (about 1”x1”), peeled ½ c. Japanese rice wine (sake) ½ c. soy sauce ¼ c. firmly packed light brown sugar ¼ t. dried hot red pepper flakes Remove the tips from the chicken wings and discard. Cut through the remaining two joints to separate. Place one 1-gallon plastic bag inside another and place the wings inside. Place the bags (and their contents) in a large bowl. To make the marinade, drop the garlic and the ginger through the feed tube of a food processor with the metal blade in place and the motor running. Process until finely chopped, about 10 seconds. Scrape down the work bowl, add the remaining ingredients and process 5 seconds. Pour the marinade over the bagged wings and toss to coat [...]

By |2010-07-27T22:06:46+00:00August 25th, 2008|Chicken|1 Comment

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