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  • sheep or goats taste test
  • Does home raised beef taste like store bought

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    03-17-2012, 05:37 AM
  #121
Weanling
I won't try to say that everyone MUST or even CAN be vegan, but those articles are complete bull****.

There is nothing inherently unhealthy about veganism. If a vegan does their research and eats properly, the benefits far outweigh the """risks""""

Just because people tend to feel personally victimized by vegans doesn't mean a non vegan diet is healthier
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    03-17-2012, 11:10 AM
  #122
Weanling
I used to think it was nasty to raise animals for food.
Then, I started taking notice of the effects, or perceived effects, of commercial meats.
Girls at 12 or 13 with bigger boobs than most 30 year old women, boys' voices changing around the same age, and a variety of other effects that, in my mind, are directly attributable to the use of hormones on industrial raised meats.
So, I started researching what it would take to raise my own.
Thankfully, I have a few friends that already do it, and I know how to butcher most animals for food, as I hunt, and have never taken anything to a processor.
Currently, I trade my butchering skills for meat, as we don't have the space to do it ourselves.
We get pig, goat, and beef.
I did a taste test by making two steaks on evening.
I prepared them both identically, grilled them identically, and ate them side by side.
The store steak was bright red. The homegrown one was purple.
The fat on the store steak was white. Homegrown was golden.
The homegrown steak was MUCH more flavorful, tender, and the texture was unbeatable. The store steak was bland, tough, and grainy.
Goat tastes like lamb to an extent, and the pork is beyond unbeatable.
Also of note, venison and elk are both purple when butchered.
It really connected the dots for me on the taste test.
I will guarantee that you'll like home raised over store bought if you give it the opportunity.
If not, PM me. I'll come get it and trade you for store bought.
     
    03-17-2012, 12:53 PM
  #123
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Originally Posted by attackships    
I won't try to say that everyone MUST or even CAN be vegan, but those articles are complete bull****.

There is nothing inherently unhealthy about veganism. If a vegan does their research and eats properly, the benefits far outweigh the """risks""""

Just because people tend to feel personally victimized by vegans doesn't mean a non vegan diet is healthier

I grew up with a vegan for a mother. She is probably the healthiest person I know. She takes a lot of time trying to make sure her diet is rich in all of the essential nutrients. She's also a runner, hasn't missed a day of running in 30 years. 7 miles everyday, unless she's marathon training, then she runs more. I don't doubt that you CAN be a vegan and be healthy. I just think my diet tastes better. I only eat locally raised grass fed beef, and all my other meats, poultry, and dairy are also locally grown.
     
    03-17-2012, 06:01 PM
  #124
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We have over 100 head of cattle. Every year, we keep two steers for butchering.

They get grained for a few months, and we do the killing, skinning and quartering ourselves. And then we take it to the butcher and he does all of the cuts.

I know people might that that's a little grotesque, but at least I know what's all in my steak. No preservatives, meds, chemicals, nothing except the vaccines they all got as calves.

Plus, when we butcher, the whole family comes out and helps out, same goes for when we're making sausage. It's a fam-jam tradition

When me and my dad hunt in the fall, we do everything ourselves, even making the cuts.

When we get some pigs to butcher, we do all the cutting and wrapping, my mom cures and smokes the hams.
     

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