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Fri Nov 17, 2017, 06:32 PM

A Question about Beef

I bought a chuck roast the other day. I was cutting it up just now when I noticed something weird. There were little black areas in the meet. The best way to describe them is that they were patterned like watermelon seeds, but they were soft and squishy. There was another black area that was more like the pattern that fat takes in beef.

Then, I looked at one "seed" and it looked like a worm, about a centimeter long. It wasn't moving.

I googled the heck out of this, but I can't find anything that matches the description of the meat I bought. Is this normal for cheap cuts of beef? Is it just coagulated bits of blood?

All this kinda freaked me out. Can anyone explain this?

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 06:34 PM

1. Blood/blood vessels perhaps? I was just reading that supermarket butchers have a type of meat glue

that they use to put scraps together and make roasts. It's apparently very hard to detect and you'd have a hard time telling the difference between a frankenroast and a legit cut. Maybe this is one?

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 06:43 PM

2. Take it back to the store

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 07:04 PM

5. Definitely. The supplier needs to be inspected

Where there's one animal with parasites, there will be more.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 06:50 PM

3. Wow,take it back ASAP.

Someone was really cutting corners to make a buck. Bad Cow,possibly sick.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 06:50 PM

4. I can't explain it,

but ick.

Take it back to the store and show them, especially since you think it might be a worm. Get your money back.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 07:11 PM

6. definitely take it back. while it's possibly something innocent, it's also possibly very much not.

not an expert, but i'm thinking tapeworm larvae is among the possibilities.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 07:22 PM

7. I know taking it back may seem like a pain in the butt

however, in this case,. you need to know what it is, for future reference
and then please tell us what you found out, for our future reference.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 08:08 PM

8. That would have freaked me out, too!

Unfortunately, I tend toward high uric acid levels, and now have cholesterol issues, so it has been nearly thirty years since we have bought beef. Still, it sounds like your meat needs to be inspected by an independent health department official, and one not on the payroll of the meat vendor!

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 08:54 PM

9. One of a number of reasons I converted to veggies only

I think factory farms feeds/puts awful things into animals (steroids, sick animals into feed etc). Plants are much healthier for us, the animals and the planet 😉

If you aren't ready to go 100 percent over night...start cutting down and keep cutting down. If you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure other serious illnesses consider going 'cold turkey' over night. If anyone has any interest DM me and I will recommend or send you books etc.

Thanks for allowing me to share this message.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 09:18 PM

10. Likely a blood vessel or clot...

Arteries and veins running through beef just like us. Nothing to do with the quality of the cut.

Take it back if it really bothers or concerns you to share your concerns and get their opinion. They would likely exchange or gladly refund so you walk away happy and satisfied.

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Response to Leith (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 01:49 AM

11. probably blood clots and bruising

sometimes from bad processing or an injury, if it wasn't a lot of tissue just cut it out and feed it to a pet. if it really bothers you take it back, but they will just throw it away. I'm too cheap for that and would just trim it out myself.

not many parasites in beef muscle in this country and most conventionally raised and fed cattle are treated for it anyway.

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