Sunday, March 11, 2012

Grind Your Own Meat!!!!! 70% of Ground Meat at Supermarkets Contain "Pink Slime"

I was reading blog posts today in my Google Reader and came across this post from Backyard Farming. The cut and dry of it is that 70% of ground meat sold at supermarkets contains "pink slime". Pink slime is basically trimming that would usually be used for pet food that has been sprayed with ammonia to make it "safe" for eating. What's safe about eating meat sprayed with ammonia? I would think that is something that a person would do if they're trying to kill someone. See the video below if you don't believe me.

What's the solution? Grind your own meat. It's not hard and it doesn't require expensive equipment. I've been saying to myself that I was going to grind my own meat for a long time, well the time is now. Alton Brown did an excellent tutorial on his show Good Eats about using a hand grinder (he was making pork sausage but it's the same technique), which I found on Youtube. Please view the clip, the part about grinding meat start at the 5 minute mark.

I found the exact grinder that he's using in his video on Amazon and it's only $35. I will be ordering one as soon as I finish this blog post. You can also "grind" meat in the food processor if you have one, it's not going to be as fine of a texture but it will get the job done. 

Pass the word!

Until next time, 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cleaning Periodic Table

I'm back...............

So if you read my last blog post, which admittedly was a while ago, you already know that I'm pregnant with my first child and have been super busy. Aside from being pregnant (which is a roller coaster ride) and mentally preparing for labor, I am also running a business, doing tax returns, looking for a house to buy and finishing grad school. So while I've thought about all the projects that I could be doing, I've had neither the energy nor motivation to actually do one. I recently decided that I need to get more organized before the baby is born and while perusing the internet for ideas I came across an article which spoke about a periodic table of clean that was made by Real Simple Magazine. My first thoughts were "this is awesome", the problem was I couldn't find it online. Apparently Real Simple removed the chart from its website. After a lot of digging I finally found a copy online and while it was awesome, it didn't quite fit my needs. So I decided to make my own. 

This is the periodic table of cleaning that works for me. I'm sure that there's something different that works for you. I uploaded the Excel file that I used to make my periodic table to my Google Docs, if you click on the upcoming link you can download the file and change it what fits you. Click here if you would like to make your own chart.

Happy cleaning and organizing!

Until next time, 

P.S. I have lots of fun and easy baby projects coming up!