Potted meat- a dirty treat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

So, I grew up poor, until I was a teen. Potted canned meat was something that poor country-bred kids ate. I loved it. I still love me some mechanically separated beef-parts. It makes a scrummy breakfast. I get fowl looks for eating "cat food." But, really who else has love for the potted meat? Canned meat is bad for you. What else in potted meat, nitrtates aside, that's bad for a hungry cat-woman?



on May 26, 2012
at 12:11 PM

@MBP - Yeah, I make my own now, but it's not quite the same. @Lyndsay - My cat think the rillettes I make are for them. Fight me for it, cat!


on May 26, 2012
at 07:02 AM

@blueballoon: My mom drew the line at potted meat, but oh, man--Mary Kitchen corned beef hash was a regular dinner in our house. With a couple of eggs added, and ketchup on top? Mmmmm. I make my own hash these days so I know what's in it, but yeah, I definitely have nostalgic feelings for canned CBH.



on May 26, 2012
at 04:44 AM

I kinda feel like, if my cat is clamoring for it, it must be good. She doesn't clamor for pancakes...



on May 26, 2012
at 02:40 AM

To add to my answer, I grew up eating canned corned beef hash. If I wasn't so grossed out by the stuff in it now, I'd totally buy it. It's really the only processed food I miss, even though it really does look like some of the food I give my cats.

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on May 26, 2012
at 02:38 AM

You mean sort of like rillettes? I make rillettes fairly often with leftovers and think it's delicious. Really it's only the name that is fancy--just potted meat. I would, however, try to make potted meat yourself instead of buying it in a can. Other than the excessive salt, you get questionable sourcing for the meat. (It's ridiculously easy, by the way, to make your own.)

I really love this blog for ideas if you're able and/or inclined to try making rillettes sometime, but tend to not do anything fancy myself. (Pork shoulder, salt, fat. Maybe some spices if I'm feeling fancy.)

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