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Horse Meat CAN be New (new to US) Paleo Delicacy??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2013 at 11:27 PM

An article came out that horse meat will likely be able to be sold in the US: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-d-may-approve-horse-013153988.html.

This is in relation to a recent post on here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/181923/horse-meat-new-paleo-delicacy-why-not#axzz2MKNXuuu4

Do you think horse meat will become popular in the US? More importantly, is it a good "Paleo" meat? Seems to be pretty lean, not in relation to the "high fat" Paleo meats. Personally I would love to try some...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:09 PM

And taste? Well, it's favored by many around the world, so yeah...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:08 PM

The problem with those ratios is that they are **grain**-to-meat ratios.

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on March 02, 2013
at 11:48 AM

@ Matt: I've read enough accounts of soldiers and whatnot eating their horsies in times of food shortage. No one has ever reported it as other than a food of last resort. Right along with the stray dogs. It's not exactly a historically new thing to eat a horse. But I'm not adverse to a personal taste test, and would.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 11:47 AM

@ Matt: I've read enough accounts of soldiers and whatnot eating their horsies in times of food shortage. No one has ever reported it as other than a food of last resort. Right along with the stray dogs. It's not exactly a historically new thing to eat a horse. But I'm not adverse to a taste, and would.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:07 AM

@ Matt: I've read enough accounts of soldiers and whatnot eating their horsies in times of food shortage. No one has ever reported it as other than a food of last resort. Right before the dogs. It's not exactly a historically new thing to eat a horse. But I'm not adverse to trying, and would.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:06 AM

This post led me to look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: (1) http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html (2) http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:06 AM

This post led me to look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: (1) http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html
(2) http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:04 AM

This post led me to look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: (1) http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html
(2) http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:03 AM

This post made me look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 02, 2013
at 02:01 AM

Do you personally know it doesn't have taste going for it?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 02, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Well, most horses sent to slaughter haven't been fattened up properly. Heck, nowadays in the US, horses are left to starve to death rather than be sent to slaughter (since slaughter is banned).

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 01:41 AM

If it has neither taste nor price going for it, then why bother? Just sample it once to know its flavor, if you're the curious type, and be done with.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 01:22 AM

If it has neither taste nor price going for it, then why bother? Just sample it once to know its taste, if you're the curious type, and be done with.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 01, 2013
at 11:31 PM

Unless there's another major world war, where like last time eating horse meat became "un-taboo" in the US and UK, I don't think we're going to see horse meat come back in style, no. But don't let this horse meat fiasco has squelch or compel you to try or not try all the amazing horse meat dishes around the world - if you are into trying new foods, go for it.

Personally, I've always wanted to try basashi (think "horse meat sashimi").

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on March 02, 2013
at 03:02 AM

I have no problem in principle with eating horse meat. Talk about your ultimate free-range, grass fed meat? I would want to be sure that the animals were raised naturally and in good health, rather than older, sick horses being slaughtered because nobody wanted to care for their pets.

There is a taboo against eating it in many cultures including the US, I guess for the same reason that people don't like to eat animals that they otherwise have a connection with such as dogs. If you were really hungry and had a chance at killing and eating a horse you'd probably do it.

From a business / market perspective I don't think it would ever catch on in a big way in the US due to this taboo, unless it was ground and hidden in products. They would probably come up with some clever way to label it so you didn't know what it was like "free range meat".

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on March 02, 2013
at 12:57 AM

Horse meat is very popular in Australia among fitness models due to its exceptionally low fat content (leaner than flank steak). For this reason I don't think it will be a new favorite in (the majority of) the paleosphere.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 02, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Well, most horses sent to slaughter haven't been fattened up properly. Heck, nowadays in the US, horses are left to starve to death rather than be sent to slaughter (since slaughter is banned).

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 12:42 AM

The two main points in the earlier post:

(1) Taste.
Does horse meat really taste better? And if not, why label it as a "delicacy"? Delicacy implies superior taste in some way. It's something new to try and thus "exotic", and good for shock value. But by the looks of it, horse meat tastes like any unexciting land animal, and probably worse than beef or venison.

(2) Economic efficiency.
The key is, Do horses convert caloric feed into edible meat at a better ratio than pigs or cattle? IIRC, it is 7 to 1 for pigs and 13 to 1 for cattle. What is it for horses?

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:07 AM

@ Matt: I've read enough accounts of soldiers and whatnot eating their horsies in times of food shortage. No one has ever reported it as other than a food of last resort. Right before the dogs. It's not exactly a historically new thing to eat a horse. But I'm not adverse to trying, and would.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:04 AM

This post led me to look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: (1) http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html
(2) http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 11:48 AM

@ Matt: I've read enough accounts of soldiers and whatnot eating their horsies in times of food shortage. No one has ever reported it as other than a food of last resort. Right along with the stray dogs. It's not exactly a historically new thing to eat a horse. But I'm not adverse to a personal taste test, and would.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:06 AM

This post led me to look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: (1) http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html
(2) http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 11:47 AM

@ Matt: I've read enough accounts of soldiers and whatnot eating their horsies in times of food shortage. No one has ever reported it as other than a food of last resort. Right along with the stray dogs. It's not exactly a historically new thing to eat a horse. But I'm not adverse to a taste, and would.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:03 AM

This post made me look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 02:06 AM

This post led me to look up the data on feed-to-meat ratios: (1) http://www.ehow.com/info_8408697_graintomeat-ratios-farm-animals.html (2) http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Calories_per_acre_for_various_foods/

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 02, 2013
at 04:09 PM

And taste? Well, it's favored by many around the world, so yeah...

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 01:22 AM

If it has neither taste nor price going for it, then why bother? Just sample it once to know its taste, if you're the curious type, and be done with.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 02, 2013
at 02:01 AM

Do you personally know it doesn't have taste going for it?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 02, 2013
at 04:08 PM

The problem with those ratios is that they are **grain**-to-meat ratios.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 02, 2013
at 01:41 AM

If it has neither taste nor price going for it, then why bother? Just sample it once to know its flavor, if you're the curious type, and be done with.

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