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How to start eating meat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 08, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I grew not eating beef and pork. My main animal source is chicken (specifically chicken breast). I am put off by the smell of cooked ground beef.

I want to try to start eating beef. Where should I start? What part is tasty?

In terms of pork, the only real port I eat is bacon (on occasion). I know nothing about the cut of pork, how to cook it, etc.

I think it would be easier to start eating pork because the idea of eating beef really really really puts me off.

Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!!

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on April 13, 2011
at 05:52 AM

I want out to dinner last night with the boyfriend and I had one bit of his steak. And I was not revolted. Then I had another. The next step would be to order it as a meal and enjoy it. After that I'll think about cooking it :)

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on April 09, 2011
at 10:33 AM

4/20 - A great day for steaks !

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on April 08, 2011
at 06:24 PM

That is one thing I haven't gotten over - that good meat can turn green and still be edible due to pressure and that "beef" smell. Ugh.

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on April 08, 2011
at 04:41 PM

that's a really good point, additionally, if you seek out higher quality, well raised meats you can (and in your case, should) tell yourself that you are benefitting animals' welfare and truly doing something good by making this choice. Maybe you need to sit down with yourself, examine your fears and decide whether or not they are truly well founded or rational. Do you feel eating meat would help you become healthier or maybe closer to the natural order of things? Is that important to you? DO you feel like trying new things would make you more adventurous? Is that a quality you aspire to?

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on April 08, 2011
at 03:31 PM

I thought I was the snarky one!

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on April 08, 2011
at 03:04 PM

start right, start rare. Overcooked meat tastes bad.For pork, start with something easily palatable, like cold ham (a nice quality ham without a ton of sugar). The smell of cooking ground beef may put you off because the entire surface of the meat is being thoroughly cooked. Don't start with ground beef. Start with a piece of quality steak, like Stephen recommended. Make sure it is thoroughly rested! This will distribute the juices throughout the meat so that the meat is moist but not bloody! Use some sea salt! Meat loves salt. Lastly, how do you know you won't like it until you've tried it?

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on April 08, 2011
at 02:53 PM

Best I can recommend is QUALITY, Make sure its a Grass fed-finished cow. The taste is significantly different.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I would recommend having a friend prepare the meat for the first couple of times - until you are comfortable eating it - that way you don't have to smell it cooking if you are turned off by the smell. I would also say try the bbq (makes meat taste awesome and is outside - so the smell doesn't linger in the house).

Way to go for being open to trying! It's definitely the first step! And don't force yourself - if you don't like it after a bite or two - stop and try again at a different time with a different cut and preparation.

Fa361df4b3f2d5aa13aa6a73dbf8d88b

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on April 13, 2011
at 05:52 AM

I want out to dinner last night with the boyfriend and I had one bit of his steak. And I was not revolted. Then I had another. The next step would be to order it as a meal and enjoy it. After that I'll think about cooking it :)

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on April 08, 2011
at 04:22 PM

I know anything is easier said than done but with this thought in your head..."the idea of eating beef really really really puts me off", you will ALWAYS have a hard time. This is a huge mental aspect you need to get over. You should probably start and keep telling yourself 10,000,000 times a day that "I love all meat and I enjoy the smell while it's cooking". This may sound "hokey" but it's not at all. Most people don't understand the power the mind has. Good luck with your meat cooking and eating adventures!

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on April 08, 2011
at 04:41 PM

that's a really good point, additionally, if you seek out higher quality, well raised meats you can (and in your case, should) tell yourself that you are benefitting animals' welfare and truly doing something good by making this choice. Maybe you need to sit down with yourself, examine your fears and decide whether or not they are truly well founded or rational. Do you feel eating meat would help you become healthier or maybe closer to the natural order of things? Is that important to you? DO you feel like trying new things would make you more adventurous? Is that a quality you aspire to?

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on April 08, 2011
at 06:27 PM

burgers. bunless. mash up the ground beef with garlic onions salt pepper whatever spices you enjoy, mix in an egg or two to hold it together and cook it in the pan of bacon grease from the bacon you just cooked. serve it on a bed of spinach to add another texture. combining bacon eggs and beef will make sure you'll get over any neuroses.

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on April 08, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Well, if you are trying to ease into it, you could try eating ground beef in a sauce with lots of vegetables. Otherwise, you might try self-imposed peer pressure :) Instead of having a group of friends stand around you saying, "Come on, Rissa, don't you want to be cool? Hit the bong", you can have a bunch of friends, saying, "Come on Rissa, don't you want to be Paleo? Eat that steak."

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on April 09, 2011
at 10:33 AM

4/20 - A great day for steaks !

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on April 08, 2011
at 03:36 PM

I came here from a vegan diet, so I know if I can do it, you can!

As for the "best" meat, I personally find pork to have a stronger taste than beef. I have never been a steak lover, so don't eat it, period. You just have to do some experimenting and find what your taste buds will enjoy.

I found I enjoy roasts and braised meats the most...and well-fried hamburgers!!! I can't eat anything a good vet would be able to save.

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on April 08, 2011
at 03:07 PM

At the risk of sounding snarky or trollish, I submit the following directions;

1) Open mouth 2) Insert meat of your choice

:)

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on April 08, 2011
at 03:31 PM

I thought I was the snarky one!

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on April 09, 2011
at 10:25 PM

I agree with one of the earlier posts. It is totally worth it to start with grass fed beef. The smell is definitely different when cooking it and the taste is amazing. An added plus is all the health benefits. I totally think it’s worth it to spend a little more on grass fed beef. If you are interested in learning more about it check out the La Cense Beef website. They have a wealth of information on the benefits from eating grass fed. It’s where I started to learn about it myself.I hope this helps.

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on April 09, 2011
at 12:27 AM

Go to a steak house, visit a good hanmburger joint like 5 guys or Elevation Burger. You will get comfortable with the smell and you start to droll at the thought of it.

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on April 08, 2011
at 06:28 PM

I was the same way - no beef, no pork. I started sneaking burgers in the school cafeteria though. My real segue into eating red meat came at the hand of my boyfriend, who knows 1) how to pick meat and 2) how to properly cook it.

You don't have to splurge on grass-fed beef to start, just make sure you don't overcook your meat or you won't like it. Pork is notoriously easy to overcook.

Either way you need a cut of meat, and a pan, and an oven.

  1. Preheat oven at 350
  2. Put pan on medium heat, allow to heat for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add some butter / ghee to pan - allow to melt for about 45 seconds.
  4. Add meat. DO NOT TOUCH IT for 2 minutes.
  5. Flip - DO NOT TOUCH IT for 2 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from heat, put in oven for 5-7 minutes (med rare) or up to about 9-10 minutes for well. This of course depends on the size of the steak, this is good for a 8 - 12oz chunk of meat.
  7. Remove pan from oven, allow the steak to rest (just let it sit) for at least 5 minutes before serving / cutting.

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on April 08, 2011
at 03:39 PM

My family really likes NY strip steaks, these are easy to grill, no prep required. I only buy them on sale and never grass fed. Good grass fed ground beef does not smell bad like regular store bought. I use it in chili, taco salad, burgers, etc. You could try other cuts of beef or pork in stir fries. Just look for recipes online - search for beef recipes and find something that you might like to try. Try MDA, Free the animal, Girl gone primal - they have lots of recipes.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 08, 2011
at 06:24 PM

That is one thing I haven't gotten over - that good meat can turn green and still be edible due to pressure and that "beef" smell. Ugh.

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