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Store bought meat issues in Israel

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Right, I just bought turkey liver, heart and beef shoulder, from the deli section plus a frozen fillet of salmon from the freezer. Now learning about the horrors of meat here in Israel.

I no longer want to eat it, if I have to I will but I want better options, I barely afford what I buy now. I eat lots of eggs ranging from 5 to 10 eggs a day to keep costs down. I also buy and consume Starkest tuna as a staple of my diet, some sardines in olive oil as well.

I hear that the chicken and turkey quality is horrendous, and when sold in the deli the cuts make me want to puke. Organic chicken is 66 shekels a kilo that's like 15USD a kilo depending on the cut, Supermarket chicken is sold at a laughable 10-30 shekels a kilo 2.5-7USD a kilo. Those pricing I cannot afford. Beef is injected with water and sold, often frozen then thawed posing as fresh cuts at the deli. Cost of beef is around 60 shekels about 15$ a kilo Organic beef does not exist here in Israel Fish are fresh farmed or frozen fed tons of antibiotics Eggs aren't the greatest but the cheapest of the bunch of junk I see. Canned salmon is rare, only have found in Jerusalem Canned sardines, canned tuna probably have BPA in the cans.

What do I do???

If I cannot locate better sources what would be my best choice?

Frozen fish? Canned? Beef? More Eggs? The Chicken/Turkey?

The meat quality here is horrible. How does a Paleo guy get his Protein?

When I get my own Paleo farm, I am in no way selling that junk. Chicken, duck, quail, goat, lamb, cow, etc will all be naturally raised and slaughtered properly!

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on November 25, 2013
at 10:04 PM

Not unless you raise it yourself, or live in the northern parts(Since the shore and southern Israel grass is basically dried straw which is of horrendous quality, and doesn't supply the animals with any nutrients(basically meaning that grain fed is WAY better)).

Also, an FYI: Poultry are actually carnivorous(Their true diet consists mostly of insects), and "grain fed" poultry is the standard stuff you can buy in any supermarket

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on September 23, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Sometimes it is, when I gross everyone else out by organ meats, other times not so when we hit hiccups concerning eating habits.

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on September 23, 2012
at 03:59 AM

I was repeating what Haaretz said on their article. How do I contact you? I would like to know the truth if what I was informed was wrong. Thanks

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

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on September 22, 2012
at 06:20 PM

^That's always fun.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 22, 2012
at 04:57 PM

P.S I am the only Paleo in the family

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 22, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Yes and no, I know of one farm where I can get raw dairy products, I don't know Hebrew plus we are constantly travelling north to south with my dads job.

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on September 22, 2012
at 09:25 PM

organic chicken is no more than 40 shekels a kilo in the freezer section of the Eden Teva chain, some of which you will find in the Mega supermarkets and some of which are entire supermarkets

I am in touch with a scientist involved in tracking health of beef and poultry in israel and in fact a lot of what you just wrote is plain not true

starkist tuna works out at about 50 shekels a kilo BUT if you go to the wonderful markets, you will get fresh salmon or fresh tuna at 50 to 70 shekels a kilo, NOT the frozen stuff

10 eggs a day is waaay out of order

contact me and i'll try to help you.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 23, 2012
at 03:59 AM

I was repeating what Haaretz said on their article. How do I contact you? I would like to know the truth if what I was informed was wrong. Thanks

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on April 15, 2014
at 01:07 PM

A lot of the frozen beef in the supermarkets is Brazilian, and from what I've been reading lately, Brazilian beef is almost exclusively grass-fed. So maybe this is easier than we think? You can also get a broad range of offal here, far more than is available in the US-- I liked tongue, didn't care for spleen, have mixed feelings about brain. All of these are available in any large supermarket, like Rami Levi. Skip the "fresh" beef and go straight to the freezer section. Cuts #3, #5, and #8 make great brisket.

I'd love to find a way to get camel meat!

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on November 25, 2013
at 10:06 PM

If you're willing to risk it, drive into one of the Arabian villages near your city, and buy some lamb.

As far as I'm aware, the meat there is of a higher quality.

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on February 25, 2013
at 06:09 PM

so basically israel has no grass fed chicken or meat available...???

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on November 25, 2013
at 10:04 PM

Not unless you raise it yourself, or live in the northern parts(Since the shore and southern Israel grass is basically dried straw which is of horrendous quality, and doesn't supply the animals with any nutrients(basically meaning that grain fed is WAY better)).

Also, an FYI: Poultry are actually carnivorous(Their true diet consists mostly of insects), and "grain fed" poultry is the standard stuff you can buy in any supermarket

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on February 16, 2013
at 09:08 PM

The beef here isn't grass-feed, but there are stricter regulations that have to with anti-bio-tics (not allowed). Just so you that haaretz article (if im thinking of the same one) wasn't that accurate, and was written by a vegan so might be a bit biased too. Any way if u buy beef from Adoom - Adoom (red-red) they import cows from Australia which are grass-fed and grain finished here.

This is an article in hebrew (maybe google translate?) http://www.paleostyle.co.il/?p=1384

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on February 16, 2013
at 04:32 PM

So I will be In tel-aviv area for about 6 months and I need some good suggestions on where to get free range chicken, eggs and meat....I know that there are markets galore in Israel so fruit and vegge will not be a prob. And eating out..besides the oils..I should be okay...pls let me Know-- im more worried about the poultry and meat aspect...thx :)

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on September 22, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Are there farms you can buy directly from?

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 22, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Yes and no, I know of one farm where I can get raw dairy products, I don't know Hebrew plus we are constantly travelling north to south with my dads job.

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

(1632)

on September 22, 2012
at 06:20 PM

^That's always fun.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 23, 2012
at 10:17 AM

Sometimes it is, when I gross everyone else out by organ meats, other times not so when we hit hiccups concerning eating habits.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 22, 2012
at 04:57 PM

P.S I am the only Paleo in the family

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