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Horse Meat: New Paleo Delicacy? Why not?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

So horse meat is in the news again thanks to IKEA. In some countries, IKEA's Swedish Meatballs were pulled off their menu because there were traces of horse meat in them.

But according to sources like The Sunday Morning Herald (London) & Paleo Hacks (Worldwide), horse meat is not a big deal. In fact, The Sunday Morning Herald heralds the benefits of horse meat.

"Horsemeat, which has a sweet, gamey flavour, is cheaper and healthier than beef, containing half the fat, more Omega 3, and high in protein and iron."

Sounds like a great "Paleo" & "Primal" food! Even Paleo Hack readers/commentators from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, & Canada have praised the food in the past.

So my question is two-fold: 1) If you have eaten horse meat, what's a great recipe? How is it best served? What would be a good pairing (vegetable or wine) with horse?

2) If you live in a country that has laws against horse meat or a taboo against horse meat, what's the fear? Why do you think we're limiting ourselves?

Thanks for answering this entertaining question...

Bcbdd7d311a56bbd51a605492aa9dd0c

on March 16, 2013
at 04:37 PM

Update on my horse meat eating adventures here in Chile: http://naturalinstinctnutrition.com/i-ate-a-horse-literally-but-was-it-nutritious/

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 02, 2013
at 03:57 PM

@thisiswilson, that's exactly where racehorses end up when they cannot race anymore.

9a783f1b60e2936f07f1f38fc62c11e4

(256)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:51 AM

Really? If I fell on hard times and needed to find a new home for my dog and someone said they'd take care of it, but then ate it, it's none of my business? I guess technically you're right, but doesn't seem ethical at all. I am not debating that it is culturally acceptable in certain places to eat what we call pets. I just think people who buy animals and imply that they'll keep them as pets shouldn't go back on their word and then eat them.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on February 27, 2013
at 09:39 PM

First of all... if your giving a horse away it's none of your business what gets done with it. Don't be so egocentric. People eat horses. You don't, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it. Second, you're right about the quality of horse meat here in the states. There is no infrastructure for this product. If you buy domestic horse meat it's black market. Highly unlikely that anyone involved has your best interest in mind.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on February 27, 2013
at 06:55 PM

By that logic we should stop eating pigs, as they are smarter than dogs are. Don't you dare tell me to stop eating pork, you might start to look a little like bacon and that is a slippery slope.

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on February 27, 2013
at 05:20 PM

they took er jerbs!

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Wow...I wish I was as adventurous as you. Although, I will now be staying away from muskrat. Thanks for the cooking techniques shared. I think sous vide is good for lean meats.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on February 27, 2013
at 11:26 AM

Cows are pretty smart, who cares if they look 'retarded' to you...?

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Verdict on the muskrat: gamey, fishy-tasting rabbit that I would happily not eat again.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:52 PM

@Noomoahk: I cannot answer for the collective "we". I have no idea why you or anyone else does what they do. I eat cows, because I grew up eating cows. I don't even know where to get horse meat. If we ate the animal that had the most impact on the environment, we'd be eating people. I believe it's called "long pork". I don't, and have never, driven a car. Before I give up cow, I must insist everyone gives up their car.

Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

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on February 26, 2013
at 10:55 PM

The few times i actually manages to get my hands on it a cook it as I cook all other meat by frying, boiling or maybe if I have the time - slow cooking. Whatever works really!

753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

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on February 26, 2013
at 10:25 PM

In terms of being pets (like German Shepards-- I would never eat mine, I've see what he eats at times...), a lot of people have untraditional pets that others eat... pigs, chickens, snakes, etc.

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

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on February 26, 2013
at 09:21 PM

Great point, though I find it unlikely that anyone would use a racehorse for food in any situation.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 26, 2013
at 08:40 PM

@Paul, In my (single) experience, the Horse Sausage was far and away the best.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 08:05 PM

I know Travis. I mean no one would ever eat a pig. Or a rabbit. What are these paleo people? Super rustic and ungraceful? (sarcasm people...)

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:55 PM

So, we eat based on an animals "usefulness"? Regardless of it's impact on the environment at large?

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:53 PM

But behaving/eating based on an "aesthetic or cultural issue" would imply that one is not deciding for themselves. At least the person who thinks it's gross is(or seems to be) making that decision on their own. I'd respect the latter more, though I don't agree with either. You are correct that we should always strive to find and fit our role within this universe.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:41 PM

In many cultures, cows and other bovine are used as pullers and movers. I think they used to be here in North America, too, especially on farms that couldn't afford more than a few animals.

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:39 PM

Eating monogastrics? How gauche.

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:27 PM

scalagirl doesnt afraid of anything

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Well said. Thanks for your perspective...

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:01 PM

Many of you are referring to cooking it properly (similar to any lean meat). So what is the best way/method you have seen it cooked?

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 06:59 PM

What? Cows have other uses too. Ever watch bull-riding? :)

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 06:58 PM

Never trust the package... Zara, thanks for the feedback. Yep, I want to know exactly what I am eating too. I have become a professional label-reader. What is the right way to cook horse meat? Grilled, slow cooked? Broiled? How do you like it cooked? Thanks!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:56 PM

BTW, I have eaten horse meat at a restaurant in Toronto. It was a sampler with a mixture of Brisket, Sausage, and Loin (or the horse equivalent of those).

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Substitute Horse meat for Venison in any recipe and you will be on point. Horse meat is VERY gamey and overcooks easily. Not as tasty as venison, but when properly prepared it's fine

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Unlike cows, horses actually have a use other than for their meat. German Shepherds are considered a delicacy over in Vietnam which, as the owner of a beloved 5 year old GSD, would be unthinkable for me to eat. I would go vegan if dog meat were my only animal protein choice.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:24 PM

Maybe. Cows are pretty cute, especially in hats. They have good bone structure. Armani was fond of designing for them.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:53 PM

"Aesthetic"--Probably because horses are prettier than cows. :)

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:52 PM

I totally understand that issue of buying something that you were expecting to be one thing and then ending up with something partially or totally different.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:50 PM

Thank you for all of you who have answered so far. This conversation makes me want to watch an episode of Andrew Zimmern's "Bizarre Foods." Keep the comments coming!

753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:12 PM

It's all culture... I am now living in the southwest, and people I work with think my obsession with venison is bizzare. However, I grew up in the midwest. We had the first day of hunting season off school for the majority of my childhood because it was a holiday. I think Bambi tastes amazing and delicious... my office-mate views Bambi as a sweet, innocent, precious creature. I'd rather have some homemade venison Jerky than have a deer leap in front of my car, me smash into it, etc...

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 03:57 PM

Mmm...horse sausage. Where do you live & is this common in the diet?

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Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

(2668)

on February 26, 2013
at 04:12 PM

re. #2, it's entirely cultural, and kind of silly. fraud is still fraud, and if you bought something that you expected to be beef, and it was horse meat, that's messed up. but there's nothing inherently wrong with eating horse.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

(610)

on February 26, 2013
at 04:52 PM

I totally understand that issue of buying something that you were expecting to be one thing and then ending up with something partially or totally different.

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C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

on February 27, 2013
at 08:48 AM

Being a resident of the UK this is very topical. Personally I have no objection to eating horsemeat but as long as I know I am. I get all my meat from a butchers (90% of the time) or fresh, unprocessed, locally sourced from a supermarket (occassionally). If they were to sell horse meat I would DEFINITELY try it. I love all meat.

As for why it's taboo? I live in Northern Ireland where horses are for racing and glue, whereas cows? They rule the roost...so to speak.

They wouldn't be too happy at an equine coup d'??tat...

horse-meat:-new-paleo-delicacy?-why-not?

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

(1021)

on February 27, 2013
at 05:20 PM

they took er jerbs!

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on February 26, 2013
at 10:46 PM

What kills me is that anyone would care if there was horse mixed in with disgusting Burger King or Aldi's grade beef.

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on February 26, 2013
at 10:40 PM

A great way to cook meats that tend to dry out is sous vide followed by a quick sear in a hot pan. I have no cultural programming issues with respect to meat, although I'm not especially fond of gamey meat. But, I'll try anything once. Right now, I'm visiting my dad in Maryland, and tonight we're having a local specialty: muskrat. My major culinary cultural boundary is bugs; I just can't see myself being willing to eat tarantulas, grubs, grasshoppers, etc.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Verdict on the muskrat: gamey, fishy-tasting rabbit that I would happily not eat again.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

(610)

on February 27, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Wow...I wish I was as adventurous as you. Although, I will now be staying away from muskrat. Thanks for the cooking techniques shared. I think sous vide is good for lean meats.

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09943a170b313925b039aab5f1c748a2

on February 26, 2013
at 07:27 PM

In the US especially I would be cautious of horse meat simply from a contamination perspective... I've read that some countries have special breeds of horses that they raise specifically for meat, but in the US most of the slaughter horses were originally pets or racehorses - and racehorses especially are typically pretty loaded up with drugs that are toxic to humans...

Just a random PSA. :)

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

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on February 26, 2013
at 09:21 PM

Great point, though I find it unlikely that anyone would use a racehorse for food in any situation.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 02, 2013
at 03:57 PM

@thisiswilson, that's exactly where racehorses end up when they cannot race anymore.

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Bcbdd7d311a56bbd51a605492aa9dd0c

on February 26, 2013
at 07:13 PM

As the founder of a nutrition practice I believe we are very fortunate to even be having this conversation. I have a lot of respect for those who are self aware enough to say "no I would not eat horse because it is a aesthetic or cultural issue". But for those mainstreamers who say "oh gross, I would never eat horse! yucky!), I shake my head in confusion.

In most areas of the world protein sources are highly coveted as they are harder to come by and require more energy input. If cheap meat were not so easy to come by in this country we would be lining up to eat Mr.Ed (a horse from a sitcom series) to get our complete proteins.

In India eating a cow is religious suicide, so that must make us the most evil country in the world? We just need to gain perspective on what food is in the greater circle of life. Focusing on our role and how to respect the other organisms in this circle is of utmost importance.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

(610)

on February 26, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Well said. Thanks for your perspective...

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on February 26, 2013
at 07:53 PM

But behaving/eating based on an "aesthetic or cultural issue" would imply that one is not deciding for themselves. At least the person who thinks it's gross is(or seems to be) making that decision on their own. I'd respect the latter more, though I don't agree with either. You are correct that we should always strive to find and fit our role within this universe.

Bcbdd7d311a56bbd51a605492aa9dd0c

on March 16, 2013
at 04:37 PM

Update on my horse meat eating adventures here in Chile: http://naturalinstinctnutrition.com/i-ate-a-horse-literally-but-was-it-nutritious/

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09943a170b313925b039aab5f1c748a2

on March 02, 2013
at 03:43 PM

In 2002, Japan slaughtered Ferdinand, the winner of the 1986 Kentucky Derby and the 1987 Breeder's Cup Classic (both big money, high profile US races). Of course, that's only one example of a high profile racehorse, but thousands of claiming horses or horses that were too slow to win anything end up in the slaughter pipeline. Google "thoroughbred slaughter in US" and you will find loads of stuff about it.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2011/11/29/racing-industry-silent-about-slaughtered-thoroughbreds/ This article says 10,000 US thoroughbreds (racehorses) are slaughtered each year in canada/mexico. (Only linked that to back up my statements re: racehorses being slaughtered....Otherwise That's a pretty gruesome article - beware!)

Personally, I don't have a problem with eating horse... but I do have a problem with eating horse DRUGS - if you're seeking the cleanest food you should probably steer clear of horsemeat in the US. Always good to educate ourselves :) Google it and see!

https://www.google.com/search?q=bute+and+wormer+in+slaughtered+US+horses&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on February 27, 2013
at 10:56 AM

What's the conversion ratio of caloric feed to edible meat for horsies?

It's something like 8:1 for pigs, which is very efficient. I can't imagine that horse meat tastes better than pork, or that they're more efficient converters than pig or cow.

Also, horses haven't been selected over millennia to have slabs of steak hanging off their flanks, and only have the (unappetizing-looking) sinewy looking muscle.

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58e8a6256f705a64a7d1287b91ae7832

on February 27, 2013
at 07:45 AM

I haven't ever had horse, but I think the controversy comes from the relationships people have with horses. I grew up in the country and there were many equestrians who were very passionate. I don't have a personal aversion to it or moral issue, but I don't think it will happen in the US.

I like IKEA and find it sad that this has happened. It's more offensive that they were unclear (deliberately deceitful?) than that they served horse.

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E565e11cf32b38ab1f45086c1e0205f7

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:49 AM

I ate it a few times when I lived in Japan. It's a somewhat expensive delicacy there, served raw as a sashimi dish (although not typically in a sushi restaurant).

I don't know anything about how it's sourced/raised for consumption there, but what I ate was extremely tender and actually less flavorful than other red meats. I wouldn't say it was gamey at all.

I don't see anything wrong with it. At least from my experience, some negative ideas about eating it come from stories of poor farming families eating their work horses out of desperation. Obviously the meat from those animals would be far from choice.

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Bcbdd7d311a56bbd51a605492aa9dd0c

on March 16, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Here is an update on my Horse Meat eating adventures: Horse Jerky, and it was delicious!

http://naturalinstinctnutrition.com/i-ate-a-horse-literally-but-was-it-nutritious/

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on March 02, 2013
at 03:53 PM

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.

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26b0463ecdf4a47d3b404ed525c824ba

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on February 27, 2013
at 06:16 PM

Speaking as an avid equestrian and horse owner, I don't have a problem with horse meat. It's no different than beef, pork, venison, ect . I do have a problem with the slaughtering process though, but that is a different topic.

I don't know if I would try it given the chance, It's not a common dish around here so I don't have much exposure.

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9a783f1b60e2936f07f1f38fc62c11e4

on February 27, 2013
at 03:41 PM

I think it should be noted that the economic collapse in Europe is a main contributor to this issue. The horses that ended up in the food chain were someone's pets before! They probably unloaded them to someone for cheap or free thinking they'd go to a better home, not the slaughter house. So the fraud runs deep and that is very troublesome. Same thing can happen here-- that's why in the horse world you are advised to never list a horse on Craigslist for free. In regards to the person who said racehorses wouldn't be used for meat-- think again!! Surely not a triple crown winner, but an underperforming drug addled racehorse is pretty easy to give away or leave at the track. The fact is, in this country, and many other places, horses are dependent on us to care for them, in exchange they give us their trust and willingness, which as a horsewoman myself is a beautiful thing. We owe them our care and consideration. I agree that it is my own personal/ cultural bias, of course.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on February 27, 2013
at 09:39 PM

First of all... if your giving a horse away it's none of your business what gets done with it. Don't be so egocentric. People eat horses. You don't, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it. Second, you're right about the quality of horse meat here in the states. There is no infrastructure for this product. If you buy domestic horse meat it's black market. Highly unlikely that anyone involved has your best interest in mind.

9a783f1b60e2936f07f1f38fc62c11e4

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on February 28, 2013
at 03:51 AM

Really? If I fell on hard times and needed to find a new home for my dog and someone said they'd take care of it, but then ate it, it's none of my business? I guess technically you're right, but doesn't seem ethical at all. I am not debating that it is culturally acceptable in certain places to eat what we call pets. I just think people who buy animals and imply that they'll keep them as pets shouldn't go back on their word and then eat them.

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5dd50f78f47b8848d93724d6eb38d4c1

on February 27, 2013
at 07:29 AM

Don't be such savages. When choosing meat sources, go for a retarded looking cow or a stupid chicken. Not a beautiful, majestic and noble creature such as a horse.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on February 27, 2013
at 11:26 AM

Cows are pretty smart, who cares if they look 'retarded' to you...?

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on February 27, 2013
at 06:55 PM

By that logic we should stop eating pigs, as they are smarter than dogs are. Don't you dare tell me to stop eating pork, you might start to look a little like bacon and that is a slippery slope.

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Cb8d90e4fa665a7b69df083e897f0d5a

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on February 26, 2013
at 09:38 PM

I live in Italy and here its pretty common. Not an everyday meal, but you'll find it in the supermarket next to beef and chicken. At first I was kind of grossed out because in my home country we dont eat horse (plus, my father owns horses so it felk like eating my pets), but once my bf prepared it without telling me and I ate it. It was ok, it had a different taste, not bad but i wouldnt buy it regularly ... Actually I would not buy it at all. I had it a second time at a restaurant raw with raw egg yolk, i didnt like it at all.

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4b7e828232c7d6a5aab2265814647530

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on February 26, 2013
at 09:14 PM

Well said natural Nutrition and Trish, could not agree more.

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Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

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on February 26, 2013
at 06:52 PM

I don't think the problem is the horse meat in itself, but that people have been eating it without knowing it. I brings up a huge question regarding food control, can we really trust what the packages is telling us?

The horse meat thingy is a huge thing in Sweden since it was announced a couple of months ago that some stores had sold coloured pork as beef. So now people starts to question what they are actually eating.

Regarding horse meat in general, it's excellent meat, very tender if cooked the right way. i see absolutely no problem with horse meat, I just want to know if I'm eating it ;)

Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

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on February 26, 2013
at 10:55 PM

The few times i actually manages to get my hands on it a cook it as I cook all other meat by frying, boiling or maybe if I have the time - slow cooking. Whatever works really!

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 06:58 PM

Never trust the package... Zara, thanks for the feedback. Yep, I want to know exactly what I am eating too. I have become a professional label-reader. What is the right way to cook horse meat? Grilled, slow cooked? Broiled? How do you like it cooked? Thanks!

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on February 26, 2013
at 04:34 PM

I don't have an intellectual problem with eating horse. I do have a cultural and aesthetic one, but admit that it doesn't have much basis. I think I could at least try it.

I could not eat a dog, though. I can understand some cultures doing it, but it's one of the ones I am absolutely never going to try. And yes, that's purely cultural.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 06:59 PM

What? Cows have other uses too. Ever watch bull-riding? :)

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:41 PM

In many cultures, cows and other bovine are used as pullers and movers. I think they used to be here in North America, too, especially on farms that couldn't afford more than a few animals.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:53 PM

"Aesthetic"--Probably because horses are prettier than cows. :)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Unlike cows, horses actually have a use other than for their meat. German Shepherds are considered a delicacy over in Vietnam which, as the owner of a beloved 5 year old GSD, would be unthinkable for me to eat. I would go vegan if dog meat were my only animal protein choice.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:55 PM

So, we eat based on an animals "usefulness"? Regardless of it's impact on the environment at large?

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

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on February 26, 2013
at 05:24 PM

Maybe. Cows are pretty cute, especially in hats. They have good bone structure. Armani was fond of designing for them.

753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

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on February 26, 2013
at 10:25 PM

In terms of being pets (like German Shepards-- I would never eat mine, I've see what he eats at times...), a lot of people have untraditional pets that others eat... pigs, chickens, snakes, etc.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:52 PM

@Noomoahk: I cannot answer for the collective "we". I have no idea why you or anyone else does what they do. I eat cows, because I grew up eating cows. I don't even know where to get horse meat. If we ate the animal that had the most impact on the environment, we'd be eating people. I believe it's called "long pork". I don't, and have never, driven a car. Before I give up cow, I must insist everyone gives up their car.

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on February 26, 2013
at 03:49 PM

I like horse meat and especially horse sausages and don't afraid to eat them.

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on February 26, 2013
at 03:57 PM

Mmm...horse sausage. Where do you live & is this common in the diet?

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on February 26, 2013
at 07:27 PM

scalagirl doesnt afraid of anything

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:09 PM

There is not really a question of if it is safe/okay to eat (I know this was not your question, but it is a thing a lot of misinformed people will freak out about). People do in many other countries, just as they do cats, dogs, guinea pigs, etc. I feel like it is so taboo in America (where I live) and other countries because we have more emotional attachment. Horses are pets to us. I would never dream of eating a cat or dog because they are pets in my home; I have emotional attachments to them, they are part of my family. I can't imagine ANYONE eating a cat or dog, because of the feelings I have about them. In other countries, where they are not common house pets/family members, people just don't have the same attachment to them. Meanwhile, I don't own a horse, I don't desire to, I don't have an attachment to them. I would not flip out if I found out I was eating horse meat balls at IKEA; I just don't feel the same way about horses as I do about Fido...

753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:12 PM

It's all culture... I am now living in the southwest, and people I work with think my obsession with venison is bizzare. However, I grew up in the midwest. We had the first day of hunting season off school for the majority of my childhood because it was a holiday. I think Bambi tastes amazing and delicious... my office-mate views Bambi as a sweet, innocent, precious creature. I'd rather have some homemade venison Jerky than have a deer leap in front of my car, me smash into it, etc...

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