Bullseye BBQ sauce & Mayo. Good on fries, too!
@onepercent... it's the USDA - if we can't trust the government, who can we trust? (insert sarcasm here).
One thing I can say for sure is that this whole issue has convinced me to grind my own meat at home, be it beef, turkey, chicken, pork, etc. I'd just like to have some sort of assurance that when I go out for a burger to one of my favorite places that it hasn't been scooped up off the floor and sprayed with ammonia - is that too much to ask?
Based on the statement "I am aware of the pink slime product that you had referenced and want to insure you that zero of this or any other filler product is contained in the steakburger meat provided to us by Cargill", it sounds pretty cut and dry to me that pink slime is not used in Freddy's product. Anyone see any holes in this logic?
As stated in my original post, I'd also be interested to know what other burger joints are or are not using this product; I just happened to check with Freddy's since that's my burger of choice.
I'm enjoying the discussion I've started here, and look forward to more comments!
I received the following from the owner of my local Freddy's:
Hello, my name is Mark Siffring and I am the owner of the Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Longmont, CO. I wanted to contact you directly regarding your recent inquiry into the beef that we source to create our signature steakburgers. Our vendor partner for our ground steak product is Cargill. Our product from Cargill contains only 100% pure lean ground beef that includes true steak trimmings from full steak loins. I am aware of the pink slime product that you had referenced and want to insure you that zero of this or any other filler product is contained in the steakburger meat provided to us by Cargill. We are extremely proud of the products and services that we provide for our guests and only the best will do. It will always be the intent of Freddy's to exceed our guests expectations. When it comes to food quality, this begins with only sourcing the highest quality products that are available. Thank you for taking the time to inquire about this topic. If you would like to discuss this or any other topic, please feel free to contact me directly either by telephone at 303-776-4101 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving you in the future and again we appreciate your feedback.
I then responded to him, thanking him for his prompt response, and asking him to confirm whether this was a company-wide policy. He responded almost immediately, stating:
Cargill is the single source provider system wide for Freddy's. Cargill Meat Solutions is hedquartered in Wichita, KS as is Freddy's corporate offices. The relationship that is shared is extremely strong and is mutually respected going forward long into the future.
Based on this, I'm going to have no problem eating at Freddy's again. I'm grateful, as it's a fantastic burger!
I've lived in Colorado for the past 20 years and haven't ever run across a steamed burger - isn't that an East Coast thing?
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