People warned against ‘family tradition’ of eating raw meat sandwiches
Everyone likes different things on Christmas Day.
Some families hate turkey, others don’t bother with bread sauce or cranberry and many of us dislike the traditional Christmas pudding.
However, while we all have our own traditions and preferences, a rather strange food has emerged as a festive tradition in Wisconsin, US.
Raw meat sandwiches.
The Minion Death Cult Podcast shared a Wisconsin Department of Health Services Facebook post – and people were divided.
Would you eat this dish if offered? Let us know in the comments…
The post read: “Time for our annual reminder that there’s one #holiday tradition you need to pass on: raw meat sandwiches, sometimes called Tiger Meat or Cannibal Sandwiches.
“Many Wisconsin families consider them to be a holiday tradition, but eating them poses a threat for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick.
“(And, no, it doesn’t matter where you buy your beef).
“Remember, ground beef should ALWAYS be cooked to an internal temperature of 160° F.”
While it may sound gross to us many locals argued in defence of the meal.
One person posted: “Nope. As much as I respect the Dept of Health, I’ve been eating them since I was six.
“I’m not stopping now."
Another shared their “family tradition going for many years” of mixing raw beef, onions, salt and pepper and serving it on mini-rye bread.
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They added: “Buy it special cut and ground fresh from a local small town butcher.
“No problems in over 60 years of eating it. Wisconsin tradition with a brandy old fashioned.”
Some were curious about why this was deemed unsafe when steak tartare also uses raw meat.
An informed person replied: “Bacteria mostly live on the surface, of meat.
“Tartare is commonly seared at least, making it safe.
“When you grind, the surface now becomes the inside, the outside, all sides.”
Others disagreed and thought the dish was a health hazard.
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“I mean I've had steak tartare prepared at a restaurant before but not like, just some store bought ground beef raw on bread,” commented a dissenter.
“Probably fine if they buy a steak and grind it at home with a really clean grinder, but based on the replies, best of luck to WI this Christmas.”
A butcher backed them up and added: “This is a normal thing here in WI, and I worked as a butcher for 10 years, so I’ve seen a f*** ton of this.
“If you use completely lean meat (no fat at all) it’s ‘fine,’ but it’s dumb as f*** and it also sucks and tastes bad.”
Meanwhile a Brit joked: “Bookmarking this Tweet for the next American who says Britain needs to be destroyed because we sometimes eat beans on toast.”
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