Current mood: disgusted
Ingredients: Mechanically separated chicken, water, beef, pork,salt, corn syrup, Less than 2% mustard, spices, natural flavorings, dried garlic, sodium nitrite.
The boring but interesting part:
The definition of Mechanically separated chicken: is the stripped carcass of the bird. Stripped as in all meat has been removed and the only thing left is the tissue, immature sex glands and bone. They take this carcass and, at a high temperature, push it through a sieve. This creates a gray past that then can be used in foods.
Sodium nitrite, with chemical formula NaNO2, is used as a color fixative and preservative in meats and fish. When pure, it is a white to slight yellowish crystalline powder. It is very soluble in water and is hygroscopic. It is also slowly oxidized by oxygen in the air to sodium nitrate, NaNO3. The compound is a strong oxidizing agent.
It is also used in manufacturing diazo dyes, nitroso compounds, and other organic compounds; in dyeing and printing textile fabrics and bleaching fibers; in photography; as a laboratory reagent and a corrosion inhibitor; in metal coatings for phosphatizing and detinning; and in the manufacture of rubber chemicals. It may also be used as an electrolyte in electrochemical grinding manufacturing processes, typically diluted to about 10% concentration in water. Sodium nitrite also has been used in human and veterinary medicine as a vasodilator, a bronchodilator, and an antidote for cyanide poisoning.
Okay so now we know all the technical mumble jumble..what it is essentially saying is ALL THE LEFT OVER PARTS OF ALL THE ANIMALS, Pig, Cow, CHICKEN, all jam packed into tiny penile shapes then forced into some Jelly snotty like mixture and then vacuum packed into a can! The epitome of grossness...is grossness a word? Well for today, in Stephanie land, it is.
Isn't it amazing how our taste buds change, how they mature. I remember as a child adoring this canned processed sausages, that we call Vienna sausages. Of course I thought the Government cheese my mom brought home once a month in the cardboard box was heaven sent too.(gag) Those were the days.
But I digress, back to my original thought, Vienna sausages! What can I say? EWE! is what comes to mind. My children are infatuated with the snotty looking, jam packed, processed, wanna be meat! I cant stand it, cant stand the taste, the look and most deff the smell. Its reminiscent to cat food...generic cat food that I am sure even Buster (RIP) would not have touched. Michael claims.."its all protein mom..its good for you" and while i agree its prob a better choice then the sugar glazed honey bun alternative that is sitting on the counter...is it really any healthier put something in your body that you really have no idea what the heaven is in it?.
Someone I once knew sent my son Michael home with a crap load and I do mean a crap load..as in prob 4 dozen or so cans of this repugnant foul smelling "snack food"????? Michael exclaimed as he tauntingly read the can, "they are all beef ones mom" my thought was, and i think i actually said this under my breath, " oh joy at least it was only the left over parts of one animal this time". Needless to say before we even made it through the front door, Michael excitedly opened a can and pulled out one of the disgustingly snotty little penile shaped sausages out of the can and tasted it...then he said to me "mommy these tastes funny". I'm thinking to myself .."no shit...really??" .."maybe, just maybe hes coming in to the light,.....come over to this side Michael, come into the light" yeah right!. He then proceeded to hand me the can, the smell was over powering and I immediately felt like I wanted to gag. When I looked into the can I almost did Gag....sitting there floating on top of the snotty concoction that the sausages are packed in is a lilly pad of green and white...the moldy fat pockets mocked me...as if to say "hahahaha... you thought this could'nt get any grosser didn't you" Dare I say I was thoroughly disgusted . In the end, Vienna sausages won the day, as Michael, who still wanted to eat them, made me promise to pick him up some fresh cans next time we went the store!
Vienna Sausages may have won this(at least as far as my kids are concerned) ...but never will I waive a white flag when it comes to SPAM!- but that's a whole other blog!-one that might bring back memories for those who attended the" Spam on the ceiling lets see what we can mix together to get drunk party." from back in high school at Mario's parents house. that blog still to come another day.