Friday, April 23, 2010

Nuggets. Again.

To the commenter on yesterday's post who said this:

Blogger Juliet And Sasha said...

    It's a shame that Jamie is convincing parents to be concerned about all nuggets, even organic (not processed or preserved). There's nothing wrong with making them yourself. Sounds yummy!


I think you missed the point. Jamie didn't make me concerned about nuggets, he reaffirmed my initial concern with the ingredients in processed nuggets. Processed foods, in general, really. For me, making my own nuggets is about being able to better monitor what my child is eating. Even if they chicken being used in factory-nuggets is organic, that doesn't mean that the pieces that go into it aren't kind of gross. If I was concerned about all nuggets then I wouldn't be making more of my own.

It's not just about nuggets, either. I just prefer to know exactly what's going into my food. I also prefer to use meat products that were ethically-raised, and when buying processed meat foods that's just not possible. Does that mean that I don't allow myself to eat junk every so often? Of course not. Do I really think that the pizza I'm going to eat tonight has a hand-made local artisan crust, cheese made from milk produced by ethically treated local cows, and veggies grown on a local organic farm? Not a snowball's chance in hell. If I can make a conscious effort to choose local and ethical products for at least a large proportion of our diet, then I feel good about what we're eating. I would be stupid to think that I could cut out everything. I like my Dunkin coffee way too much.

Speaking of food, did you catch Food, Inc on PBS this week? If you've already read Omnivore's Dilemma then you can probably skip it, but if you're new to Michael Pollan, factory-farming, and the corn controversy, then I'd say it's definitely an eye-opening must-watch. It won't make you want to be a vegetarian, so don't worry about that. It will make you more conscious of what foods you're consuming and the politics surrounding the foods that make it into our supermarkets.


Edited: By "It won't make you want to be a vegetarian," I meant that it's not an anti-meat propaganda piece. He doesn't argue that a meatless existence is the best option. No offense meant to my veggie friends :)

7 comments:

  1. Oh, thank goodness it won't make me want to be a vegetarian - the HORROR! ;-)

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  2. It should say on the ingredients list whether your nuggets are "mechanically processed". I don't think your clarification is necessary because it still seems like (based on what you wrote) Jamie Oliver convinced you to reassess your selection of nuggets, which have all-natural ingredients...

    Chicken Meat, Water, Contains less than 2% of the Following: Evaporated Cane Juice, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Rice Starch, Sea Salt, Spice. Battered & Breaded With: Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar), Garlic Powder, Yellow Corn Flour, Yeast, Onion Powder, Spice, Sunflower Oil, Extractive of Turmeric. Breading Set In Expeller Pressed Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil and/or Safflower Oil. Contains: Wheat and Soy.

    Those ingredients are nothing like the crap that Jamie Oliver was mixing into his batch. It's misleading, in my opinion, for him to generalize in such a manner.

    I still think it's great that you're making your own nuggets. Jamie just needs to stick to the facts, I think. And you shouldn't feel guilt about buying those nuggets with delicious all-natural ingredients.

    Colin T

    p.s. Amy is also very conscious about what we eat. It's ironic because seeing that nugget segment made her want to support the natural nuggets that aren't mechanically processed. We have nuggets in the house for the first time in years!

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  3. I think I get what you're saying now, so I apologize if I misinterpreted your earlier comment. I still would prefer to use meat that I know came from an ethically-run farm. I'm not saying that we won't ever use the EB nuggets, non-existent-lord knows that it's hard to find the time to cook real foods with two working parents ;)

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  4. i hear ya on the processed foods. i even gave up on morning star (i'm a vegan) because of what's in it.

    home cooked is the way to go!

    thanks for commenting on my article at our mommyhood. :)

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  7. It should say on the ingredients list whether your nuggets are "mechanically processed". I don't think your clarification is necessary because it still seems like (based on what you wrote) Jamie Oliver convinced you to reassess your selection of nuggets, which have all-natural ingredients...

    Chicken Meat, Water, Contains less than 2% of the Following: Evaporated Cane Juice, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Rice Starch, Sea Salt, Spice. Battered & Breaded With: Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar), Garlic Powder, Yellow Corn Flour, Yeast, Onion Powder, Spice, Sunflower Oil, Extractive of Turmeric. Breading Set In Expeller Pressed Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil and/or Safflower Oil. Contains: Wheat and Soy.

    Those ingredients are nothing like the crap that Jamie Oliver was mixing into his batch. It's misleading, in my opinion, for him to generalize in such a manner.

    I still think it's great that you're making your own nuggets. Jamie just needs to stick to the facts, I think. And you shouldn't feel guilt about buying those nuggets with delicious all-natural ingredients.

    Colin T

    p.s. Amy is also very conscious about what we eat. It's ironic because seeing that nugget segment made her want to support the natural nuggets that aren't mechanically processed. We have nuggets in the house for the first time in years!

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