By Montana Grant

Posted: March 8, 2020

Meat is what’s for dinner in Montana! A grilled ribeye, or other cut, are so good and healthy. When Lewis and Clark ventured west, it was documented that each expedition member would consume 25 lbs. of meat a day. The grocery shoppers were the hunters, that brought home the bacon. Fortunately, there was an abundance of wild game and fish.

We debate which Meat is best. For some it is hand massaged and milk fed Kobi beef. Elk is at the top of the list for many hunters. White tailed deer is a mainstay. Buffalo is delicious if it isn’t overcooked. Every meat eater has their own brand and flavor.

Non-Meat Burgers are a different matter. Why call them “meat” if you don’t want to eat meat? I recently read an article describing the Plant based/ no meat burgers. They cost twice as much and have more additives than regular, REAL, meat.

If you chomp into Burger Kings “Impossible Burger”, this is what you will eat and taste. Water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, potato protein, methylcellulose, yeast extract, cultured dextrose, modified food starch, soy, leghemoglobin, salt, mixed tocopherols, zinc gluconate, thiamine hydrochloride, sodium ascorbate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin e and 12, and artificial meat flavor. Tasters of these non-meat burgers said this non-GMO burger tasted like a hot dog. Others said that the “Burger” was “Totally juicy and groovy for grilling”. Some thought they were wonderful while others hated them.

Other non- burger Burgers list mung bean, apple extracts, cocoa butter, beets, malted Barley, corn starch, Irish moss, peas, and a pile of chemicals that are hard to say, spell, and probably eat.

We can eat almost anything. Revolutionary War Soldiers cooked belts, shoes, and leather when they ran out of food. A Non-Meat Burger would have tasted pretty good to them, at Valley Forge. If you add enough condiments, real veggies, and other flavors and textures, you could make most anything feel like a Burger.

A real Meat burger will always be the best. There is just something about a hot, juicy, Pattie of meat with melted cheese atop. The right spices and add ons make it perfect. Stacked on a great bun and dinner is on.

I don’t know why we need a non-meat burger. Some things are just better left alone.

Montana Grant

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