Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oh Meat...

I just wanted to clarify. In my last post when I said I hate meat, what I mostly meant is I despise touching raw meat so I have a hard time cooking it.

Seriously. "Hard time" is the understatement of the year.

I grew up in a vegetarian family, so... not a lot of meat handling going around.

I distinctly remember the first time I had to touch raw hamburger meat. My husband at the time.... oh that's right my friends, it wasn't till I was 20... was late from work and we were having a party, since meat prep was always his job, I Was Screwed . I ended up putting on a pair of those yellow dish washing gloves and trying not to throw up. It was a close call.

I am fine eating meat. As long as it is fully cooked and I don't think about it too much. But I still have a hard time cooking it. I've gotten a little better, but Jerad still does 97% of the cooking if it has chicken, pork, or beef... even fish I have difficulty with. That's why I like the crock pot for meat -- minimal touchage -- dump it in, sprinkle in some other stuff, come back in a few hours and its not gross anymore :)

My other coping mechanism is to buy meat, bring it home, freeze it, then cook it from frozen since its really the raw texture that bothers me. This infuriates Jerad to no end since apparently "fresh" meat tastes better. Eh, what do I know, I'm a vegetarian at heart.

Does this freak out anyone else, or just me?


Beth McDermott said...

if touching raw meat doesnt freak anyone out, they are weird. its gross. but oh so tasty on the other end. necessairy evil i say.

Big M said...

It grosses me out...for some reason particularly bacon. I ALWAYS make Larry take it out of the package. Once it's in the pan (whatever it may be), I don't mind moving it around with a utensil, but barehanded is gross. But then one time I decided to make homemade meatballs and so I had to knead raw hamburger...I gagged alot but kinda got over my meat phobia.