Posts Tagged ‘kangaroo meat’

Beef eaters have some new revelations (SMH 10-11 Oct) about their meat choice to chew on. Apparently up to 30% of beef sold in Australia is old cow repackaged as prime produce, and allowed under a Voluntary Beef Retail Agreement, which only requires labelling as “budget”. Old cows are referred to in the meat industry as ‘eight tooth’, since their last teeth erupt only from about 39 months of age. Normally this meat is considered suitable for mince only.

Large retailers not signatory to the agreement have old meat days and shelves are stacked with “specials” of rump, scotch fillet or T-bone, so poor punters think they’ve snagged a bargain. The budget euphemism for old cow meat is of course used all week by signatory retailers. Strangely the Red Meat Advisory Council does not support truth-in-labelling legislation put to NSW parliament.

This beef scam really tickles KC meat correspondent’s funny bone, and the wonderful Orwellian use of consumer key words ‘special’ and ‘bargain’ to perpetrate it, says it all. Ain’t that the udder truth! To consider a healthy beef alternative, check out the benefits of eating kangaroo meat, before you start mooing too.

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Russia has temporarily suspended imports of kangaroo meat from Australia, apparently following contamination concerns. Unfortunately that accounts for 70% of exports, so the industry is in trouble – increasing local consumption is the best short term solution.

We must all step up to the plate (oh, yeah!), and do our national duty. Skippy went off TV generations ago, hopefully leaving only a residual rump (mmm!) of sentimental anthropomorphic tragics worried about eating a cute talking beast. They can be helped with desensitisation treatment, where small exposures to the phobic object are gradually introduced in homeopathic doses.

Kookynie Meat Packers has already swung into action and come up with the perfect new product offering: mini kangaroo kebabs or ‘joey’ snacklets. Branded KKK for Kookynie Kangaroo Kebabs, national distribution will roll out of town once the road grading is finished.

Kangaroo meat is very lean, as all that jumping around keeps fat content low, and tastes a little gamey – in two words, delicious & healthy! KC home science writer’s favourite roo recipe is simply to pan grill a fillet with bush spices until pink inside and served with taties, pumpkin & green beans. Washed down with a drop of pinot, naturellement: bliss!

Coles et al have been selling kangaroo meat for a few years, and price hovers around $15 per kg of fillet, comparing very favourably with other high quality meats. Availability is okay, except when shelves empty due to the small quantity offered, so the old supply & demand equation is not always balanced.

The demand side is our patriotic duty. What could be more Australian than respectfully eating our national symbol? Imagine if the French had beaten Captain Cook in planting a flag here, we’d have happily eaten kangaroo ever since we arrived. The land would’ve been happier too with farms of soft footed jumpers instead of hard-hooved beasts. Environmental conscience jumps (yeah!) ahead with kangaroo consumption. 

C’mon Aussie c’mon: EAT ROO TOO! Good for the country and you too.


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