Where can I buy horse meat?

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  1. MickeS

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    Hi all,

    I've lived here in the states for 4 years now and I'm really starting to miss horse meat. It's also called "hamburger meat" in Sweden.

    It's sliced sandwich meat, dark in color, and very very yummy on rye bread. Does anyone know if this is sold under a different name in stores in the US, or where I can order it online? I've asked in a few stores, but they didn't know.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. Richard Travale

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    Umm, although the thought of eating horse seems kind of gross(I'm sure I would try it if I was in Sweden though) I will try and help. My only idea is to go to a farm that raises horses. They may be able to help you and if you have a butcher that is willing to help, you're golden. *Gulp* Good Luck [​IMG]
    Another thought I just had was to try and have it delivered from Sweden.
     
  3. MickeS

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    Richard, I have only found one Swedish site that exports Swedish food to individuals abroad, and they had a very limited selection, that didn't include horse meat.
    I've searched the web for places to buy Swedish food in the US, but the few I've found haven't had horse meat.
    I don't want to buy a whole horse either, I don't eat THAT many sandwiches. [​IMG] Just a few packs of it, it's packaged kind of like ham is.
    There are some other Swedish foods I've been looking for too (a thick, sour milk called "filmjölk", similar to yoghurt that I haven't been able to find in stores here, among others) but haven't found, so anyone with information about Swedish food in the US, please spill it here. [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
  4. Philip Hamm

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    We have a very dim view of horse meat in the USA, we don't eat it. It may even be illegal for all I know. I've never heard of horse meat being used for anything except pet food in this country.
     
  5. ikiru

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    I feel a little ill.
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    I'm sure it's just a cultural thing. Humans eating horse meat is pretty much taboo here.
    I assume it's because horses are like pets to many people.
    You know, I've always wanted to try iguana, but I used to raise them for pets, and I like them too much.
     
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    I was intrigued enough to do some research and it seems that California passed a law forbidding slaughtering horses and the sale of horses to slaughterhouses (other states have followed suit). Also, it seems that there was an increase in demand for horse and goat meat due to the hoof and mouth disease.

    I am a big fan of trying new things (ostrich, buffalo, elk, etc...) but Im positive that horse is on the other side of the line for me.

    Interesting...

    -ikiru
     
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    After doing a quick search on google, I discovered that 4 horse slaughterhouses exist in the U.S. to export meat, mainly to Europe. This is down from 14 about 10 years ago.

    Horse meat isn't even used much in dog food anymore because it is too expensive (apparently nearly $20/pound).

    Not only is it taboo in the U.S., but it is illegal to slaughter a horse for meat in at least 1 state, California. It wouldn't suprise me if other states have passed similar laws.

    Looks like ikiru beat me to it. Anyway, personally, I'd never try it. Horse isn't exactly kosher anyway.
     
  9. Chuck C

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    McDonalds...c'mon, somebody had to [​IMG]
     
  10. ikiru

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    I wonder. Is passing a law forbidding the consumption of horse meat a violation of civil liberties? Can government pass a law telling us what to eat and what not to eat if the item in question does not cause any danger to the consumer?

    Discuss amongst yourselves...

    -ikiru
     
  11. MickeS

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    Damn, Chuck beat me to it!
     
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    Hrm...I think if I ever have the good fortune of travelling to Switzerland, I'll probably get by on a subsistence diet of chocolates. [​IMG]
     
  14. nolesrule

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    MickeS, the map toward the bottom of this page was the only details of the 4 slaughterhouses that I found. But the map confirmed a statement I had read on another website about only 4 remaining in the U.S.
    The map lists the cities, so maybe with a little bit of research you might be able to contact them.
     
  15. MickeS

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    Joe, thanks, I'll give it a try. One of them is in Kaufman, Texas, by the way. [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
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    Yeah, I noticed. That's how most of my family spells it. That's what happens when you come over from Europe at different times.
     
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    I can't help with the horse meat, but this is an interesting topic. I can see how some people would find the idea of eating horse meat disgusting. Personally, I could probably eat it as I've never been around horses and so have never had an attachment to one. Dog meat on the other hand, I don't think I could eat. I'd have to be damn near starving to death to even consider it. Doesn't make much sense, but we humans are funny that way.
     
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    If horse meat is used in taco bell, then give me another grilled stuft burrito please. Those things rock.

    Actually, horse meat is supposed to be pretty good. I have friends who used to live in France and they can't get over the fact that nobody here has ever eaten a horse meat steak.

    That, when combined with the fact that ground beef by law is allowed to have certain levels of rat in it, leads me to believe that horse may not be too bad of an experience for the palate.
     

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