Mystery Meat

I went grocery shopping yesterday. It was time to replenish our dwindling stock of nourishment. We are almost done. Deli meat was all that was left on our grocery list.

So, I am standing at the deli counter looking for my favorite brand of turkey. Well, maybe my second favorite brand. And I did not see the Mesquite Turkey Breast that I really like. I had to either go to another store or settle for my least favorite brand.

I asked Meat Slicer (counter help) if they had Brand B. She sweetly said, “If it is not behind the glass, then we do not have it today.” My better sense told me that I should just say thank you and leave.

Instead, I asked if I could taste the only Mesquite Turkey Breast they had. “Sure,” said Meat Slicer. She proceeded to cut a slice for me to taste. I inspected it, smelled it, and tasted it. With a look of skepticism on my face, I said, “HM! Interesting!”

Excuse me, m’am. Are you sure this is Mesquite Turkey? It really tastes like ham. Meat Slicer inspected the wrapping that came from the chunk of mystery meat and said, “That’s what the label says.”

Reluctantly I said, “OK! I’ll have 1/2 pound sliced just like the sample you gave me.” Meat Slicer proceeds to slice away to complete my order. When she handed me the packaged Mesquite Turkey Breast, she said. “You know, must folks have told me the same thing about that turkey tasting like ham today.”

Moral of this true story.

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, It is probably a duck even if some one labeled it a chicken.

Next time, I think I will go to the store that carries my favorite brand.

Hey, Carol! Is this meat from the freezer chicken or pork?

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.



6 responses to “Mystery Meat

  1. We’ve had smoked turkey that definitely tasted more like ham than turkey. Must be the process used.

  2. ‘Is this meat from the freezer chicken or pork?’
    Depends if Carol labelled it or not 🙂

    There is nothing that annoys me more in shop assistants and that is the answer you received A simple no is far better than the smart alec one (well it is to me)

    It might be an idea to write to the ,manufacturer and complain about the cold cut meat – they would be interested I’m sure. Most are interested in customer satisfaction so you might even get some freebies as a result.
    You never will know if the meat at the other shop would be the same as the one you bought unless you pop in there and have a taste.

    • Cathy, I pack our meat for freezing. Somehow I did not label this one package. It turned out to be half of a pork loin. And it was perfect for Pork Piccata. As for the deli issue, the product tasted good.
      I agree that a simple no would have been a better response from the ‘meat slicer’.

  3. How appropriate. We just got back from a wild game dinner. Elk, venison, wild boar, pheasant, frog legs, and others including that animal in the deer family that starts with ni or something like that.

  4. Yes, nourishment should indeed be the focus of our grocery shopping. Thank you or pertinently reminding. When I buy nourishment, my food intake is so very different….:)

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