Horse Meat – Yay or Neigh?

Horse cuts
Given the recent horse meat scandal in the UK and the rest of Europe, I decided I would try this taboo food and see why it is so popular in other parts of the world.

The only way I was able to find horse meat was through a company called Great Exotic Foods which supply various exotic foods via mail order. The idea of ordering meat in the mail was about as appealing as a carpet burn. But with a little reassurance from the company’s website and the conviction of a lemming facing a cliff, I decided to go through with it.

In the end, I was pleasantly surprised by the company’s service. The meat arrived within 24 hours of it being dispatched. It came package in a in a polystyrene box, in which there was a great deal of additional padding. The meat was also vacuum packed and was packaged with dry ice to keep it fresh through transit.

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Horse in packet Horse on a plate

To cook the horse I seasoned it with a bit sea salt and pan fried it in butter. I typically have my steak medium-rare so cooking time was about 5-10 minute. To keep the meal simple I had it with some oven cooked potato wedges and some salad.

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Horse and wedges

The horse was undeniably delicious. Overall it tasted very similar to beef, so much so that I think I would be hard pushed to tell the difference in a blind food test. The differences were very subtle. Horse is a lot leaner than beef and also seemed to have somewhat of a sweetness to it.

Overall, I liked it. I would definitely eat it again. If I were to ever see it on the menu in a restaurant I would probably order it. However given that it’s not readily available, I probably won’t be buying it again due to the inconvenience. It’s undeniably tasty, has a lower fat content and is even cheaper than beef but it’s simply too much hassle to get something that is so similar to beef which I can’t just pick up in the supermarket or local butchers.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience though and have decided that I want to try more food from around the world. Great Exotic Food supplies a whole variety of different meats, such as crocodile, reindeer, camel, springbok and zebra so I think I will start there but I am open to any kind of new culinary experience. So that’s where you come in, let me know some of the best dishes you have had from around the world and I will give them a try. It can be literally anything and as long as I can get it, I will try it.

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Is Horse Meat Back on the Menu?

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Horse walks into a bar. Barman says ‘sorry mate, we don’t serve food in here’

The horse meat scandal has dominated the British media for much of the past few months. While horse meat is not harmful and is eaten in many countries, it is considered a taboo food in the UK. However while the media has enjoyed making a big fuss over the scandal, besides the odd back joke, the general public’s reaction can be summed up in one word: “meh”.

For most, the news that ready meals do not contain what is labelled is as surprising as finding out that they look nothing like the picture on the box. Furthermore it seems most do not seem bothered that they may have consumed a horse burger or two. The biggest annoyance has been the bad jokes that seem like they’re never going to go away.

With public opinion being one of indifference and disinterest, we at Scrummy Yummy have decided that it’s time to sample this forbidden food. It’s time to see if horse should be back on the menu.

A number of phone calls and few google searches later and it seems that horse is actually quite difficult to get hold of. The only supplier we found was one operating through Amazon and so we have had had no choice but to order our meat in the mail. Mmmm… posted meat, can’t wait!

So, that’s it, the horse steaks have been ordered and are on their way. As soon as they arrive we’ll get them cooked and let you know the verdict. If you would like to take part in our horse meat experiment, horse steaks can be ordered from Amazon here.

If you have any suggestions of horse steak recipes, let us know!

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