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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Mouldy Sausages, Boys Meat and Pink Slime

This is Pink Slime, aka Lean Finely Textured Beef.
"Made by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally destined for dog food and rendering, BPI’s Lean Beef Trimmings are then treated with ammonia hydroxide, a process that kills pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli.
The resulting pinkish substance is later blended into traditional ground beef and hamburger patties."

In the US at least, which is where it's kicked up quite a fuss, with Jamie Oliver chipping in and everything - in fact he might have started the fuss.

Anyway, I wonder what the difference is between Pink Slime and Boysmeat. Boysmeat is the substandard cuts that white South Africans used to give to their servants - lips and assholes in other words. The only difference is they didn't wash it in Ammonia first and it wasn't ground up so you can't really call it "finely textured". 

This is what Ernest Cole said about Boysmeat in his great book, House of Bondage.

"Employers must feed their servants and of course they try to get away as cheaply as possible. The standard farem repeated day after monotonous day, is tea, bread, and jam for breakfast, and porridge and boysmeat for lunch and dinner. Boysmeat is the name given to the cheapest, least edible meat the butcher can find, cuts that no white person would dream of buying for himself. Boysmeat may be the neck of a cow, a pig's nose, the hoof of a goat, or some equally unappetising part. The butcher is free to use his discretion. When the lady of the house phones in her weekly meat order she simply says, "send so many pounds of steak, so many pounds of roast beed and, oh, yes, throw in a few pounds of boysmeat." (The "boy", of course, is the male African the meat is intended for. In the eyes of the whites, no African ever becomes a man. Until he reaches his teens he is a pickanninny; thereafter, until he dies of old age, he is merely "boy.") Even boysmeat is served in portions too small to fill the stomach and almost never is it supplemented by such white staples as salad, dessert or a snack between meals. Or even buttter."

People talk about pictures telling lies, but Boysmeat? What about words?

More ersatz food courtesty of Horrible Histories.

 "Oh look, sausages!"



Unknown said...

I don't know where you get your info from but this is the biggest load of BS I have read in my life.
I am 40 year old SA male and have never hear of "Boysmeat". the meat you are referring to is called Offal or "Affal" in afrikaans.


"In South Africa offal is enjoyed by South Africans of diverse backgrounds. Due to the popularity of this dish, it is one of the few customs that white (especially Afrikaners) and black South Africans share." wiki

Remove that racist chip from your shoulder and get a life!!!

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colin pantall said...

Offal is offal - boysmeat is substandard meat. So leave offal out for a few days and it becomes boysmeat. Ernest Cole was photographing in the 1960s so you might be a bit young for that. I also get the idea that boysmeat was for only one racial group - I don't know what colour you are, but that might have an influence on whether you came up against it or not.

colin pantall said...

Have you checked out Ernest Cole's photography, Jet Man, or his tremendous book, House of Bondage.

I highly recommend that you do, because he was an incredible photographer who had a talent for cutting through to the heart of a system at considerable risk to himself.

Check him out.