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    I saw some horse steak at the butcher I go to today and bought it. It was awesome! And it's waaaay cheaper than beef. Is it just as good as beef nutrition wise?

  • #2
    I envy you. We can't get that here in the US. I'd wager it's probably BETTER than beef.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MvEssen View Post
      I saw some horse steak at the butcher I go to today and bought it. It was awesome! And it's waaaay cheaper than beef. Is it just as good as beef nutrition wise?
      Lekker, hoor! Heh. I would just check with the butcher about the source. If they're horses that have been put out to pasture for some time then it's probably fine, but if it comes from recently retired race horses or work horses then they may have been treated with who knows what medicines.
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      • #4
        Oh, and not sure if they're still open, but I used to occasionally get horse steaks here: Klarendalseweg They also sold horse sausage and a few other things. If you're in Arnhem you might want to have a look.

        They are, just found this: http://www.historischklarendal.nl/ernste/ernste.html
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        • #5
          Thanks for the answers, lucky me I geuss!
          And Blackcatbone, I checked the butches site and they are part of a 'marketing board' (think thats the right description) that only allows meat that is sold to be pastured. So it's fine! But thanks for the heads up!

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          • #6
            Now that I think of it. I get nearly all my meat from there. I was worried that I couldn't get my hands on any grass fed meat around here. But the fact that it's all pastured means I'm doing pretty good, right?

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            • #7
              You suck! Horse is illegal for human consumption in the US. Thank you PETA! I've heard it is really good!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jspradley View Post
                You suck! Horse is illegal for human consumption in the US. Thank you PETA! I've heard it is really good!
                Yeah, the more I ask and read the more I start to understand how much different it is for you guys! I thought the American diet and the Dutch diet would be nearly the same. But the more I read the easier it seems to follow PB guidelines in the Netherlands. Fresh vegetables are available in abbundance in every supermarket around the corner, marketing boards seem to arrange for pastured cattle meat only. Our food pyramid also has grains as the biggest part of it, so it's total crap as well. But at least meat and butter are widely accepted here . I feel for you guys with all the trouble you have to go trough just to eat healthy.

                On the other hand, I'd wish the meat prices where as low for us as they are for you. I pay €4,- per lb for that horse meat and €7,- per lb or so for a beef steak! Thats more than $10,- per lb of beef steak!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MvEssen View Post
                  Yeah, the more I ask and read the more I start to understand how much different it is for you guys! I thought the American diet and the Dutch diet would be nearly the same. But the more I read the easier it seems to follow PB guidelines in the Netherlands. Fresh vegetables are available in abbundance in every supermarket around the corner, marketing boards seem to arrange for pastured cattle meat only. Our food pyramid also has grains as the biggest part of it, so it's total crap as well. But at least meat and butter are widely accepted here . I feel for you guys with all the trouble you have to go trough just to eat healthy.

                  On the other hand, I'd wish the meat prices where as low for us as they are for you. I pay €4,- per lb for that horse meat and €7,- per lb or so for a beef steak! Thats more than $10,- per lb of beef steak!
                  My pastured beef steak in the US is $15 per pound simple strip steak cut. Pastured Flank Steak is $9.00lb, Delmonico/Ribeye $16lb

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MvEssen View Post
                    Yeah, the more I ask and read the more I start to understand how much different it is for you guys! I thought the American diet and the Dutch diet would be nearly the same. But the more I read the easier it seems to follow PB guidelines in the Netherlands. Fresh vegetables are available in abbundance in every supermarket around the corner, marketing boards seem to arrange for pastured cattle meat only. Our food pyramid also has grains as the biggest part of it, so it's total crap as well. But at least meat and butter are widely accepted here . I feel for you guys with all the trouble you have to go trough just to eat healthy.
                    Actually I have to disagree with the comparison. Most places in the states have a much bigger variety of fresh veggies, even in the average supermarket. Lots more leafy greens, squash, sweet potatoes are almost universally available and so on. Pastured meat can be an issue unless you're close to a farmer's market or good sized health food store, but in general the abundance is usually greater here, unless you live far from a big city. I do miss the selection of worst, pates, raw ham and cheeses. You can get some good ones here, but much less variety and much more expensive.
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                    • #11
                      Hm, ok. I really have no clue what those all mean, not does trying to translate it help any. The stuff I get for $10,- per lb is translated to rump steak if that sais anything to you?

                      I've read somewhere of prices as low as $1.60 per lb of chicken breast for example, which here would be $3,- per lb.

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                      • #12
                        Oh, in some other thread I started about the supplements here (which are crappy) someone told me they where so low in value here because we really didn't need them. Because the meat and veggies we could get at the supermarkets where very good quality. I geuss you're right about variety, I miss some of the stuff I find in recipes. I geuss it also differs a lot per state for you guys. I can get every different vergetable color in the supermarket though. And I already know where to get my sweet patatoes and other stuff by the time I won't have to lose any weight anymore (soon!). So I'm fine. I like my dishes more meaty anyways! Vegetables fpr me are just something to be covered up by sauces anyways! :P

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MvEssen View Post
                          I saw some horse steak at the butcher I go to today and bought it. It was awesome! And it's waaaay cheaper than beef. Is it just as good as beef nutrition wise?
                          I should think it would be as good.

                          I've had it given me in France a few years ago, but I've never even seen it in England. I think there's a historical reason why it's not generally eaten there, but I can't recall what it is. I think that goes right backódon't think it was eaten in Saxon times (I'll have to check that). By now people would be just used to not seeing it and consequently would avoid it if it did appear on the supermarket shelves.

                          Presumably horses are used for petfood over here, because I suppose the meat wouldn't be wasted. Lucky pets.

                          You're being really genuinely Old Stone Age at any rate. People used to hunt horses for food before ever they began to use them for other purposes, such as riding. That wasn't possible until mutation resulted in a bigger animal. The original animal was far smaller.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MvEssen View Post
                            Oh, in some other thread I started about the supplements here (which are crappy) someone told me they where so low in value here because we really didn't need them. Because the meat and veggies we could get at the supermarkets where very good quality. I geuss you're right about variety, I miss some of the stuff I find in recipes. I geuss it also differs a lot per state for you guys. I can get every different vergetable color in the supermarket though. And I already know where to get my sweet patatoes and other stuff by the time I won't have to lose any weight anymore (soon!). So I'm fine. I like my dishes more meaty anyways! Vegetables fpr me are just something to be covered up by sauces anyways! :P
                            I think it depends. AH started selling more biovlees when I was living there but most of the meat is factory farmed there as well, if it's Dutch. We used to drive to Germany and buy meat there as it was cheaper, also for wild. The Dutch veg tends to be better than the German, so I wouldn't buy that there. I would shop at the toko for variety, sweet potatoes, different pumpkins, some squash and wild spinach.
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                            • #15
                              AH sells nearly every veggies in bio form now . I have a toko even closer to me than a supermarket, but I doubt they have squash and sweet patatoes though. However I can get those at the Makro so no problem. AH is to expensive with bio meat at the moment though, so I searched for a different place to get my meat as I eat quite a lot and I'm a poor student .

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