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May 22, 2008

Raw Meat

By Worker Bee
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Raw MeatIt’s about the most primal, albeit not necessarily attractive, image you can conjure: dirty, disheveled, muscular cavepeople in rough animal skins and furs partaking of the uncooked prize from the latest hunting endeavor (or perhaps another predator’s leftovers). Fast forward to today. Our more “civilized,” better dressed, contemporary selves follow the maître d’ and sit down to intricately painted dinnerware and linen napkins to partake of, you guessed it, raw meat. And then pay big bucks for it, to boot. Sushi, steak tartare, carpaccio: they’re considered delicacies of sorts. And while sushi has caught on in the last twenty years or so, Saveur still calls steak tartare a “forbidden pleasure.”

Steak Tartare

For some of us, raw meat of some variety is regular fare. For others, well, it just gives us the willies. Our culture, among the biggest meat lovers, seems to have the hardest time envisioning it in its more “natural” state. We have grills the size of Texas, after all. The closest we usually get to the primal side is using a spit. But raw meat in some form or another has a hold on virtually every other culture. Raw fish dishes, in particular, are common in many Asian cultures. A number of Middle Eastern cultures enjoy recipes with raw goat meat. Inuit cultures eat raw fish and reindeer as a regular and primary part of their diet.

Proponents of raw meat claim that any kind of cooking reduces the healthfulness of meat. And then there’s the issue of cooking-associated toxins like HCAs and AGEs. Yet, let’s face it. We don’t live in primal times. Conventionally raised and mass processed meats carry a higher risk of bacterial contamination (think E. coli and salmonella among others), and that’s serious business.

But not all meats carry the same threat. Those who eat raw meat as a regular part of their diets often seek out small farms and game butchers to ensure healthier conditions and the likelihood of healthier meats to begin with. Sushi connoisseurs choose restaurants that have strict “sushi grade” standards for their fish. The FDA doesn’t regulate that label, but it does require that all raw fish other than tuna be frozen at temperatures cold enough to kill parasites. Some chefs freeze the meat to 70 degrees below zero and claim there’s no detectable difference in taste or texture.

Sushi

Harriet V. Kuhnlein, Professor of Human Nutrition at the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment at McGill University in Montreal believes that raw meat is a healthy option, provided it’s clean: “Every time you process or cook something — anything — you are likely to be losing nutrients at every step. As long as this meat is still microbiologically safe, it is at its best raw or frozen fresh.”

There are a few groups who are strongly advised against eating raw or undercooked meats: pregnant women or those trying to conceive, young children, “the elderly” (not our word), patients receiving chemotherapy or those who are taking immunosuppressant medications, and people with weakened immune systems.

So, what to do if you’re interested in giving raw meat a try? Source matters. We suggest you shop carefully. Ideally, you should know the farmer and the processor. When going raw, cleaner is even more important. Put your meat in deep freeze if you want to have that added peace of mind about parasites. (Freezing is acceptable to most raw foodies, but they do contend that freezing kills the natural enzymes of foods.)

Primal Fusion

Consider using alcohol based dips and especially marinades (port wine, vodka, etc.) that may help kill bacteria. Citrus based marinades are thought to be somewhat helpful in this regard, but don’t count on them to do as much as a good ounce of alcohol. Better to mix the two if your taste calls for it. Finally, if the head is willing but the stomach is weak, try searing the meat and leaving the middle uncooked. Add a flavorful dip, and you’ve got yourself the best of the primal and contemporary in one tasty tidbit. We’ll call it primal fusion.

So, what do you think of raw meat? Thoughts, questions, recipes, raves?

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Paul
Paul
8 years 6 months ago

It is so hard to find good steak tartare in the US anymore. Most trendy places have switched to tuna tartare or some other permutation…but it just ain’t even close.

nichole bijelic
nichole bijelic
2 years 5 months ago

Im really intriqued by the raw diet especially since I have developed so many digestive problems in the past few years and food intolerances.

The Paleo diet seems to help the most, but Im still having issues.
My question is I tried raw liver, by blending it into a smoothie a few times and every time I always feel nauseous for 2 hours after….and then fine afterwards, but those 2 hours are not fun….no diarrhea just nauseous.

also I order from US meats…organic and pasture raised.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Cynthia
Cynthia
11 months 27 days ago
I get raw grassfed beef liver and heart and slice them finely. I soak them in my home-brewed kefir, leave them overnight on counter to begin fermenting a little. Then, I refrigerate and it lasts indefinitely. Before eating a slice, I add some more kefir (the best probiotic around). Nothing I’ve ever eaten that’s had kefir added has ever made me sick and I know that its probiotics are neutralizing any harmful bacteria. Anyway, after a week or so, I start to see some bubbles, which means that some alcohol is forming in the ferment, which helps preserve it further.… Read more »
Choymae Huie
Choymae Huie
13 days 1 hour ago

Thank you. It’s exactly what I’m looking for. i got Pneumonia when I was a baby and for my whole life have been dealing with a systemic yeast infection. I’ve worked with kefir before, but I moved, and don’t see it in the freezer. Tomorrow is the Torrance Farmer’s market and I can get some at the Organic Pasture booth. Would love to see your receipe.

Maria
Maria
8 years 6 months ago

So can the human body process all types of raw (fresh, clean) meat–pork, chicken, rabbit, etc.?

Talya
3 years 3 months ago

Yep!
I’ve eaten elk, pork, boar, moose, beef, oysters, raw organs, raw dairy, you name it. Fresh and frozen, but I prefer fresh. Except chicken, haha. I always thought chicken was gross to eat, and I love my pet chickens. Having pet chickens, I realized just how gross they really were.

John
John
8 years 6 months ago

I’ve recently switched to raw eggs for breakfast. Can’t beat the prep time. Would love to eat raw meat more often, for the convenience alone.

It’s difficult to get a feel for the real risks because there is so much overblown anti-bacterial nonsense going on these days.

Mark Sisson
8 years 6 months ago

Maria,

Humans can handle any and all types of animal flesh. We have millions of years of practice!

Kieba
5 years 3 months ago

Yes, I have been eating raw meats of all kind along with raw eggs and dairy for 5 yrs. Never any ill effects….quite the opposite! Big time energy and optimal health! I have loads of great recipes and all of the campers that come here get somewhat converted in to raw meat lovers! =) “Rawk on” Retro-Raw

Alec
Alec
3 years 4 months ago

Hey,
If you’d be so gracious as to pass on a few of your favourite marinades/sauces/recipes for raw meat (beef, pork, fish)
it would be very much appreciated!
I realize you posted this two years ago haha thanks regardless

Alec
(sublime_dointime@hotmail.com)

christina
christina
3 years 3 months ago

Kieba I would love some recipes and ideas as well!

Heather
8 years 6 months ago
I would love to try raw steak or fish, provided it was prepared in some way. I don’t know if I could just tear it off the bone raw… And I still feel squicky about raw chicken or other birds, but I understand that it’s due to socialization. I’ve been trying to get more comfortable with dealing with meats, really tearing a chicken carcass apart to get everything or crockpotting bone-in meat instead of deboned. I used to live on ramen, and let my DH cook any meat for the most part. But awhile ago I realized that I would… Read more »
shaun
shaun
7 years 3 months ago

I did alot of research on eating raw steak, but i only found speculations from people who havent tried it. Literally ten minutes ago i opened a package of lean steak for pan frying i got from the market, sprinkled some tasty spices on it and ate about four medium size slices, it tasted great. we’ll see how i feel tommorow lol

Primate1
7 years 3 months ago

Good for you Shaun! it takes courage to try raw meat for the first time. Please keep us informed.

Kind regards,

Steve H

Primate1
7 years 3 months ago

Shaun,

:~)

I forgot to ask…are you supplementing with an omega-3 rich source (such as cod liver oil), to address the omega-6 to omega-3 imbalance? That is a good idea if you are eating non-grass fed raw meat. In fact is a good idea regardless of the origins of your meat (and fish) intake.

Kind regards,

Steve

Shigeki
Shigeki
4 years 9 months ago

i’ve been eating raw meats(only chicken and beef) and i’ve never gotten sick from it. but i’ve also been doing so since i was a kid, so my body is used to it, if you’re a first time eater, chances are you might get sick, or you also may be unlucky enough to get a bit of meat that’s infected(paratie, bactieria, virus, etc, people will say you will get sick, but that just shows that they too have fallen prey to the FDA’s lies

Emily
Emily
4 years 6 months ago
I have also been eating raw meat since I was a kid. I remember sneaking it when my mom was cooking; rabbit, lamb, beef, pork, etc. Never could stomach raw chicken.. Texture is too much like boogers for me, but like you, I have never gotten sick from it.. Quite the opposite, it enhances my mood tenfold, gives me lasting energy, and has helped maintain a good healthy weight. I would love to see the social stigma associated with eating raw meat vanish, but until that happens, I will continue NOT telling my partner what I’ve consumed for the day… Read more »
jet
jet
4 years 4 months ago

I do have a question I have been eating raw meat on and off for 6 months, never got sick, but I do get dark circles under my eyes after i eat it??? And it will go away after a day or two? any input anyone?

Sonagi
Sonagi
8 years 6 months ago

FRESH (not frozen and thawed) raw tuna. Maguro. Mmmmm. Flesh that melts in your mouth. Mmmmm.

Nancy S
Nancy S
8 years 6 months ago

I did try sushi and sashimi when we lived in Japan, but didn’t care for the texture.

I used to like my steaks medium. Now I prefer them almost rare, so much more flavor and so tender!

Don’t think I can manage uncooked chicken!

Mikko
Mikko
8 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the article! I’m regular raw meat/eggs/salmon eater and I find it easier to recover at DOMS when I have eaten raw food after gym training instead of prepared. Anyone noticed the same?

markus
markus
8 years 6 months ago

pet cats used to be fed scraps of real food – including raw meat, since the pet food con merchants got in on the act, they discovered that early recipes caused cats to decline in health – they discovered that cooking the meat destroyed an essential protein – purine i believe – so they lived once it was added. of course they don’t consider problem of diabetes and obesity caused by the rice the put in cat (junk)food- ever seen a wild cat eat rice? – me neither

markus
markus
8 years 6 months ago

oops – correction

taurine is the amino acid that is destroyed by cooking meat

so raw meat is more complete – it may even be more easily digested

m

Anna
8 years 6 months ago
Yup, Markus, it’s taurine which is destroyed in cooked cat food. Taurine is abundant in heart tissue, but not skeletal muscle, so even feeding raw meat scraps night not provide enough. I prepare raw chicken (www dot catnutrition dot org for the recipe) for my two cats with a heavy duty grinder, though the heart muscle is often difficult to source in the quantities I need, so I have to add taurine capsules. Plus, cats need calcium from the raw bones to balance the phosphorus in the skeletal meat. That’s why I cut and grind up the chicken, bones and… Read more »
Mary
Mary
5 years 10 months ago
I started feeding my cat a raw food – grain free diet a few months ago, and he has never looked better! Shiny fur, muscular, and bouncing around like a kitten (he is 13)… I got him late in life so he hasn’t always had this type of diet. When I was a kid I loved the taste of raw hamburger….. I was lucky I didn’t get really sick eating it! Now, truthfully I can’t stomach the taste of any raw meat except for Tuna Sashimi, Ahi Tuna and rare beef. So I probably would cross this off my Primal… Read more »
Paul
8 years 2 months ago
I have always eaten my steak basically just warmed up. Then, since finding sites like this and learning more about nutrition in a year than I thought possible and finding a source of true grass pasture raised cow meat, I now occasionally eat straight up raw meat. Not as an actual dish yet, though I don’t quanitfy dishes anymore, but while trimming grass fed sirloin off the bone for marinade once I tasted a piece and didn’t quite stop. Now whenever I prepare some true grass fed I seem to always eat at least a little or more raw, and… Read more »
Sean Carley
7 years 10 months ago

Some Ethiopian restaurants in St. Louis have raw options on some of their dishes. I generally enjoy them but wish they would cut the pieces a little smaller as they can be quite tough.

Greg Parham
7 years 9 months ago

I’ve been eating quality raw beef for 2 months now with no problems. It takes no time to cook, and depending on the cut is very tasty. I’ve been eating grass fed hormone-free ribeye, london broil, t-bone, and few other cuts from Texas Longhorn and red/black angus. I get the longhorn from a local rancher and the cow from Whole Foods. Please visit my blog for documentation of my experiences. Thanks for posting this entry!

Graham
Graham
7 years 9 months ago

I was in Peru a month ago, enjoying their local delicacy “ceviche”, or raw fish, in a good restaurant. Now I’m 11 days into an 18 day treatment for intestinal parasites. Maybe it wasn’t the ceviche. Whatever. I’m not going to die, but I have missed 4 weeks of the cross-country ski season. For me, eating raw meat is not worth the risk unless you, probably like Grok, saw the meat killed with your own eyes. Modern raw meat travels from somewhere, somehow, killed by someone, killed some unknown time ago, to your table.

Bettina
Bettina
5 years 8 months ago

What program are you doing? Every other program I run into says I should pretty much fast on water and prepare for lunacy? Any advice? =)

Mark Sisson
7 years 9 months ago

Graham, good point. Sorry to hear about your experience. That’s certainly a possibility when traveling abroad – or even in the USA for that matter. I wish you a speedy recovery.

GeriMorgan
7 years 7 months ago
I’ve noshed on raw meat a time or two (mainly for the lulz), but until recently I hadn’t had it as part of a meal. The other day, though, my little brother and I went backpacking. We brought a picnic lunch, which for reasons of convenience I decided to make (and keep) cold. Well, as one may imagine, this provided a bit of a problem – the Primal diet does not enable one to eat things like lunch-meat sandwiches, and well-cooked meat is positively disgusting when cold. It was the perfect time for some Grok-style raw meat. I heated a… Read more »
Gino
Gino
5 years 2 months ago

Gotta try Alton Brown’s method for easy beef jerky. No cooking required just marinade and dry. Doesn’t matter if its hot, cold, or raining, delicious beef is ready for consumption

Maya
Maya
7 years 4 months ago
I remember as a baby back in Siberia I was delighted to have small cubes of raw horse liver. So much so in fact I would call it chocolate (as acquiring actual chocolate was luxury even the well off could scarcely enjoy) Another dish we enjoyed in the old country was Stragonina, the absolute freshest fish one can imagine. Caught in pristine rivers in the dead of winter through holes in the ice, frozen moments later in the cold conditions, then brought home and enjoyed, still frozen, by shaving off slivers of flesh and letting it melt in your mouth.… Read more »
Gina Cervantes
Gina Cervantes
6 years 10 months ago
Raw horse liver questions. Was it refrigerated, or frozen, or quickly seared? Did it have any kind of seasoning, or sauce? Is raw beef liver comparable at all? Practically everyone seems so against eating horsemeat in the U.S.A. nowadays. My family owned horses and cattle and even though I love horses I don’t understand why they are so against eating horsemeat here now. I admit I wouldn’t particularly want to eat my favorite riding horse but I don’t see anything wrong with eating horsemeat. I would eat it if it wasn’t an individual horse that I was emotionally attached to.… Read more »
Marshall Lentini
Marshall Lentini
5 years 4 months ago
Is eating horsemeat common in Siberia? I think a lot of horsemeat is eaten in France. They eat horsemeat throughout the Pyrenean belt, because this region was one of those in which, during the last descent of the ice-sheets onto the Continent, the horse was domesticated by the men with white skin. Such is the Magdalenian Culture. Real “Paleo” men. We would not even exist if it weren’t for our ancestors eating horsemeat, for only the horse — as we see in certain Siberian tribes who subsist this way today on the reindeer, and are themselves the ancestors of the… Read more »
Primate1
7 years 3 months ago

I’ve been eating raw meat, raw fish, raw eggs for some years now, and love the stuff. So practical too…grab and eat.

I don’t have ready access to grass fed meats, so it has to be regular meat bought from the local butcher. I balance the omega-6 bias in such meats with omega-3 from cod liver oil and regular oily fish consumption. Grass fed is definitely better, without a doubt.

Kind regards,

Steve H

Lesley A
Lesley A
7 years 17 days ago

What a great site this is and what great contributions as well.
I don’t eat a lot of red meat but I am thinking of going raw when I do. This site has helped me heaps. Thank you.

Maria
Maria
6 years 11 months ago
Hah! Whenever I hear someone talk about eating raw meat, it’s in the same sentence as “crazy”. I personally love the taste of raw beef. I used to sneak into the kitchen and steal some off my mom’s cutting board when she wasn’t looking (in hindsight, a dangerous stint since it wasn’t properly decontaminated). Never got sick from it, though. But I’ve never admitted this craving to anyone for fear of sounding… well, crazy. One way I can pig out on raw stuff is having sushi (about once a month, I don’t like the fact that it’s wrapped in white… Read more »
Diana Renata
6 years 11 months ago

I finally took the step into eating raw meat. I got some venison backstrap and instead of cooking it, the thought to just eat it raw overwhelmed me. OMG, it was SO GOOD!

I have grass-fed beef in the freezer. I’m really looking forward to eating it raw. I also have pastured(wild) boar, but I’m not 100% sure it’s safe.

Candace
Candace
6 years 11 months ago

Raw beef doesn’t actually taste like much of anything… it’s bland but has got a coppery smell (I suppose that’s the blood) which is actually pretty enjoyable, it’s only the stringy, slimy fatty parts that are hard to eat raw. Chicken breast raw is almost the same as cooked, just a slightly different texture. Raw fish (depending on the species) often tastes much better than it does cooked.

noah
noah
6 years 9 months ago
Just a quick anecdote from a lurker cum practitioner: 4 or 5 years ago I bought some pancetta and some other meats in the ‘fancy italian’ section of my local store. Had just landed a decent job and wanted to treat myself. Well, over the weekend I ate a pound of pancetta raw, thinking it was cooked and meant to be eaten that way. Literally when I was chewing on the last slice I read the back of the package that said how you must cook before eating! So, 2 days, 1 pound of raw pork, no problems. Granted, not… Read more »
noah (another one)
noah (another one)
6 years 9 months ago
I have always had an urge to eat meat raw when I was cooking food. Didn’t matter what it was, with the exception of chicken since i dislike the texture either way. But it simply tastes better, richer and if you want to get fancy with it, do a nice tar tarre topped with a raw egg yolk. Points worth considering. 1)Bacteria is found on the surface of the meat, the inside is sterile. If you worry about bacteria, cut off the outer layer, it only has to be a carpaccio thin slice. Always..ALWAYS mince your own beef, always. When… Read more »
noah (another one)
noah (another one)
6 years 9 months ago

I wanted to add; If you cannot look your dinner in the eyes you should not eat it.

it works on several levels, really.

pedantic
pedantic
6 years 8 months ago

you said that cooking ‘kills’ the enzymes.

I would just like to say that enzymes aren’t alive, so they can’t die.

Anyway, eating raw meat seems really stupid. For thousands of years humans have been eating meat cooked, we just aren’t adapted to eating it raw anymore.

noah
noah
6 years 8 months ago

It breaks down enzymes, they become defunct, useless, a problem, feel free to take ap ick if dead does not work for you.

We have been adapted to a raw everything diet for millions of years before we took on a new fancy, which in the real time scale, is but a couple of hours ago. Our biology has not changed radically since we came out of the tree/out of the water/god created us.

pjnoir
pjnoir
6 years 8 months ago

Cooking not only separated us from animals but helped develop the human brain. Cooking is not a hap hazard option. Raw is not always a good thing, if ever.

Krystal
Krystal
5 years 3 days ago
Cooking developed the human brain? I think your brain’s been cooked!! I eat supermarket steaks blue rare, all you need is a good high-heat fryer and you get full flavor that is (almost) as good as raw. If I have the time and energy, I drive out to the only meat processer that I personally trust with my raw cuts, and treat myself to a beautifully raw steak. I’m a huge lover of raw salmon as well. I haven’t made it to poultry yet, mostly because my “guy” doesn’t do any poultry, and I’ve never plucked a chicken, so I… Read more »
noah
noah
6 years 8 months ago

Cooking is what seperates us from animals? Our brain developed because of cooked food? are these things you would like to prove, because I know each of these claims to be -at their best- misleading.

NSWM
6 years 5 months ago

I’d love to hear more about your experience! How long have you been eating raw meat for? Do you have a website/ journal?

vdh1979
6 years 8 months ago

I had steak tartare once when I went to Poland and it was AMAZING. I’ve never seen it in the US. I’d eat it right now if I could! 🙂

Cristy
Cristy
6 years 6 months ago
I have to chime in here – (advisory of some sort – don’t read if you’re squeamish.) last winter my uterus went crazy and tried to kill me. So, I basically bled continuously from February until June when I had the hysterectomy. During that time, (and for the first time EVER for me) I CRAVED raw beef. CRAVED!! So – I ate it. (Now,you should know that I live in a ranching community, and buy beef by the half from friend-ranchers – slaughtered off grass, processed locally, if that makes a difference) Tartar, slivers from the steak before cooking, bits… Read more »
Montblanc
Montblanc
6 years 6 months ago

So tell me, is it actually safe to eat raw chicken? Most of modern day society will say you must be absolutely crazy to eat raw chicken. The risks of getting salmonella and such are incredibly high aren’t they?

Marshall Lentini
Marshall Lentini
5 years 4 months ago
Most of modern society consumes cupcakes and dozens of cans of Diet Coke per week. Pastured raw chicken is safe. Industrial raw chicken is not. This relates to how the animals are raised. If the chicken was raised hurriedly, given grain to eat, injected with whatever sinister concoctions and placed beneath another chicken to be shit on, probably one would not be safe eating its carcass. A pastured hen is another story altogether. It pecks around for buggies, it shits on the ground and is not shit on, and the one major risk factor is ingesting grass or browse contaminated… Read more »
Primaldirico
Primaldirico
6 years 6 months ago

I loved eating my steak blue rare but now knowing I can eat it right off the cow sign me up. Don’t know if I’m too keen on the raw chicken concept little worried about the sickness not cool. But show me the sushi and the beef

Grok on

suvetar
suvetar
6 years 5 months ago
Ah – yes! My kind of subject! I love raw cow muscle meat. I can definately tell the difference in how I feel after consuming raw meat vs. cooked. Raw makes me energetic after consuming it and I have to eat less to feel satisfied. When I consume cooked meat I get slightly tired afterwards. Bovine meat is the only meat I can consume raw, I can’t get over the fear of parasites in chicken, fish and pork so I cook all those. And a smoothie made of raw goat’s milk + raw egg yolk (drain the whites) + 1… Read more »
NSWM
6 years 5 months ago

Woot for Montreal 😀

Man, oh man, I’d eat steak tartar all day, every day!

Maria
6 years 4 months ago

Used to eat Tartare growing up in Austria.The butcher would grind it right there in the shop,on a smaller grinder,than the one used for regular-
ground ( so,no extra fat !),mix it with raw egg and onions,salt and pepper, on rye-bread : GOOD!!!Eat raw eggs nowadays
only if they are pasteurized,(Salmonela
danger).

Tianna
Tianna
4 years 11 months ago

If it’s been pasteurized, it has therefore been cooked and all the benefits of eating it raw have therefore been destroyed. Pastured chickens, in a clean environment will lay clean eggs. (Little to no salmonella danger.)

LukeOZ
LukeOZ
6 years 4 months ago

I loves me some RAW meat!! I find it’s several orders of magnitude more tender, tastier, easier to digest—just SUPER YUMMY!
Just a bit of salt, pepper, and a touch of chili.
Of course Mark’s exhortations on evaluating quality sources apply–I don’t do feedlot meat raw. I also make beef ceviche quite a bit–yep, lemon juice, tomato, cilantro, garlic & some spices–let it marinate for 20 inutes or so. Magnificent!

randalland
randalland
6 years 4 months ago

Raw beef and fish I like….pork and chicken….I don’t think so (they’re filthy).

AmandaS
AmandaS
6 years 3 months ago
I’ve tried raw lamb liver, raw fish and raw chicken. My naturopath picked up some parasites that weren’t agreeing with my body (whipworms). My guess is it was the chicken. Apparently most store bought chickens undergo some kind of quick boiling process (a slow-food friend of mine learnt this from conversations with chicken farmers- Australia) I loved the raw fish though, it tasted salty. It wasn’t yet 24hrs old. I’d never have raw pork, there’s a lot more risk there. Sally Fallon (from book Nourishing Traditions – highly recommended)strongly encourages eating good quality raw meat but freezing it for two… Read more »
Brian
Brian
5 years 11 months ago

I went tot he store tonight and bought a half pound of Atlantic salmon…cut the skin off in a very thin slice…cubed it and ate it raw. Very good. I am ok with eating raw beef, but I like it room temp…not cold.

RayDawg
RayDawg
5 years 10 months ago

I think you might want to avoid Atlantic Salmon, AFAIK, it’s farmed, which means things like sea lice and the pesticides used to get rid of them, lack of access to what Salmon normally eat, toxins from the feed, artificially colored, lower Omega 3’s, though it has higher fat (which means worse O3:O6 ratios), etc.

Go for Alaskan instead if you can get it.

Kate
5 years 8 months ago
Love my steak blue rare, with nothing more than a quick flash-sear in a scorching hot, bacon-greased cast iron skillet, some kosher salt and black pepper dusted over the surface before throwing it in for a few seconds on each side. Flash-sear the outside, barely warm in the middle. I cook good, locally pasture-raised pork chops the same way. RAWR indeed. Tartare is maybe my favorite treat in the world. Raw fish, cold-cured pork in the form of prosciutto, etc. I haven’t been able to look rare poultry in the proverbial eye, but haven’t seen much indigenous cultural support for… Read more »
Marshall Lentini
Marshall Lentini
5 years 4 months ago
but if primal eating is good for me, shouldn’t it be good for baby, too, assuming primal sources of clean, whole foods? There’s a comment above from a woman who had a uterine problem which caused her to bleed excessively, thus losing iron, which gave her cravings for blood, essentially. Menstruation itself has been implicated in uterine cancer in that this periodic sloughing of the uterine wall encourages excess cell-growth, and statistically, the more cells that have to compensate for a wound, the likelier they are to make mistakes in copying and cause cancerous growth. So, though I don’t know… Read more »
Jon
Jon
5 years 7 months ago
At least in the past several thousand years (in civilized cultures) most peoples have eaten grains. There’s evidence of flour from 30,000 years ago. Few people in the past could afford to eat meat. The animals were worth more alive. Only the rich were able to eat them. That’s not the case today, but it was back then. When you rewind back further to hunting and gathering you see more meat eating, but we’re not the same kind of people we were back then. Our brains were mostly the same, but other things have changed. I would say we’re moving… Read more »
mixie
5 years 7 months ago
It won’t go away because we’re not herbivores, and not built to subsist entirely on herbivorous foods. Our digestive tract (not “track”) is that of a predatory omnivore, not that of a ruminant or hindgut fermenter. Survival situations where a soldier may not have experience carefully handling and cleaning a carcass, and likely to eating wild animals which may or may not be carrying parasite loads (etc) are different than normal life, where we can know our meat is clean and healthy, fed on a biologically-appropriate diet, and handled with care to prevent cross-contamination. It just makes sense. But hey–no… Read more »
Marshall Lentini
Marshall Lentini
5 years 4 months ago
Bravo! He had some real points — re freezing temp and biological differences — but the rest is homily. What about the theory that mankind was shaped in the crucible of rapid climate variation in the Afar, where a plethora of bipedal hominids flourished and went extinct? They would not have had constant access to the SWPL omnivory that’s held up by Pollan & co. One should not mistake Whole Foods for nature. The truth is that these urban browsers want to push their mode of life upon us because we are a threat to them. Any loss of citizenry… Read more »
BillP
BillP
4 years 6 months ago

What a load of paranoid B.S.; no one is pushing their mode of life on you, unless you let them. The way of life today is ‘marketing’; if you don’t buy into it, you won’t be a victim. There is no ‘agrarian-capitalist war’ (what inflammatory phraseology!) against pastoralists (who are nearly as far from hunter-gatherers as agriculturalists), someone just wants their land.
Tone it down a bit.

Tianna
Tianna
4 years 11 months ago

Why are you on a Paleo site recommending grains, even if it is unrefined?

Kirsten
Kirsten
5 years 2 months ago
I want to start eating raw meat I know that thats how we were meant to get our energy, every time i have meat in a meal i am just disappointed and dont even want to finish the meal, this may sound weird to some but the only meat i ever want to eat is raw. does anyone know a good place to start? I have a very strong stomach and rarely get sick any ideas? oh and i do not have access to grass fed just normal grocery store ( i can get grass fed elk though but it… Read more »
Lori
Lori
5 years 1 month ago
The teeniest morsel of raw lambs liver (beef is a much stronger flavour). You mentioned elk – I’ve not had that, but I did get a very nice piece of venison liver which had a stronger flavour than that of the lamb, but it was still very pleasant. Believe me, the first bite is the hardest and then you wonder why you hadn’t tried it before! Ground/Minced meat is very nice too and a great place to start – just make sure it’s very fresh, of course, due to bacterial contamination worries. In both cases, however, I would not buy… Read more »
Lori
Lori
5 years 1 month ago
I enjoy the odd bit of sushi or smoked salmon, raw lambs liver, home-made beef jerky or corned beef and some ground/minced beef from the local butcher (who pretty much makes it to order on the day, so not much risk there.) I also start the day with an egg-yolk and viili (similar to yogurt) smoothie. And though perhaps the salmonella risk of raw chicken might be dealt with by source/preparation (and salmonella is a known bacteria with standard treatments), I do think that raw pork is simply too dangerous. I read up about trichinosis (the parasite that can infest… Read more »
Alex
Alex
4 years 10 months ago

Check out http://www.rawpaleodiet.com

I’ve been eating raw meat for some time. Fish, beef, veal, lamb, buffalo, eggs, organs and muscle meats.

I feel great. It’s incredible..

Shadow
Shadow
4 years 10 months ago
I have been on a raw paleo diet for almost 8 years now…I eat nothing but raw meat and raw/fermented produce. In all of the years on this diet I have never gotten sick from eating raw meat. I have a genetic condition called Grave’s, an aging disease. I almost died twice from it before getting on this diet. At 32 I looked in my 40’s. Now I am 45, and people seriously think I am the same age as my 23 year old daughter. All my wrinkles disappeared, I have perfect body tone and elasticity, perfect skin, incredible energy,… Read more »
Chris
Chris
4 years 3 months ago

Hi I was just interested in hearing more about your experiences with eating raw meat. I’m about to start taking it up and would love to hear about favorite recipes, organ meats and just raw meats in general. Thanks. -Chris

Michael
Michael
3 years 7 months ago

I curious to learn more about salmonella that way you talk about it. Can you help?

Qommon
Qommon
4 years 10 months ago
I used to eat raw meat, I would leave it out in the air for a couple hours or days depending on the ambient temperature and never had any problems with sickness. In fact, I found the meat to be at it’s tastiest with just a little white mould forming on the surface. I stopped eating raw because if I had any cooked protein I would throw up or have diarrhea for a couple days. This made social eating a bit of a problem as not many people want to be near you when you chow down on an aged… Read more »
shaterox
shaterox
4 years 10 months ago

Raw meat?
Look that.
http://www.wewant2live.com

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