steakSome things in life can be utterly disappointing. Take, for instance, after slaving away in the kitchen for a whole afternoon, ensuring that everything is cooked just as the recipe instructed and all that sweat goes down the drain as soon as everyone takes a bite of the exotic beef goulash. Slowly the chatter dies down and chewing becomes unsure. You, as well as they, are all thinking the same thing: ‘hmm….doesn’t really taste like beef.’ Of course, the whole afternoon wasted on cooking horse meat is not only disappointing, but also very disgusting.

The recent British scandal of how slaughterhouses were selling horsemeat and mislabeling it as beef shocked many consumers worldwide so much so that some decided that they would never eat meat again. It is sad that beef has now become a generalized term for any meat from a four-legged creature. So, how exactly can we be sure that we are getting exactly what we are paying for?

For starters, we could always buy meat from a local butcher whom we can trust and rely on to answer truthfully when asked questions about his business and the origin of his products. Others may opt to buy their meat from farmer’s markets where there is the possibility of meeting and chatting with the producers. For those who simply have to shop in the supermarket, perhaps they may consider not to rely too much on big brands and place their trust on meat that has been independently inspected.

As for those who are still septic, vegetarianism could be an option. Avoiding meat altogether may be a drastic choice for some but for those with the willpower to give up on beef burgers and beef pies, it’s a recommended choice. Besides, being the lent season, one is provided with the perfect opportunity to start the vegan lifestyle. In addition, if you are privileged enough to own your own cows, you will definitely be safer than most.