Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Chicken SKIN?!?! And how might that be necessary?
I was at Trader Joes last night picking up ingredients for enchiladas for the boy and my dinner tonight. I typically use a sauce from Pavilions thats under $2 a jar and pretty damn good, but in the interest of not wanting to go to two stores I checked out the label on the Trader Joe's brand just to see if it'd be an OK substitute. And OMFG, the ingredients listed not only chicken stock but CHICKEN SKIN. Revolting beyond all which heretofore revolted me.
Meat products lurk in the most absurd places. Scan the label of a Twinkie and you'll find "Beef Fat". I defy anyone to fully enjoy a fluffy little snack cake whilst thinking of Beef Fat. Chicken stock finds its way into such a myriad of items its almost not worth recounting them all. Let it suffice to say though that I've pretty much had to give up on Rice-A-Roni and soups in restaurants.
The exception to the soup rule can be found, oddly, in restaurants in the UK. You would think that crunchy granola Los Angeles would far surpass, say, a miniscule town in north Wales in terms of vegetarian friendliness, but you'd be wrong. In the UK "vegetable soup" is almost never made with meat stock. In fact, one gets quite a few odd looks even inquiring about how vegetarian, exactly, that vegetable soup is. A spade is a spade there. Here, a spade is often a spade with a smattering of chicken and/or cow parts.
Any other vegetarians out there . . . whats the most bizarre place you've found hidden animal ingredients?
(cartoon lifted from www.nataliedee.com . . .hysteria abounds.)