McDonald’s Changes Recipe

Two All-Beef patties..soaked in ammonia…no…wait!   Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has just won a battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world. After Oliver showed how McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise announced it will change its recipe.  A story that has been below the radar in media and industry news reports.  McDonald’s website brags about their veggies but are silent about their meat.


According to Oliver, the fatty parts of beef are “washed” in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. Before this process,  the food is deemed unfit for human consumption. According to Jamie Oliver, who has undertaken a war against the fast food industry:


“Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings.” The pink slime process.  Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?” – Jamie Oliver

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In one of his initiatives, Oliver demonstrates to children how nuggets are made. After selecting the best parts of the chicken, the remains (fat, skin and internal organs) are processed for these fried foods. The company, Arcos Dorados, the franchise manager in Latin America, said such a procedure is not practiced in the region. The same applies to the product in Ireland and the UK, where they use meat from local suppliers.

In the United States, Burger King and Taco Bell had already abandoned the use of ammonia in their products. The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which has allowed McDonald’s to use otherwise “inedible meat.”

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Even more disturbing is that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food. On the official website of McDonald’s, the company claims that their meat is cheap because, while serving many people every day, they are able to buy from their suppliers at a lower price, and offer the best quality products.

In addition, the franchise denied that the decision to change the recipe is related to Jamie Oliver’s campaign.

Walt’s Empty the Fridge Brinner Winner

So I needed to clear out the Tupperware in the fridge.  I started dumping stuff in the pan and came up with a great Brinner Entre.

What I Used:

  • Left over white rice (cooked).  About two cups.
  • Bacon- Six half strips I found in a baggie.
  • Two Eggs
  • Chopped bell Peppers from an omelet prep- About 1/4 cup.
  • Three slices of American cheese.

What I Did:

  1. Cut bacon into inch or so pieces. Toss the bacon in and start that cooking.
  2. Once you’ve got a good pool of bacon grease going, crumble in the rice.
  3. Don’t drain shit.  Keep stirring as the rice browns and the bacon cooks up to where you like it.
  4. Whip up two eggs like you’re gonna scramble them.  I throw in some McCormick “Perfect Pinch” Garlic and Herb.
  5. Pour in your eggs and scramble them in until the rice looks yellow.
  6. Stir in the bell peppers.
  7. Lay the cheese down to cover everything as much as possible.
  8. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  9. When the cheese is melted serve.