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Food you take for granted

I'm going to talk frankly about food, including meat and where it comes from. If you are concerned about or vehemently against eating meat, this might not be the post for you.

I grew up on a dairy farm, and when our 4-H projects had bull calves, we'd raise them for beef. My whole childhood was spent eating all the red meat—the animals were well-treated, they were humanely butchered, and the flavor was incredible. Steak wasn't something fancy you ordered in a restaurant; it was something you had on a random Tuesday night with potatoes and mushrooms. (My parents also did not know how to cook a steak properly, and we ate a LOT of very brown in the center steaks.)

After leaving for college and, later, life in a huge city, I went almost cold turkey off of beef. This was not due to ethical reasons, but due to taste reasons—what I bought/had at the school cafeteria couldn't hold a candle to what I could get at home.


Now that I have a home and an enormous chest freezer, I'm back on beef. My parents continue to raise steers, and I get a delivery once a year (we just loaded up our freezer recently). They've also taken to raising pigs. I never want for protein, which is a luxury unavailable to so many people. I also know exactly how the animals I eat were raised, right down to what they ate at each stage in their development. Again, this is an incredible privilege.

However, I live in an area where fresh fruits and vegetables are difficult to come by at certain times of the year. In winter I would do anything to trade some meat for a tomato that isn't some weird, watery, not-quite-ripened pink. Right now I have an incredible pregnancy craving for corn on the cob, and it's just not going to happen for awhile. So here's my question, GT—what foods do you sometimes take for granted because they're so readily available near you? What foods do you wish you could have all the time? Also, what should I do with all this ground hamburger in my freezer?

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