June 1, 2011 6:49 PM Subscribe
I have been eating meat again for the first time in five years and could use some clarification about issues from omnivores of metafilter as I have been really anxious and paranoid about several issues relating to meat consumption. Thanks.
For background, I was a vegetarian who decided to eat meat again so that I could eat locally and solve some health issues that have come up.
I buy 90% of the meat I eat from a pasture farm close to me and purchase the rest from the organic/wild caught meats section at the health food store. I cook almost all of my own food.
I am very paranoid about food poisoning/ecoli/parasites. I use a meat thermometer on everything I cook
1) I am very paranoid that when I cut or prepare something that somehow little tiny specks of raw meat juice will splatter somehow and I won't see it, I'll come into contact with it later*, and poison myself. How reasonable or not is this fear?
*for example, I'm preparing raw meat and get juices on my hands. I pick up a bottle of soap to wash my hands and the juice from my hands transfers to the outside of the bottle of soap. later I touch the bottle of soap without washing my hands for some reason.
2) Is there any truth to the idea that if I choose to eat pork I am more likely to become infected with parasites? I would only be purchasing pork from the local farm, never from the store. I have read from multiple sources that pork just has a lot more parasites than any other kind of meat and is just a lot more dangerous no matter what. If that is the case, I would like to avoid pork.
3) how you are supposed to clean off a meat thermometer between uses on the same piece of meat if you test it multiple times? Have a solution of bleach water nearby for soaking it in and then rinse? Or just rinse it off in the sink between testing times?
4)If you could describe the meat safety culture in your household and how that works I would appreciate that. How you handle/store/thaw/freeze/cook/prepare your meat and meat products.
5) Any other information you think would be helpful!
Thank you so much for any response you can give!