White Castle Burgers Back In The 50's

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  1. Marie Mallery

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    We had a Burger Chef in West End an Atlanta community. We teens hung out at it.We heard they were selling horse meat and closed them up.
    We liked The Krystal Burger .
     
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    There is a chain of burger places called Fuddruckers. The meat is ground on-site and the buns are baked on the premises. They have a huge fixin's bar, with things like jalapeno peppers and melted cheese in the pump dispensers, in addition to a variety of pickles and tomatoes and lettuce and mustards and ketchup and catsup.

    They opened their first one near me (in Annandale VA) in the mid 1980s. At the time, they butchered the beef on site. As you stood in line to order, you looked through a huge waist-level window into the refrigerated meat locker and saw the hanging sides of beef and the guys in their white lab coats and white hard hats trimming off the meat. At some point along the way, they boarded up those windows with pieces of plywood. I don't know if they stopped butchering on-site, or if the "All my meat comes from a factory so please don't show me reality" crowd put a halt to it, or both. It was fascinating while it lasted...and it's still very good food.
     
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    I love how those types of rumors get legs. You know, I believe they eat horse meat in France (cheval), unless the rest of the world told them to stop.
     
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    Probably. I think it is served more so than we know. I know hamburger meat hasn't tasted right for decades now nor is the consistency the same much less the fat content.
    I've cooked hamburgers all my life but only in past few decades have I had to add grease to the stuff.
    Remember the 'juicy' burgers, well not anymore.
     
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    Well at least you knew it was fresh. whatever it was. Just kidding.
     
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    It happened in Europe in 2013. Link

    But since horse meat is legal, the concern there was that it was not declared properly on the package, and because of those lax controls, meat from sports horses "could have" found their way into the chain...those horses are drugged. I am unaware of it happening here.

    I don't really cook with ground beef enough to have noticed a difference over my lifetime. I do know that a good burger requires about 20% fat content.
     
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    Hubby likes one now and then now that steak is basically out of the question. We do manage roast and make meals to freeze out of them. Potatoes,carrots, onions and meat thaw out nicely.
     
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    I never thought Fuddrucker's lived up to the hype; there are several of them in the Houston area that have been here for years. I remember the "meat ground on site" thing but I don't remember ever seeing hanging sides of beef... just butchers grinding and cutting up meats through the window. They had a cold case where you could buy cuts of beef, too.

    We passed a Fuddrucker's with every trip we made to the Medical Center last year. They are still doing a booming business in that location.
     
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    I guess you know they originated out your way.
     
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    Never fear You can still fill your bucket list. Here they sell White Castle burgers frozen in a box of 10(?) at Aldi.
     
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    Ken said the frozen ones are gag-worthy. :D
     
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    I remember the White Castle waitresses bringing your order out to your car and placing it on that little tray that she attached to the window! Great memories!
     
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    We got our first White Castle location here in Central Florida last year. People stood in line for hours to get in.

    I really miss those "armpit burgers" as we used to call them, but I haven't been yet to the new location.
     
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    I ate a White Castle burger......once, as a kid, and that was all she wrote! Gag me!
     
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    Yes, but like all frozen items they are tasteless.
     
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