Posted by Kerry on October 26, 2015
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) reported eating processed meat such as ham, sausage, bacon, jerky, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, canned meat, lunch meat and meat-based sauces causes cancer, while unprocessed red meat may also be carcinogenic. The WHO report said 50g of processed meat a day (which is only 2 ounces of meat or less than 2 slices of bacon) increased the chance of colorectal cancer by 18%. Another problem we are facing with carcinogens in food is how you cook it. You see there have been studies for a few years now that heating meat past 212F causes cancer as well! WHY MUST THEY TAKE ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS FROM ME?!!?!?
I believe in moderation. I don't want to give up my favorite foods but I can always cut back a bit for my health and my family's health. So I googled how to cook meat while keeping it as low in carcinogens as possible. It comes down to a few cooking methods: stewing, steaming & poaching. I understand the idea of steaming a steak seems very weird - I absolutely love grilling a big sirloin on the weekends or smoking a rack of ribs but we aren't talking about getting rid of our grills - just changing one or two meals a week to increase our health.
Here we have a chef who says he absolutely loves steaming beef tenderloin. The bad news is it comes out grey. The good news is, even grey it's delicious, and if the color grosses you out, you can stain them with a nice red glaze as seen below.
Steam is an awesome way to infuse your food with flavor. Take a salmon for instance. You can load up your water with lemon or lime juice, onion, garlic, etc., and let the flavor work it's way into every bite of your food as it cooks! Plus it's super healthy!
And here's a real breakfast treat - the poached egg. I'm not sure if I have ever had a poached egg before but I will be trying it next Saturday morning.
Hopefully awareness keeps us all cooking happily and healthy and it will make those delicious grill & smoker days even more exciting than they already are!