On the back of the horse meat scandal, Kirstie Dolphin took part in a blind a taste test of five different steaks
LIKE many people I was shocked when it was revealed that supermarket chains were selling burgers, lasagnes and other processed foods containing horse meat instead of beef.
I wasn’t disgusted at the thought I’d probably eaten horse but the fact the labels on these foods claimed it was beef.
I don’t like being deceived.
When I first started this blind taste test I thought the horse steak was in fact beef.
It was simply delicious.
It tasted juicy, lean with a lot of flavour, I was sure it couldn’t have been horse.
But I was wrong.
In fact the beef - from a prime Aberdeen Angus cow -was dull, heavy and slightly chewy in comparison.
After my experience with horse meat I’d be happy to eat it again, as well as springbok and kudo, as long as it’s correctly labelled.
But the zebra, although very tasty, was too sinewy for me, so I will probably give it a miss next time.
Most of these meats were bought from Kezie, an online exotic food store based in Berwickshire.
The company guarantees all their meats are from suppliers who actively participate in environmental programmes and are bound by EU welfare regulations.
A Kezie spokeswoman said: “The horses are farmed in Brazil and we have previously used farms in France.
“It is then imported and cut, trimmed, made and packed here.”
For Kirstie's verdict on some more exotic steaks see this week's Free Press.