1970s Meat Zone: The Stomach-Churning World Of Meat Processing Magazine

Meat Processing


Vegans, shield your eyes. You’re about to enter an All-70s-Meat-Zone, and it’s not going to be pretty… in fact, it’s going to be pretty damn disgusting. Unless you have a soft spot for sausage casing production and hog carcass washing, this may get a little bit grisly.

These images come to you from a trade magazine Meat Processing (Vol 16, No 11, 1977). Roll the meat!…


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“Meeting the ever increasing demand for natural casings on a businesslike basis never has been a nice, little neighborhood concept, as those who have tried and failed can attest.”

Yep. The sausage casing biz has always been a cut throat, dog-eat-dog venture. Do you have what it takes? Do you have the…. guts?


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“Automatic Hog Carcass Polisher quickly removes scurf and singed hair from entire carcass…” (insert sound of dry heaving)


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“So you always thought crowns were for royalty. Here’s one for you!” Introducing, the Sausage Crown.




I’d be lying if I said this illustration didn’t trouble me deeply.




Nice to see they took care to make the meat appear sanitary and appealing.




Mmm-mmm. Love me some honey baked ham marinated in erythorbate. Deeelish!


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Strongly considering giving up meat entirely… okay, not entirely, but a little. Okay, not at all. But I’m still repulsed.




Ah, yes. A down-home country cook book, courtesy Griffith Laboratories. They’re still around and have a website – and their food looks a lot more presentable these days.




You almost never see meat advertising today with such a thick layer of fat.




“And with Vista you eliminate sausage problems – discoloration, fat capping, or fat pockets.”




Who wants discolored sausages with fat pockets – when you can have synthetic meat analogues?


The best damned boxed beef bag on the market.




Savortex – the “sausage and loaf improver”. I’ve got to say, my meat saturation levels have been reached….. a few more for the road.


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And finally, the cover of the trade magazine that brought us such glorious images of meat. Until next time.




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