So I do feel a bit silly asking this, but here goes nothing..
Last night I had dinner with a friend at Ribs & Burgers. I ordered a plain beef burger and asked for it to be very well done..as I am paranoid about listeria, toxoplasmosis etc.
When it was brought out, I immediately cut the burger in half to check how well cooked it was...found the middle of the mince patty to be raw and pink. My friend had a look and it actually looked like the meat was frozen and then cooked, as the meat was actually quite flakey and raw, rather than juicy and raw bloody.
I sent it back, the staff were apologetic and said they would make me another fresh burger. So the second one comes out..again I cut the burger in half and although the middle was mostly browned, there were flecks of pink meat. I cut around the entire middle of the burger to ensure i didn't eat any pink parts and then I ate (most) of the rest. My friend again comments on how it appears they are using frozen patties, as the burger was extremely well done on the outside with a fairly unjuicy, flakey middle- an indication in her opinion that the meat was frozen.
So my questions are:
- strange question, but for any bubhubbers in hospitality or with the know-how, is it likely the meat had been stored frozen first based on the appearance and texture of the meat? I imagine most of these places would freeze for longevity.
-Although I didn't eat the pink parts, if the meat was hypothetically contaminated, I believe I could still get sick with things like toxoplasmosis if the raw meat contaminated the cooked parts after i cut it?
Chances are, I'm totally fine and being crazy (according to my husband) but I guess the paranoid mother-to-be in me can't help it. I'm 24 weeks at the moment...and usually quite logical but pregnancy has made me slightly anxious and paranoid!