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The Colors of the Meat

Gassed Meat (left) and Ungassed Meat (right)

Have you ever noticed that beef at the grocery stores is usually bright red? Do you think it's because the meat is very fresh, and you tend to choose the brighter colored meat? It's true the very fresh cut meat is red, but it's impossible that they stay the same for many days after that. If you have ever purchased meat from a small farm or a local butcher, you must know that the color of the meat doesn't stay bright red for a long time. Once meat gets exposed to the air, oxidation begins which gradually turns the red color of the meat to a more unappetizing brown or grey color within just a few days. However, it doesn't happen to the meat at the grocery stores. Do you know why? In fact, as much as 70% of meat sold in stores is treated with carbon monoxide to preserve its fresh-looking red color. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, toxic gas that is nearly impossible to see, taste, or smell. It's emitted from automobile exhaust pipes, gas-powered lawn mowers, chimneys, gas stoves (if not used properly), poorly ventilated space heaters, and charcoal grills. The industrialized meat industry (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations - CAFO) claims that because it is difficult to keep meat at the proper temperature in grocery store coolers, it must be treated with carbon monoxide, called "modified atmospheric packaging" (MAP). However, the washugyu beef that we offer at Maido is always taken the best care without carbon monoxide. Sometimes, they don't look red, but it means it's natural and better for your health. Our Washugyu features the delicious taste of wagyu, but with a convenience, accessibility, and affordability that you won’t want to miss. Be sure to grab some on your next visit to Maido!

Can't make it to the store? Maido! offers online grocery shopping with options for curbside pickup and home delivery!*

We also offer housewares, stationery, and gifts available at the store, and our online store, Maido! Kairashi Shop, where you can place your order for shipping or store pickup!

*Some restrictions may apply.

Happy shopping. :)


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