Nothing is more satisfying than biting down on a cheeseburger when you’re really craving one. And getting McDonald’s delivered to your house when you’re hungover? Forget about it.
Whilst the McDonald’s menu has been tinkered with many times over the years – with vegan additions and new breakfast items being added constantly – its core has stayed the same: burgers, chips, cheese and soda (Chicken McNuggets too, can’t forget about the Chicken McNuggets).
Its creations have inspired many to try and recreate their own little bit of McDonald’s in their own kitchen. Things like cheeseburger spring rolls sound like an absolute treat, and the giant Egg McMuffin is a gift sent down from heaven, but you still can’t beat ye olde Big Mac from the fast food giants themselves.
A lot of people, however, still doubt McDonald’s’ credibility when it comes to the quality of its meat. Many people say that there are gross chemicals or weird parts of the meat used to make their products, but McDonald’s stress this is not true. A recent video will settle the issue once and for all.
Doug Armstrong is a YouTuber that makes a lot of food, cooking and life hack videos for his 250,000 plus followers. He tried to eat 10 cheeseburgers in 10 minutes for his channel and failed. But rather than laugh and troll him, surprisingly, his followers blamed McDonald’s for his failure.
His followers questioned the quality of the cheeseburgers, saying the meat wasn’t 100 percent beef, and that they had added nasty ingredients that would make him sick. McDonald’s weren’t having any of this. They invited Doug to a UK farm to prove that all they used was beef, and even offered him a Big Mac at the end of the experiment. Doug couldn’t refuse.
On the McDonald’s farm, Doug was shown all the cows bred for butchering. The cows are allowed to roam freely and eat well-tended-to grass, “enjoying the sun” as the farmer Sam says. When it get’s particularly cold and wet, the cows are lead into an open barn where they are fed silage (fermented grass). They eat grass until they are put on their “finishing diet” maize.
In the meat factory, forequarter and flank cuts of beef are checked for quality and then ground into mincemeat, similar to the process for chicken breasts in chicken nuggets. The mincemeat is pressed into different-sized patties for the respective burgers McDonald’s make.
Once pressed, the meat is quickly deep frozen and sent out to a McDonald’s. At the restaurant, the patties are grilled in a machine that cooks the burgers perfectly everytime. A little salt and pepper is added, and then the patties are put in their buns and topped with the ingredients for your preferred burger.
If we take a look at a Big Mac like in the video, we see some toasted buns are topped with mac sauce, onions, lettuce, pickles, cheese and patties. It’s as easy as that. Doug was very satisfied with his “made-in-front-of-him” Big Mac and hopefully, with this video, all of your doubts are put to rest. I’m off to get a Big Mac to celebrate.