I was in the grocery store and talking to a meat department manager who happens to be a friend. I asked him where the bargain hamburger was, and he said “Here.” It was $2.98 per pound…and this was the cheap stuff…the one quarter fat type. I shook my head and went on my way.
Now, in the olden days, hamburger kept people alive. It was cheap and with the advent of Hamburger Helper, it could be stretched out to a full meal. Four people could be stuffed for about a dollar and a half. Now, that is not feasible. Many steaks are cheaper by the pound than hamburger (which makes no sense, since unsold steak is ground into hamburger at most grocery stores).
I grew up on a farm so I was raised on chicken and eggs. They were free. All you had to do was grab one of the chickens, wring its head off and throw it into boiling water. We ate a lot of chicken. For the record and my liberal friends, I never once wringed a chicken’s neck. My father took care of that. He was also a fisherman…a good one. Given the price of fish today, he could have been a millionaire. We had two freezers that were always filled with his catches. I don’t like fish. I didn’t like it then either. The only fish I ever liked was when I was in Rockhampton, Australia. They deep-fried it and wrapped it in newspaper…very tasty with malt vinegar.
My point is this: if hamburger is more expensive than steak, then why buy hamburger? If you don’t buy hamburger, you have no use for Hamburger Helper. The end of an era.
Oh, and while we are not on the subject, why is gasoline cheaper in Hooterville than in Manhattan?