The delicious sausages of the sea
Many individuals are now repulsed after discovering the process of making crabsticks. Some have even declared that they will never consume them again.
Many of us live a sheltered life, unaware of how some of our favourite foods are produced. Once we witness the process of making items such as sausages and chicken nuggets, our perspective on them changes forever. We can never view them in the same way again.
If you prefer to maintain your current perception of crabsticks, it may be best to refrain from reading any further.
A video on YouTube has detailed how popular food item gets made, allowing people to see through the looking glass.
The start seems normal enough, with the process kicking off with some frozen fish meat.
Here’s the first curveball though – it’s not crab meat, but actually largely made up of Alaskan pollock.
This is then fed into a huge mixer and churned up with ingredients such as egg whites and wheat.
This is all combined into a disturbing grey paste that looks more like something you might use if you were renovating your bathroom than anything you’d happily put in your mouth.
Things don’t get better from here.
The putty-like substance is fed into a machine that creates one long strip of solid fish material, which is then woven together to create the texture of crab or lobster meat.
Some of the end product is then sold off as surimi or substitute crab meat, whilst the rest is given an orange coating and sold as crabsticks.
So, yes – the crabsticks you pick up in the supermarket don’t contain any crab.
People were left shocked at this realisation, with one person writing: “I will never purchase this ever again! Thank you for opening my eyes!”
Another said: “I always thought this stuff was disgusting, now I KNOW it is.”
But some weren’t put off after seeing behind the crabstick curtain.
One person commented: “I love adding lots of mock crabmeat to my delicious pasta salad recipe. See, now y’all went and made me hungry!!!”
“To be perfectly honest, I like the product. It’s very affordable and makes a very good cold crab salad,” said another.
Ignorance is bliss.
This article originally appeared on Joe.co.uk.