This meme is making its rounds on the internet:
Which, for my family, is only partly true. While not made in Texas, Braum's offers a reasonable substitute to the current dearth of ice cream. Our freezer usually has both, but is now Braum's exclusive - right up until Blue Bell is back on the shelves.
No, I am not afraid of contracting listeria. Or salmonella. Or botulism. Or E.coli. Or any other food-borne bacteria.
Nor do I bathe my shopping cart in handfuls of antiseptic wipes upon entry to the grocery store.
5-second rule for dropped food? You bet.
My mom defrosted meat by letting it sit on the counter all day while she was at work. Gasp! I had perfect attendance for several years of elementary school, so it couldn't have been making me sick.
I grew up on Sunday dinners of freshly killed chicken. As in, walk out to the chicken coop, wring a neck, and pluck that sucker. No clean room. No flash freezing for safety. No three compartment sink or mandated sanitation process to clean up the utensils.
Raw milk, now a 'thing' amongst foodies and clean eating advocates, is simply an unpasteurized product. Milk the cow, chill the output, pour it in a bottle. Guess what? Raw milk stays good for weeks, and it doesn't go 'bad' like the grocery store product, it naturally turns to buttermilk.
I don't have the patience, or the science knowledge to explain in technical terms what real life has proven to me. I can understand that bacteria have evolved and gotten stronger, but I also believe that somewhere along the line, all of the purifying, sanitizing, and antibacterial bathing has, or is, creating a generation of humans that are overly sensitive to the world they live in.
Hurry up Blue Bell, I need some ice cream to deal with the stress of worrying about getting sick from eating ice cream. And Braum's Cappuccino Chunky Chocolate is good, but it isn't Caramel Turtle Cheesecake.