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14.12.2010

Why do Finns eat meat drowned in marinade?

Tags: The Welfare State — Author: @ 2:06 pm

…supposedly this book will tell you. “Quasi Democracy: Finland’s Fall From the Cradle of Innovation To the Abyss of Stagnation” was just translated into English and is available to download for free.

“What has created this culture of forced uniformity? We believe that the crisis has its roots in the era of so-called Finlandisierung, or Finlandisation.”

This book is the long-awaited abridged English translation of Lumedemokratia (Quasi-Democracy, 2008), which sparked a vivid debate about the nature of Finnish society, from recent history to the present day. It condemns the economic policy pursued during the great depression of the 1990’s and Finland’s continued failure to revamp its suffocatingly rigid labour market structures.

The authors, Katja Boxberg and Taneli Heikka, claim that Finland still lacks essential elements that earmark a genuine Western democracy and true market economy; for this, they argue, we have to thank the ubiquotous Finnish consensus and the disgraceful era of “Finlandisation”. This is a book for anyone wondering why Finns “eat rubbery cheese, dull plastic-wrapped bread, and meat drowned in marinade”.

  • Jaska

    A secret: Meat is drowned in marinade to cover up it’s horrible lack of quality. The real meat that is sold without marinade is more expensive and there is a reason for that. Marinated meat is either mechanically separated meat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanically_separated_meat) or just the leftover cuttings that cannot be sold as quality meat. People tolerate rubbery cheese because it is generally thought that real, creamy cheese is unhealthy and it’s also more expensive.

  • ***infinndel the jenkki dogg***

    Finns eat pork chops,ham,and sausage,because they are infidels
    like me! ;)

  • Dave the Revelator

    Nice try, Jaska, but chicken wings, chicken breasts and wings – as well as the various types of pork cuts (all of which are normally sold with the glowing marinade shit more often than not) are decidedly not mechanically separated.

    They dump the sauce on to lower the perceived price per kilo of meat. Rinse off that radioactive goo and you’ve got at least 100 grams (or more) less weight per box. People think they’re buying 400 grams of meat when they’re getting 300 grams plus lots-o-sauce.

    Mechanically separated meat is used in sausages and pet food.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanically_separated_meat

    As for the Finnish rubber-cheese phenomena, I am still at a loss. Who knows what reasons there are for that. Probably the same reason some Americans like their cheese served up via propellant from a can.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Cheese

  • symonsworld

    moi!
    i had sent u a mail about access to all the courses, could you please check it, its been quite a few days but i got no reply.
    kiitos :)

  • maxxfi

    It would be an interesting document if it would not be for that disgraceful ‘Toivo’ logo and all what is behind that.

  • sepisp

    There was a documentary about this a while ago. Not Lumedemokratia, but the “low-quality” food and other products. The reason for this was that most stores make the price the main selling point. That leads to lightly roasted coffee (the mass yield is higher), marinade substituting meat (price is lower), etc.

    A second cultural difference often overlooked is that maybe the Finnish culture does not place such an emphasis on cuisine. Food is something that “gets the job done”.

    Why cheese is so bad I don’t understand. In medieval times, Finnish cheese was made for even for export. Edam cheese has been made in Finland surprisingly late in history.

  • http://funnyfinland.blogspot.com finophile

    not to forget that the goo helps with the shelf life … and as long as you don’t know any better its all OK. People develop their tastes based on what they get. So its a self feeding system, give them goo and they’ll love it :-)

  • http://funnyfinland.blogspot.com finophile

    “The authors, Katja Boxberg and Taneli Heikka, claim that Finland still lacks essential elements that earmark a genuine Western democracy and true market economy; for this, they argue, we have to thank the ubiquotous Finnish consensus and the disgraceful era of “Finlandisation”. ”

    oh … right … like the USA is the shining light? No state secrets or failure of public engagement there …

  • Anonymous

    Suomen Toivo… Sukarin Topi?

    Phil’s flirting with Kokoomus and the EPP again. You’ll go blind, you know, you silly boy. And never trust a (wo)man who can’t spell “ubiquitous” but doggedly uses it in a puff text.

  • jr

    The good cheese is expensive, simple as that.

    I don’t agree that we lack ‘essential’ elements of western democracy. What are these essentials they claim we don’t have?

  • K

    The comment about bread is odd. I’ve lived in Austria, Germany, France, the Netherlands, the UK (worst for bread), the US (second worst) and Finland. Finnish bread is by far the best.

  • tanskasta

    to : K — Wed, Dec 15th, 2010 @ 10:17 am
    that is because you haven’t tried the Czech bread ! the best so far in Europe (as far as my experience tells)

  • http://svenskfinland.wordpress.com Jonas G

    Finnish bread is certainly better than Swedish bread and that’s what matters after all… I have to say though that the Swedes have better cheese overall. We have better sausages however. So, it’s 2:1 and Finland wins.

    On the political situation, we are in the relatively rare situation of having three almost equally strong major parties which means it is essentially always necessary for two of them to rule together. This does lead to some peculiar ideological alliances at times and a rather predictable political scene. I don’t think this means we have a deficient democratic system however. It is not that exciting or desirable though either. I do think that there is a kind of new-Finlandisation going on though, but in relations to Russia. Look at some of Kiviniemi’s statements the other day in her meeting with Putin.

  • http://www.finlandforthought.net Phil

    I read this book last night. I’ll sum it up in one sentence: Fuck Keskusta and all the farmers.

  • http://svenskfinland.wordpress.com Jonas G

    On that fuck Keskusta, I can at least agree. Their commitment to democracy is certainly grey at best. Kiviniemi is even following the best of traditions of their dear party and consulting Moscow on what to do.

  • ***infinndel the jenkki dogg***

    Merry Christmas to all the infidels in Suomi,from the terrorist who
    blew himself up in center of Stockholm!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkhbUrsFyVM&feature=player_embedded#!

  • ***infinndel the jenkki dogg***

    For all of the ***PORK EATING***,and***KOSKINKORVA SWIGGING*** drunken
    infidels in Suomi,here is part 2 of the Christmas terrorist,
    ***ENJOY YOUR SAUSAGE AND BEER!***
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPlrRePb8nw&feature=player_embedded

  • ***infinndel the jenkki dogg***

    ***EAT YOUR BACON AND DRINK YOUR LAPIN KULTA,FINN INFIDELS***,
    while you watch part 3 of Achmed the terrorist Santa Claus!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV8RXmfIUx8&feature=player_embedded

  • Buttfucked Saltwater Porpoise

    Finland does not lack democracy, and it’s situation isn’t because of Finlandisation. A lot of the same arguments could be made about a lot of countries that are similar to Finland, yet none of those countries experienced Finlandization. The authors are just trying to put forward their idea of what democracy means and are twisting history to their advantage. They would be a lot more trustworthy if they simply said what they believed openly instead of trying to mask their arguments behind history.

  • Dave the Revelator

    So, Buttfucked, what is the reason behind Finns settling for rubber cheese and nuclear sauce?

  • Suurenmoinen

    For Finns, eating is like having the period every day. Annoying, disgusting thing where they have to sit and swallow some boiled potatoes with brown sauce. Their brains are fully utilized by important tasks, and cooking is not one of them.

    If somebody would invent a system where they wouldnt have to eat at all, they would buy it (specially if its kotimainen and has the Finnish flag in the package). In that sense marinated food is great: on very special ocasions (otherwise they wont even bother) they can buy it in prisma, go home, throw it on the pan and its done in 3 minutes (it says in the package, for the non experienced), then hey can swallow it quickly and move on. You can impress your friends by turning something raw into delicious food staples, specially if you put a good tetrapack of 2009′ “Gato Negro” wine, (for Finns, wine turns everything into something very fancy and cool).

    I had a chat with a lady at work and she said that she woudnt know what to do with a raw piece of meat. Solution: Marinated

  • Anonymous

    #21.True.
    Lack of food culture gives the firms the opportunity to pack any shit and sell it to the people.

  • Antti rn

    Nooo…You guys get it all wrong. It’s called functional cuisine and it will be all the rage sometime in the future. Functional in same sense as in functional architecture. In functional cuisine the food is designed to prevent death by starving. That’s it. It’s so bourgeoise and reactionary even to consider any other aspects.

    The drowned meat will be on display at the museum for the pilgrims in black, wearing hexagonal glasses, to worship. Moreover, some WWII cache of Finnish näkkileipä is found in Vyborg and restored at finnish taxpayers expense.

  • Emily

    Im an argentinian girl livin in Finland. Argentina got a shitty economy but our meat is fuck*** great…and that marinade just makes me want to kill myself lol. My first question in the market was….why everything has this sauce on????
    I guess that finnish people:
    1- are too lazy to cook
    2 – got not idea how to cook
    so the marinade shit and and a bag of potatoes with cream just saves them :)

  • Freeridin’ Franklin
  • Pakkoruotsi from Texas

    WHY DO FINNS EAT SHIT MEAT ALL THE TIME. FINLAND AND YOUR FUCKING GROUND MEAT!!!!!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH THAT? WHERE ARE ALL THE WHOLE BRISKETS, CHUCK AND PROPER CUTS OF MEAT, WHY IS EVERYTHING IN THE SHAPE OF PROTEIN PASTE, DO FINNS NOT HAVE TEETH?! DID ALL THAT BOOZE ROT IT AWAY BEFORE YOU LOOSE YOUR MILK TEETH?

    TELL ME, DO YOUR BUTCHERS JUST REMOVE THE TENDERLOIN AND GRIND THE REST OF THE ANIMAL WHOLE??!

    HOW THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO MAKE A PROPER BEEF BRISKET IN MY SMOKER IN THIS PIECE OF SHIT KKK-UNTRY?

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  • Kscasciamacchia

    i agree…harshly said but no finns seams to understand this, and htey get all mad and stard offending when u tell them the truth..i was called stupid for saying my opinion,because they though its just my opinion not the truth..they have no clue 90% of foregnairs would think so

  • yrsa

    Within the first year that I came here, I noticed that the average Finnish man is (no offense) very scrawny. I can’t even count one man in this city who I have seen who has muscles bigger than a woman’s. They’re very active and healthy, but I suppose when your only economical source of protein is raejuusto, well…

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