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Old 11-25-2005, 12:03 PM   #1 (Print)
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Arby's Liquid/Paste Roast Beef ... the rumor is no longer a rumor!

As some of you might know from past posts I was recently hired as the assistant manager of a new Arby's coming into my town but for the last 2 months I have been working at an Arby's in the city getting ready for it (and living out of a motel the entire time and that sucks).

Anyways, I had never heard the liquid meat rumor before starting at Arby's and when I saw it for the first time I was in shock. It is actually a meat paste, not liquid but even that is bad. The "meat" is poured into bags and a few solid chunks of roast beef is dropped into it and then it is flash frozen. Once thawed and ready to go into the oven it is like a stiff icing on a cake. You can actually dip your finger in it and mimic what you would do to icing on a cake. Once baked it is a solid beef and the paste is actually beef but it is just very strange.

Why I am writing this here is I have been trying to find pictures of the beef on the internet to no avail but there has to be some, I can't be the only one who works there that has thought about taking a picture. I would do it myself but I am never alone in the store and I am sure this would be frowned upon.

Anyone know of a site with pictures of the beef in a thawed state?

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:06 PM   #2 (Print)
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That just sounds freakish. So you're saying that the "roast beef" that they chop up and stuff is actually like some kind of baked, coagulated paste?

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:07 PM   #3 (Print)
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Cue rhuntington's EWWWWWWWWWWW!

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:12 PM   #4 (Print)
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I kind of figured they weren't using real meat as they did many years ago. Those who never tasted Arby's when they were new can't understand why anybody would say that an Arby's roast beef sandwhich today tastes terrible and has the consistancy of rubber.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:12 PM   #5 (Print)
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Yeah, the bags are filled with a meat paste (pureed roast beef and maybe some other stuff) and some solid chucks of roast beef are dropped into it and settle around the middle. Then it is frozen and delivered to the stores who in turn thaw them in the cooler, that takes 2 to 3 days. We cut the top and sides of the bag and peel the top of the bag back and flip the open side on some tin foil then peel the rest of the bag off the beef and "cap" it by folding the sides up along the sides of the beef. The only exposed area is the side that touches the pan in the oven. Once done it is solid and when sliced the paste part is a lighter color than the solid chunks and that gives Arby's roast beef it's color.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:13 PM   #6 (Print)
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Snopes think it's BS... You should bring a camera and take a pic/short-video.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:14 PM   #7 (Print)
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That's bizzare. I worked at an Arby's many,many moons ago ('73) and the meat came shrink-wrapped. It looked sort-of like a roast beef. Anyway, I still love it. Here's a bit of trivia about things liquid - the french fries used to be a mix, added to water, sent through a press-type machine and then fried. I hated them. They were liquid. This thing about the meat being liquid is just bizzare.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:18 PM   #8 (Print)
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Yeah I have seen many sites in my searches of pictures claiming this is false. All I can tell you is I am not lying. There has to be other Arby's employess past and present on this forum, come on all and back me up.

I will try to get pictures when a time becomes available to me in the future. I don't think it is supposed to be a secret because they don't tell anyone to keep a secret so I don't know.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:19 PM   #9 (Print)
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If true, then EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:21 PM   #10 (Print)
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That's bizzare. I worked at an Arby's many,many moons ago ('73) and the meat came shrink-wrapped. It looked sort-of like a roast beef. Anyway, I still love it. Here's a bit of trivia about things liquid - the french fries used to be a mix, added to water, sent through a press-type machine and then fried. I hated them. They were liquid. This thing about the meat being liquid is just bizzare.

They should just save the time and effort by mixing the meat paste with the fry paste then deep frying the mix together. Pour into a cup, add straw, and serve.


MMMMmmmm.... meatshake.

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:21 PM   #11 (Print)
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True or not, the OP working for the company, and posting this with his picture next to his messages...may not be the smartest idea, frankly.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:22 PM   #12 (Print)
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Shades of the Doublemeat Palace?
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:22 PM   #13 (Print)
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That just sounds gross.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:23 PM   #14 (Print)
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Well, I'll never eat at Arby's again!

Not only does Snopes say it is false, but they offer the following official response from Arby's Quality Assurance department:

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Thank you for doing your part to curb the urban legend about Arby's Roast Beef. I'm sure I'm not the first to express frustration about this type of story.

The answer to your question is no. Our product does not arrive as a paste, gel or liquid.

Arby's Roast Beef consists entirely of Beef and a Self-Basting solution, which contains just enough water to keep the product juicy throughout our restaurants' 3-hour roasting process and during slicing — this ensures that we will deliver the quality that our customers have come to expect from our famous roast beef sandwiches.

Jim Lowder
Arby's, LLC Quality Assurance


However, I would note that it appears this response came in 1997. Perhaps things have changed in the 8 years since?

This thread is useless without pictures!

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:25 PM   #15 (Print)
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OOohh... if that's the case, they DEFINITELY won't want people to be taking pictures of the stuff. GameGuru, I'd be careful.

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:26 PM   #16 (Print)
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Wow, I think this is true. About twenty years ago I was in an Arby's and some some workers pulled out what looked like some white, loaf-of-breadish thing that was supposedly the "meat" for the burgers. I didn't want to believe what I was seeing, but have never gone back to an Arby's.

Looks like I was right.

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:29 PM   #17 (Print)
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It is pink, not white. Ok I really need to get pictures because it seems like no one will believe me without them. I will try my hardest to get them all. If anyone does come across some on the internet link them here please.
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:34 PM   #18 (Print)
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I remember many years ago eating at my first Arby's. There was a small, but prominent sign on the counter that said their meat was, among other things, "REFORMED." I assumed this didn't mean that their meat was a Jew

And I don't know what that quote on Snopes really means since it specifically uses the word "ARRIVE."
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Old 11-25-2005, 12:41 PM   #19 (Print)
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I dont care. It tastes good. Do all the people holding their noses eat hot dogs/sausages? Now that's really gross if you think about it.

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It is absolutely false.

I did some consulting work for Arby's and spent a lot of time in their stores in 2004. I've seen the beef and worked with it. It is most assuredly real beef. At one time Arby's used whole muscle (20 years ago or so) and they no longer do that, but it's still real beef. I believe it's 98% real beef with the other 2% being salt, water and brine.

It is chopped and formed so that they're "blocks" of beef, but this is mostly done for ease of transportation and storage.

Here's a thread from the archives where this same issue was discussed:

http://archive.tivocommunity.com/ti...highlight=arbys

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:45 PM   #21 (Print)
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Am I the only one that gives this a "who cares"? I love Arby's, no matter what it's made of. If I want real roast beef, I'll go to a good deli or something. If I want Arby's, I'll go to Arby's.

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Old 11-25-2005, 12:55 PM   #22 (Print)
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I don't think the OP's statements and the Arby's rebuttal are that far apart.

Ever make sausage at home? (well, maybe you haven't but I have)

98% meat plus 2% basting solution would be pretty much a slurry particularly if it's ground very finely. Stuff it into sausage casings and roast it and it would pretty much be what is being dscribed. It's all natura;, it's just been juicified. Arby's never said it wasn't some sort of beef sausage.
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Am I the only one that gives this a "who cares"? I love Arby's, no matter what it's made of. If I want real roast beef, I'll go to a good deli or something. If I want Arby's, I'll go to Arby's.

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ehm,look a few posts above yours

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I don't think the OP's statements and the Arby's rebuttal are that far apart.

Ever make sausage at home? (well, maybe you haven't but I have)

98% meat plus 2% basting solution would be pretty much a slurry particularly if it's ground very finely. Stuff it into sausage casings and roast it and it would pretty much be what is being dscribed. It's all natura;, it's just been juicified. Arby's never said it wasn't some sort of beef sausage.


Ok,edit to hotdogs only.

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It's all natura;, it's just been juicified.

Sounds like an advertising slogan to me:

"Juicify your MEAT!"

... for Viagra, that is ...

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The point is that Arby's touts itself as selling roast beef sandwiches - the one that I usually get is explicitly called the "Big Roast Beef". But it's just not true. Sure, there's Roast Beef in there. It may even be close to 100% meat in there. But it's the meat equivalent of Velveeta. It's "Pasteurized Process Beef Food" now, not "Roast Beef".
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"Now featuring our meat flavored Velveeta"

I think this thread is going to amuse me for the rest of the day.

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OOohh... if that's the case, they DEFINITELY won't want people to be taking pictures of the stuff. GameGuru, I'd be careful.


Call Oliver Stone and offer him the movie rights before they try to hush you up for good.

Hopefully Clooney and/or J. Roberts is available to play the heroic whisleblower.
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ehm,look a few posts above yours
In fairness, I had hit reply before your post and just dallied typing in my response.

Good to see that I'm NOT the only one

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Call Oliver Stone and offer him the movie rights before they try to hush you up for good.

Hopefully Clooney and/or J. Roberts is available to play the heroic whisleblower.

But who would play the leading lady? A movie just isn't a movie without sexual tension somewhere. Or is that where the juicified Velveeta beef sausage comes into play?

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