What feeds Belarusians (photo).
Friends, I think you remember my popular post aboutwhat actually feed the Russians- the publication collected 2,300 comments, thousands of reposts infacebookand several reposts in popular online media. In the comments to the publication, many wrote that I am exaggerating - they say, the photo shows the cheapest products, and those who have money do not buy them. They also wrote that probably they are selling exactly the same fake and forged palm oil in Belarus - I just don’t want to write about it.
On the first point, I can say this - of course, rich people in Russia can afford anything, the question is different - because of the food Putin’s "anti-sanctions", the needy segments of the population are forced to eat devils than with any chemistry. And on the second point I will say this - the majority of Belarusian products are natural and high-quality, and the problems "needy people eat chemistry instead of butter" we do not have.
Not to be unfounded - I went to one of the Belarusian supermarkets and made a small revision of what actually feed the Belarusians.In today's post we look at popular Belarusian products and read their composition. Come under the cat, it is interesting. Welladd friendsDo not forget.
To begin with, as usual, a little history. Sufficiently high quality meat / dairy products have existed in Belarus for a long time, at least 100 years ago - plants were built both in tsarist times, and “behind the Polish hour” in the Western in Belarus, and in the BSSR. True, in the Soviet years, the Belarusians almost did not see this - everything went incomprehensibly, and for example, I learned about such a thing as “balyk” in 1992-1993, after the collapse of the USSR - before this meat product was practically not available for sale.
The rainbow picture of Belarusian meat / milk has somewhat spoiledChernobyl- a significant percentage of agricultural land was taken out of circulation, and products became “zhestachayshe to control” for the presence of radionuclides - the government assures that now everything is fine with this, though personally I still try not to buy anything edible made in the Gomel region - maybe it's just radio phobia, although it would seemI'm afraid of something)
Communicating with friends from Russia and Ukraine, I learned that Belarusian products are in constant demand there - separate stores are opening with Belarusian products and there are even fakes, and there are no obvious fakes either. Explicit fake is when everything is completely falsified, including the manufacturer, and implicit is when, for example, the name of the product “Belarusian oil” is written on the packaging, and it is made somewhere in Russia from palm oil.
02. And now let's look at the store shelves. For comparison with Russian products, I decided to go to one of Minsk supermarkets of the Vitalyur chain - in general, we don’t have a clear division into rich / poor supermarkets, some just have more expensive goods and some less - while even a poor person will find in " rich supermarket inexpensive products.
03. Vitalur (unlike, for example, the Hippo or BIGGZ network) is considered to be quite a budget supermarket - there are not too many “expensive” products in it, besides, all sorts of discount promotions are constantly held, etc. - in general, the store is oriented, rather, on the lower / average amount of income.I’m writing this so that you don’t think that I’m comparing some super-elite Belarusian store with Moscow’s Auchan, which I told about in an article about Russian products.
04. The products themselves, we will also choose similar to those about which I spoke in a previous publication. This is what a window with butter looks like - the Russians did not believe me that there is no so-called “vegetable-butter oil” in Belarus, which consists of palm oil. Like, it can not be that you eat the poor?
05. “Poor” people eat ordinary Belarusian-made butter from us, I myself like to buy this, it tastes like ordinary butter of excellent quality. Nobody would buy “Masloproducts” from us - why, when there is normal natural butter?
06. Let's look at the composition: "Made from pasteurized cow milk cream." There are no palm oils, thickeners, flavors and antislips — just like my grandmother’s in the village. And also pay attention to the labeling of the plants - this oil "Krestyanskoe" is made by seven Belarusian enterprises - inLida, Molodechno,Grodno,Slutsk, Birch,NovogrudokandShchuchin. How different is the taste of this oil, made at different factories — I don’t know, I don’t eat butter in its pure form, I only use it for cooking. Probably no different.
07. Another pack of butter, the popular Prostokvashino brand. The packaging design, by the way, was clearly timed to Shrovetide)
08. Let's look at the composition. As you can see, there is also nothing superfluous, "pasteurized cream" and that's it. By the way, please note that there are no fake "GOSTs" on the package, signs "Soviet quality", inscriptions "Kremlin super-lux", "Stalin premium", "like in the USSR" and other rubbish - this doesn't take root in Belarus, people just read the composition.
09. Cottage cheese. Here is some simple, inexpensive, a pack of curd fat in 9% and weighing 200 grams is1 rub. 29 kopecksthat equals37 Russian rubles. ATfastabout Russian products in the photo number 11 got the price tag of a pack of cottage cheese - 75 rubles and 74 kopecks, which is exactly 2 times more expensive. And in Moscow "Auchan" a pack of cottage cheese weighs not 200, but 180 grams, and the fat content of cottage cheese is not 9%, but 5%.
10. Maybe some substitute instead of normal cottage cheese for the Belarusians? Let's look at the composition - as you can see, everything is natural, no chemistry and plastic granules.
11. Here is a little more expensive cottage cheese, I usually buy one - I don’t remember the price, I rarely look at price tags.The taste is pleasant, plus the packaging is comfortable - you can eat like yogurt, right out of the box.
12. Here is the composition - "made from normalized pasteurized milk using leaven," that's all. More on the package indicated the manufacturer, shelf life, calorie content and protein / fat / carbohydrate content, nothing more. No screams in style "from the Stalinist table - to the people!", "GOST is the best in the USSR!".
13. So that we still have from milk - sour cream. Here is the sour cream of the same company as butter - there is a fat content of 10% (for nostalgic for diluted sovetsk sour cream, "mom said money in a can"), 15%, 20% and 26%. The latter is just excellent in taste and quality - drop the tip of a tablespoon into a glass - and it stands there.
14. We read the composition - maybe a thickener splashed? No, everything is great - cream and sourdough. Everything is very simple, for good sour cream nothing more is needed.
15. Another shelf with sour cream, "Brest-Litovsk" and "Slavic traditions" are both not bad.
16. We read the composition - as you see, everything is the same as in Prostokvashino, simply formulated in other words. Such sour cream is made in the city of Brest on Yanka Kupala Street.
17. So maybe something added to the milk? Oil products for example?
18. No, everything is in order - except for “normalized milk”, there is nothing else in the composition.
nineteen.And now let's look at cheeses, let's start with inexpensive ones. The price tags immediately attract attention - cheese costs an average of 12-13 rubles per 1 kilogram, and there are 8-9 rubles for each - in terms of Russian money, this is 300-380 rubles. Let me remind you that in Moscow "Auchan" cheese of a similar quality cost 500-560 rubles,which is almost 2 times more expensive.
20. Let's now look at the composition, everything is not as rosy as with oil - there is a preservative and a dye.
21. Another cheap cheese. Preservative is not here, but there is a flavor of "baked milk". As they say now; - "well, it is."
22. And one more cheese - "Russian special", also has a preservative. And yet - this is not some kind of incomprehensible "cheese product" made from oil and grandeur, but quite normal cheese, and at the same time inexpensive - even the retired grandmothers can afford it.
23. For those who want "like in the USSR", there is a shelf with processed cheese - they are all inexpensive and cost mostly less than a ruble (less than 30 Russian rubles).
24. Best of all, in Belarus you can buy delicious foreign cheeses, which are now banned in Russia. Some Russians for some reason think that it was Europe that decided to punish them in this way,although in fact it was Putin who introduced “food antisanctions” —Europe was not particularly affected by this, but ordinary Russians now lost quality products.
25. Camembert cheese, soft with white mold, produced in Denmark. It costs, it seems, rubles 8 (250 Russian) for 125 grams. I recommend a bit of sugar with a pear and roasted almonds.
26. The composition is excellent - pasteurized milk, salt, sourdough and bacteria. Everything.
27. Polish cheese "Złocisty", a classic blue cheese. Very tasty with grapes and white semi-dry sparkling wine (I usually take Cava Jaume Sierra). Buy it in such a box, and not in cutting - it will be more juicy.
28. The composition, in principle, is also good - there is a stabilizer and a dye, but on the whole everything is ok.
29. My favorite Lithuanian Parmesan cheese, "Džiugas". I usually take slices in cutting, but this time it was not there, I had to take a whole bar. There are different exposures - 12, 24 and, it seems, 36 months. Gorgeous with all the same white semi-sparkling.
30. The composition is excellent, including protein content - as many as 33 grams per 100 grams of product.
32. Let's go back to the Belarusian products, for example, sausage - I take dry jerky, factory "Gallery of Taste." I highly recommend PARMA - it is made from chicken and duck meat, just gorgeous.
33. But the composition.As you can see - no "nuclear" chemistry, preservatives and flavor enhancers.
34. And finally - the famous Belarusian condensed milk. It is mainly of two types - Rogachev and Drutskaya, on the Internet there are still wars of forum on which of the clots is better - I usually take Dageskaya, I don’t know why. Be sure to look for banks with Belarusian-language labels - this is about + 20% to taste, and there is no protection against fakes)
35. The secret composition of the best Belarusian condensed milk in the world: normalized milk, sugar and some charoal magic (not indicated on the label)).
So it goes. Write in the comments what you think about this.