Traumatizing Imitation Crab Manufacturing Video

Here's a video from Food Network's Unwrapped that showcases the horrifying industrial manufacturing process behind imitation crab: "Frozen slabs of Surimi... are mixed with starch, egg whites, and crab flavorings. Without the flavoring, mild Surimi has almost no taste at all... Next Surimi paste pumps over to the cook lines, where it extrudes out into thin ribbons..."

If you've ever been indifferent about imitation crab, this will change your mind. The cutesy music and Marc Summers' jovial tone contradict just how truly terrifying it all is.

Video: Unwrapped Surimi

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  1. Scott

    Looks good to me, must be why I like it so much. Real fish protein, in an easy to use form. Life is good

  2. Thomas

    Nothing horrifying about it. It's a great ingredient with great texture and flavor and it's more economical than real crab. I toss it into a salad with thousand island dressing and it's soooooooo good and good for you.

  3. Ricky

    From the title, I expected to see something horrifying, sort of like the way chickens are slaughtered by the poultry industry.I must admit that this did not seem bad at all. Maybe your message/point could be better made if the video was about how they got that frozen slab of surimi, hmm. I have always been suspicious of imitation crab meat and this video seems to have put my concerns to rest.

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