Keep forgetting... Carne is feminine.
Yeah, me too.
Me too, being a Russian, where it's neuter :D (in German, btw, it also is neuter - das Fleisch)
the correct solution is the 2
when a word ends with e it is very difficult to remember whether it is feminine or masculine - eg. tiger is feminine and lion is masculine. I have to keep putting images in my head of a pink tiger and a burly lion.
that's a good way to remember!