Eating offal

Sure!   3 votes - 30 %
If you kill it, eat it all.   3 votes - 30 %
Idea yes; actually no.   1 vote - 10 %
Rather not.   0 votes - 0 %
Dude, that's what hot dogs are for.   4 votes - 40 %
Hells no!   1 vote - 10 %
I'm vegetarian and I won't even eat the roots!   0 votes - 0 %
10 Total Votes
I love offal but by Herring (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 04:21:23 PM EST
I'm not supposed to eat it.

Saying that, since recent blood test and medication adjustment, I have pigged on anchovies with no ill effects. Might be worth risking a kidney or two.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

Offal or just (some) organs? by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 04:43:14 PM EST
A lot of people can't eat much organ meat like liver and kidney for various reasons but things like ears, snouts, tongue, cheeks, tails, feets, intestine and heart are all pretty healthy. And usually tasty.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Good point by Herring (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 05:42:04 PM EST
The internets just say "avoid offal" without being too specific.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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there are also different definitions of offal by lm (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 06:40:00 PM EST
I was about to object to BD that offal typically means internal organs but I looked up the definition first to find that some folks use it more broadly to describe any part of the animal not typically used by western butchers. I would not have thought to include tongue and tail in the category of offal, but for some people that's where to find them.

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WIPO: It depends on who cooks it by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 05:28:57 PM EST
For instance, Mrs. FT does not eat pork at all. EXCEPT if our one friend cooks it.  Dunno what he does, but it's very tasty.

So, yeah, if it was someone I knew and trusted their cooking skills, I'd give it a go.  Someone I barely knew or worse, a restaurant?  No way.

For my Italian relatives New Year dinner by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 06:51:08 PM EST
I finally had a little bit of tripe, after enough red wine. It was ok. It kinda tasted spongy though.

I also have drastically cut down on meat consumption, so that may be it too.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

VS2FP by barooo (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 09:00:08 PM EST
Red cooked tripe sounds delicious.

man, i need a beefy taco now.
Because we're such close HuSi friends by BadDoggie (4.00 / 1) #8 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 02:29:43 AM EST
Hung Sao Tsu Du

1 lb tripe
4T soy sauce
2T dark soy sauce
⅛t five-spice powder (a couple of shakes)
2t sugar
1 scallion, sliced
3-4 slices ginger
½c water

If the tripe's not prepared, wash with 3T salt and ½c vinegar; rinse with hot water, repeat a few times until you don't gag from the stench.

Mix everything but the tripe together in a pot and bring to a boil. Slice the tripe into strips. I prefer about ½"wide and 1-2" long. Add the tripe to the mixture, lower the heat and let simmer for about 2½ hours. Serve hot or cold.

This is the basic red-cooking recipe. Adding sherry, chicken broth instead of water, maybe a square of red bean curd are all "legitimate" variants. Some people throw in a broken piece of star anise or a couple of cloves (both ingredients in 5-spice), based on personal preference, but this is pretty much it whether you're cooking a piece of loin, filet or (more likely) braising the shit out of a pig's tongue, ear, face, foot, tail or guts. Me, I double down on the ginger, sometimes redoubling it again.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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"until you don't gag from the stench" by sugar spun (4.00 / 1) #12 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 09:18:19 AM EST
I don't want to eat anything where getting rid of the natural stench is a factor to take into account pre-cooking.

I do not believe this to be in any way unusual or even something to be ashamed of. Stench is Nature's way of saying, You probably want to eat something else.

But I like that you like the books.

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Stench by ni (2.00 / 0) #13 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 11:45:14 AM EST
I disagree.

Stench in food is a sign that the item is going to be unspeakably delicious (ie, cheese, kimchi, countless others) or utterly terrible (anything in an advanced state of microbial decay, etc).

An interesting exception to this general scheme, which I note for the sake of accuracy, is durian fruit. In durian, the extremely pronounced stench signals neither of the above, but instead tells you that the food is going to be OK but not really worth the odour you must tolerate to eat it.

One is tempted to explain your mistake by discussing the role of blandness in the cuisine of the UK, but since we're all friends here...

"These days it seems like sometimes dreams of Italian hyper-gonadism are all a man's got to keep him going." -- CRwM

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Friends by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #14 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 12:20:48 PM EST
don't let friends eat durian.

In any case, the things that are on your list are things where the stench is apparently integral to the enjoyment of the item rather than having to be soaked out, like the smell of pee from kidneys. I won't eat things that smell like they've been eaten already.

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You all hale & hearty again? by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #9 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 04:57:39 AM EST
Hope so.

You might also like Huge Frotterling-Whippingstall's book, imaginitively entitled "Meat".

I don't think H F-W has much to teach you culinary wise, but for a celeb chef he has a very robust approach to cooking.  Kind of like Nigel Slater he's not a "then saute the chitterlings at precisely midnight, in the dew from a unicorn's vulva" chef, much more direct. 

He also makes a strong argument along the lines of "keep your animals happy until you kill them.  Then eat every bit you can, and boil the bones for stock".

I thought about that one. by BadDoggie (4.00 / 1) #10 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 05:55:21 AM EST
Luckily I got a chance to thumb through his book before actually buying it. If it had been more about meat and less a giant honking pile of recipes with meat I woulda plonked down the many, many squids that book goes for. There were only a few dozen interesting pages.

I really don't need another book of recipes, not even the one from the Fat Duck since I wouldn't be allowed to buy all the kitchen toys necessary to cook even a damned pot of broth. If I were to cook every recipe I have just once, two dishes a day, I'd need the longevity of the House of Windsor and the Catholic Church combined.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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So, love of my life, by sugar spun (4.00 / 2) #11 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 06:02:30 AM EST
what are we having for dinner?

You don't know, do you?

Do we still have those Lidl steak pies in the freezer?

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Heh. by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #16 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 05:07:05 PM EST
Destruction in 3 sentences !

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Yeah by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #15 Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 05:06:10 PM EST
Worth reading, probably not worth buying if you already have an idea of how to make stock and generally cook meat.

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