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Where to get beef heart?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I really want to try beef (or any other animal) heart. Whole Foods does not sell it, and neither does the local food co-op. Is this something I need to get directly from the farmer?

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on August 12, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Why WOULDN'T you want a beef heart? It's tasty. It's lean. It's relatively inexpensive. It makes tasty juice if you cook it in the crock pot. It's tasty when cut thin and seared quickly. It makes great beef jerky. It makes a romantic dinner (because it's a heart.) It's fun to try different parts of the animal.

C1211be9ce446f124760e5eb96323ea8

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on August 12, 2012
at 10:43 PM

It tastes like..a heart. I don't know how to describe it.

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on August 12, 2012
at 09:26 PM

It is usually quite lean and tastes very similar to stew meat. However,it can be quite tough depending on how you cook it.

34997c76c8ce232f28942f233e180f18

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on August 12, 2012
at 09:06 PM

noah what's it taste like? Better or worse than say beef liver?

C1211be9ce446f124760e5eb96323ea8

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on August 12, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Beef heart is delicious and nutritious.

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on August 12, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions. I think my first choice will be to ask for it at WF, then the co-op. Has anyone asked for it at WF? Seems kind of strange to me. If these fail, then I'll do grasslandbeef.com. Thanks again.

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on August 12, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Oh, I didn't think to just as at Whole Foods. If not, I'll just get it online at grasslandbeef.com, like Luckie suggested.

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on August 12, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Do you have an independent butcher shop in your area? If not you could ask Whole Foods if they can get some in. It shouldn't be hard for them to do. I have found chicken hearts at Safeway, I haven't looked for beef heart there but they actually carry meat that still has bones in it when other stores do not. I used to work in a grocery meat dept in the 70's. You could buy heart, liver, brains, kidney's for very cheap and soup bones were given away. I long to find a shop like that now, but they are very hard to find.

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on August 12, 2012
at 05:25 PM

The farmer should have it for you, depending on how cooperative they are. In my area, the large "farmer's market" has beef and lamb hearts. I also know of a restaurant that has an amazing seared lamb heart dish.

If you can't find it locally, try US Wellness http://www.grasslandbeef.com. They have lamb, beef, and chicken hearts. They're also one of the few places I have found real lard (not the hydrogenated stuff in buckets at the grocery store).

Also, you can try looking for local places on eatwild.com and localharvest.org. I've found a lot of great farms through those sites.

Best of luck! Hearts are tasty, tasty things.

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on August 12, 2012
at 07:52 PM

I get mine from a local grocer, New Seasons, in Portland, OR. They just have them packaged near the oxtails and knuckle bones!

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on August 12, 2012
at 08:55 PM

The Mexican markets in my area carry all of the offal bits. It isn't grass fed, but since it is fairly lean muscle meat, it should matter as much. My son stuffs it after cutting any fat off of the outside, then wraps it in bacon and roasts it.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 12, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Go to an ethnic market or to a market in a highly ethnic neighborhood. I get mine from a small market in an older part of town. It's all CAFO stuff, but they have real butchers. They even have up on their board that you can place an order for a whole butchered pig with 2 days advanced notice. Most upscale and regular grocery stores don't get whole animals and butcher them anymore.

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on August 12, 2012
at 06:36 PM

if a local farmer is having beef butchered, what he is getting is "from the processor" but also from HIS steer.

Almost anywhere in the us, you can find a "local" butcher. They can get organ meats for you easily- from local animals or high grade purchases. (one of our locals carries blue ribbon, which is about as good as you can get for "regular" beef, when they don't have local steers on hand.)

Ethnic shops- notably kosher or halal- will also be able to help.

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on August 12, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Go directly to a processor if you can. The farmer may have it, but they would just be selling what the processor gave them.

The good thing about organ meats is they're still not popular, so they're cheap. I get GF beef heart for $2/lb.

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on August 24, 2013
at 10:25 PM

For all offal, it is enough to contact a local grassfed farmer via eatwild.com. He either has it, or his butcher has it. I was amazed that, when I bought only half a steer, the other unknown parties would ALWAYS let me have heart, liver, and tongue. We only had to fight on the tail.

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on August 24, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Its extremely reasonable in price in comparison to other beef cuts and great in stews or soups .I can get a 60lb case of beef hearts for a $1.00 a pound.As a added bonus my pets 2 dogs and cat are on a species appropriate diet.Sliced and dehydrated awesome jerky without all the additives crap that slim jims have thats whats crazy.

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on August 12, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Your question begs a much larger one, to wit: Why would you WANT a beef heart? Now, CAPTAIN Beefheart I can understand, but actually eating one is madness. Have a Slim Jim.

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

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on August 12, 2012
at 09:26 PM

It is usually quite lean and tastes very similar to stew meat. However,it can be quite tough depending on how you cook it.

C1211be9ce446f124760e5eb96323ea8

(164)

on August 12, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Beef heart is delicious and nutritious.

34997c76c8ce232f28942f233e180f18

(608)

on August 12, 2012
at 09:06 PM

noah what's it taste like? Better or worse than say beef liver?

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 12, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Why WOULDN'T you want a beef heart? It's tasty. It's lean. It's relatively inexpensive. It makes tasty juice if you cook it in the crock pot. It's tasty when cut thin and seared quickly. It makes great beef jerky. It makes a romantic dinner (because it's a heart.) It's fun to try different parts of the animal.

C1211be9ce446f124760e5eb96323ea8

(164)

on August 12, 2012
at 10:43 PM

It tastes like..a heart. I don't know how to describe it.

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