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Should I eat the grizzle on the edge of my steak?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 01, 2010 at 4:09 AM

It's really chewy, and kind of gross, but it is fat... Should I eat it? Am I wasting a good source of fat by chopping off the grizzle on the edge of the meat?

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

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on April 05, 2011
at 02:56 PM

I like "grizzle" better. :)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 05, 2011
at 02:54 PM

I'm the same way. I used to meticulously slice the fat off...leaving some lean meat with it if I couldn't slice it close enough. Now I eat it heartily. 8)

7a1d67d93f254b982e0be4e54086cb4a

(415)

on April 05, 2011
at 12:37 PM

BTW: It is spelled 'gristle'.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on April 05, 2011
at 02:51 AM

Omega-6 content is pretty low even in grain-fed beef. I eat as much of the fat as I can, though I often pass on the really gristly parts.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on March 02, 2010
at 01:23 AM

I agree with swallowing it. Gristle (or "grizzle") is connective tissue, fat and cartilage, some of which is digestible and some not. When you swallow it all, you let your gut sort things out, giving you maximum nutritional value.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on March 01, 2010
at 02:01 PM

I come up with some good ones, eh? :D

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on March 01, 2010
at 07:59 AM

"Or give it to your dog." = classic. LOL.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on March 01, 2010
at 04:19 AM

This might just be my favorite question on PaleoHacks.

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Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 01, 2010
at 07:04 AM

If it is animal, you can eat it. If it is tough, get it into small enough pieces and then do as the Inuit (Stephanson, Fat of the Land) did- roll around in your mouth a few times for flavor and then just swallow it.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on March 02, 2010
at 01:23 AM

I agree with swallowing it. Gristle (or "grizzle") is connective tissue, fat and cartilage, some of which is digestible and some not. When you swallow it all, you let your gut sort things out, giving you maximum nutritional value.

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9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on March 01, 2010
at 04:21 AM

When you're cooking that steak, grab it with some tongs and hold the fat edge against the heat until it is to your desired crispness. Then enjoy. Or give it to your dog.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on March 01, 2010
at 07:59 AM

"Or give it to your dog." = classic. LOL.

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8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on March 23, 2010
at 06:16 PM

Gristle is wonderful! I just slow down, think about some project or other that I'm working on, and chew and chew, lol.

I like what Ed said: "let your gut sort things out"

Waste not, want not! :D

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on April 05, 2011
at 11:51 AM

If the gristle is a bit chewy, I just eat it. If it is really tough, it goes into the bone bag in the freezer and becomes part of the bone broth on the next go round.

My dog is missing out these days, because i'm eating most of it.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 24, 2010
at 02:18 AM

I love it when I confit meat and that tough fat and cartilage just freaking melts into delicious luscious fatty wonderfulness.

I sometimes add gristle to my stock pot too. It asks lots of flavor.

1
Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on March 24, 2010
at 01:21 AM

WWGD?

Eat the gristle, of course.

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A480640a53eb5dc8966f49141942f705

on March 24, 2010
at 12:58 AM

I wonder if it'll still be chewy after 24 hours in a Sous Vide Supreme ...

1
89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on March 23, 2010
at 08:22 PM

If it is from pastured grassfred, just eat it. If your meat has a lot of it, go for long and low heat cooking. Or try your own marinade...

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on March 01, 2010
at 01:19 PM

I don't eat gristle if it's too tough to chew, but I am surprised how much I now enjoy eating the fat on my steaks. I used to cut it all off in my crazy "lean protein" days!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on April 05, 2011
at 02:54 PM

I'm the same way. I used to meticulously slice the fat off...leaving some lean meat with it if I couldn't slice it close enough. Now I eat it heartily. 8)

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on April 05, 2011
at 02:11 AM

What if it's grain fed? I try to eat grassfed as much as possible, but it doesn't always work out. I've read on here many times that if eating grain fed, then choose the leanest cuts as the fat is where most of the O6 resides. This would seem to mean not to eat the grizzle. I personally like the grizzle...

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on April 05, 2011
at 02:51 AM

Omega-6 content is pretty low even in grain-fed beef. I eat as much of the fat as I can, though I often pass on the really gristly parts.

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