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Do you have any offal stories?

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Created October 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Do you have any interesting and/or funny stories involving offal - buying it, preparing it at home or while dining out?

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on April 10, 2013
at 06:11 AM

I now must try cow intestines.

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on November 28, 2012
at 12:32 AM

So you go to a restaurant and pay them - and end up cooking your own food. Brilliant!

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on October 20, 2012
at 03:42 PM

I forgot about this way of eating... years ago tried in Asian restos. Now I'm browsing for table-top grills, 'pierrade' style apparently common in France also...

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:22 PM

I used to live in Japan where there's a popular style of dining called yakiniku. You sit at a table around a small charcoal pit and order plates of sliced, marinated meat and/or vegetables, which you toss onto the grill to your liking. To digress for a moment, it is an AWESOME way to eat. You can enjoy your meal leisurely, cooking the meat as you want to eat it and enjoying each piece hot and fresh off the grill. Simply amazing. But anyways.

One plate of meat you can order is called horumon (which translates to "things we throw away"), and it consists of meat from all the stomachs and intestines of the cow. As a foreigner living in Japan I was often subject of the game "see what she does if we try to make her eat this." This plate was a round of that game. What they failed to realize though, is that I'll eat like, anything that's a natural food product. So I ate horumon. The stomachs I could take or leave, I remember them being kind of rubbery. The intestines though? Simply delicious. Fatty, buttery, rich, pleasantly chewy. Became one of my favorite foods in Japan, and one of my favorite things to tell Americans that I ate to see the horrified looks on their faces.

3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on October 20, 2012
at 03:42 PM

I forgot about this way of eating... years ago tried in Asian restos. Now I'm browsing for table-top grills, 'pierrade' style apparently common in France also...

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on November 28, 2012
at 12:32 AM

So you go to a restaurant and pay them - and end up cooking your own food. Brilliant!

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 06:11 AM

I now must try cow intestines.

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3bc294cb7745a5e99612ff886ca00101

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on October 20, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Tried cooking chicken gizzards for the first time recently. At first I thought there was no hope for them, they were so weirdly hard and crunchy, but after slowly sizzling in fat and lardons and things for about an hour they ended up being really really good.

Also recently, made chicken heart 'tartar'. I submerged them in hot broth for 30 seconds first. Cut off the fat tops, diced them up finely, mixed with a little red wine vinegar, olive oil, fresh mint, capers, an egg yolk, pepper... served beside very garlicky frisee salad.

It was incredibly delicious, I generally find the cooked hearts off-putting, but when raw they are sweet and tender. Afterwards though, I had some doubts if it is okay to eat them raw, as I would never eat raw chicken... I started searching online and it seems like no one else is eating it... well, we didn't get sick. I would totally make it again.

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on October 20, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I thought about playing an offal joke on my roommate a few days ago. A friend of mine shot an elk and invited me over to check out the cleaning process. I geeked out a bit over the liver (which he gave me, score), and then we got going on the heart. First, as people who are very comfortable with meat, we played with it. Held it up and squeezed it going bum-bum, bum-bum, bum-bum. Poked around at it, looked at the valves, cut it open, played with the heartstrings. He said I could have the whole thing if I would leave it in the clear plastic bag in the front of the fridge to scare the begeesus out of my roommate. Thinking better of it, he gave me half of it which I vowed to conceal. Then we had some banter.

Me: "I've always dreamed that a man would want to give me his heart." Him: "Bet you never dreamed that it would be so you could cut it up and eat it." Me: "You're already married. Obviously it wouldn't work out anyways."

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on October 20, 2012
at 12:01 PM

  • I spent a lot of money on grassfed liver and beef, and attempted to make my own liverwurst. Unmitigated, inedible disaster.
  • I had bone marrow at a restaurant, served "on the half shell" in a split bone, with microgreens. Gamechanger: bone marrow went from mildly disgusting curiosity to luscious treat I frequently crave. Imagine a delicately gelatinous butter that tastes more like beef than beef itself, melting on your tongue.

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