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Offal, what are the best pieces

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Created February 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Probably, you all will agree that nutrition-wise liver is the best? What's the second-best? What's the third-best? :)

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on March 01, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Cool tip on the chicken feet Jess! I often throw them into the chicken stock but was giving them to the dogs afterwards. I'm going to try roasting them.

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on March 01, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Whew, OK it is on the list for the next taco stand!:)

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on March 01, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Haha, a legitimate concern ;p you won't get anything funky. Cabeza tastes just like carne asada, in my opinion!

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on February 29, 2012
at 11:15 PM

I am working up courage to try tacos de cabeza (head), with the main worry being I may get an eyeball!

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on February 29, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Good link to send to my mom, thanks! I got her to try liver for the first time since she was a teenager and she actually liked it. Now she's asking me about the tongue I just cooked.

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on February 29, 2012
at 08:52 PM

aaagggh tacos de lengua are my favorite.

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on February 29, 2012
at 07:32 PM

+1 for tongue tacos. Yum.

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:42 PM

You know what works for me? Sear in butter, cover the plate in heaps of dry minced garlic, stick a pat of butter to the side. The texture and flavour of the mixed garlic completely masks that rich mineraly "liver" thing people tend to dislike, the crunch trumps the spongey texture. The butter is just... Yummy.

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at 04:34 PM

for the life of me, I cannot get Liver down my throat, chicken livers I can but not beef or any other. I rely on heart and tongue. I do like a good well made pate, go figure.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 29, 2012
at 02:19 PM

The three that I eat the most are liver, heart and tongue. Liver is just plain easy and fast and not too bad now that my tastebuds have grown up. As a kid I used to eat only the bacon part of liver and bacon- they are good together.

Heart takes longer to cook but can be easy if it is cooked slowly in a crockpot cut up like stew meat. Tastes fine with a different texture than muscle meat.

The best way for me to enjoy tongue is in 'beef tacos'. I cook the tongue in the crockpot with jalapenos and tomato, then peel and shred it once it is cooked.

I have eaten sweetbreads and tripe but will not hunt them down and cook them. Tripe seems like eating soft rubber bands and sweetbreads are too sweet and soft.

Occasionally my husband plea bargains for steak and kidney pie and I make it for him. Each time that happens I try a bite and even though I have no sense of smell, I still don't want to eat more than that, but end up eating the steak part instead.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 01, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Whew, OK it is on the list for the next taco stand!:)

6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

(405)

on March 01, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Haha, a legitimate concern ;p you won't get anything funky. Cabeza tastes just like carne asada, in my opinion!

6d06945c5244687be2f6a9ca731b9cc6

(405)

on February 29, 2012
at 08:52 PM

aaagggh tacos de lengua are my favorite.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on February 29, 2012
at 07:32 PM

+1 for tongue tacos. Yum.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 29, 2012
at 11:15 PM

I am working up courage to try tacos de cabeza (head), with the main worry being I may get an eyeball!

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Liver, for obvious reasons; heart, for coQ10 and zinc; and chicken feet, they're packed with collagen, and if you prepare them correctly, you can eat all the little bones as well, so they cover calcium if you aren't up to consuming massive quantities of dairy. And I know, but stop thinking that, they're DELICIOUS. Pop em in a slow cook or pressure cooker for stock/broth, fish 'em out after a few hours, season, oven at 400 until crispy (and don't forget to turn). Bones and all.

I don't bother with muscle meats anymore, they're kind of boring flavour and texture-wise. Marrow, tendon, liver, sweetbreads, brain, pig feet and ears over any cut of muscle you can throw at me. Do yourself a favour, get a good offal cookbook and search out for a restaurant in your area that does it well. Once you've had it done right, you won't be so apprehensive.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 01, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Cool tip on the chicken feet Jess! I often throw them into the chicken stock but was giving them to the dogs afterwards. I'm going to try roasting them.

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on February 29, 2012
at 02:02 PM

I would use the order listed in this Organ Meats article from Mark's Daily Apple. (Though I still "ack" at the idea of eating kidneys!)

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on February 29, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Good link to send to my mom, thanks! I got her to try liver for the first time since she was a teenager and she actually liked it. Now she's asking me about the tongue I just cooked.

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on February 29, 2012
at 08:48 PM

Just spent some time in Scotland and loved eating haggis and blood sausage daily :)

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on February 29, 2012
at 06:51 PM

If you can find spleen, it is particularly awesome. Especially bacon-wrapped. Milder than liver, better texture, it's just good.

Nutritionally, no clue.

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on February 29, 2012
at 08:43 PM

I actually like liver. Pan fry it in coconut oil or butter with onions and mushrooms.

DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT EVER GET KIDNEYS OMG SO NAST.

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:28 PM

All grass fed of course, I cook a lot of heart, beef and venison and I love tongue.

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on February 29, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Given that so many folk avoid organs, whatever organs you eat the most are the most nutritious (for you!)

For me they are liver, heart and kidney.

ETA: I also love blood sausage and haggis and while looking for cookbooks found this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Odd-Bits-Cook-Rest-Animal/dp/158008334X

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