on August 28, 2010
at 02:48 AM
The good thing is that because many parts of the animal are not often eaten in the US, those parts can often be had for very very cheap! I used to buy a lot of liver when in college simply because I could have a giant steak of it for just a dollar! It's also great if you want to feed your dog more healthy food on a budget. I don't like the taste of pancreas but the dog loves it! She loves tripe too.
The benefits are that if you eat the whole animal, you not only don't waste it, but those parts have much much more nutrition than the muscle meat. The muscle meat is the least nutritious of the whole animal. PLus, in America, the other parts are often very inexpensive. I'd say the main downside is we as Americans have not always developed a taste for other parts and also do not know how to cook them to their best potential. SO it takes some work and relearning.
However, one thing I have tried to do since going paleo is learn new recipes and try new things. And the internet is there for cooking tips. If I don't like the outcome, the dog is always willing to help with the cleanup and since all the foods are paleo, they are plenty healthy for her as well. Many of the weird body parts are actually cheaper than the expensive grain free high protein kibble I buy for her anyway. I have found that I can find all kinds of less mainstream animal parts at groceries that have more foreign customers.
on August 28, 2010
at 03:42 AM
The entire animal has value for consumption of some kind - whether for diet, for clothing, or for other uses. Methuselah (his handle) over at Pay Now Live Later has a great three-part series on "nose to tail" eating called Making the Most of Animals.
Part 1: Wonderful Offal
Excerpt: "...along with our usual purchases, we returned home with a cow's heart the size of a soccer ball, two lamb plucks (liver, heart and lungs all still joined together), a cow's tongue and two pig's kidneys. Chopped up, this made a staggering 16 meals; and I mean man-sized meals. We are talking 300-400 grams of meat per meal. For zero cost."
Part 2: Glorious Fat
Excerpt: "...it's not wise to compromise to eat the fat from industrially farmed animals: they are fed with food like corn and wheat, and kept in unnatural conditions, as a result of which their fat contains more omega 6 and less omega 3 than wild or free-range animals. Eating the fat from such meat is probably not very good for you, though ironically this is not for the reasons the sat-fat-heart brigade claim. The key point: fat from free range, organic, or pastured animals is actually good for you!"
Part 3: Beautiful Bones
Excerpt: "The arrival of the slow cooker meant we were cooking the bones for 8 hours or more. I noticed that when I was removing bits of meat from the bones with my hands, the bones would sometimes crumble. So I tried eating one - and lo, it was good. The texture was crumbly - rather like the bones in tinned salmon or sardines. It felt fine to eat them."
Mark Sisson also had some great posts on offal as well:
Bottom line: don't be afraid to eat the innards. They're actually quite nutrient dense and definitely paleo!
on December 12, 2011
at 01:42 PM
Pigs head - one of the tastiest things I've eaten in years, especially the ears. Don't scoff until you've tried it! ; )
on August 29, 2010
at 01:33 PM
Can't go past steak and kidney, bacon and liver, butter fried brains. Yum. A friend who worked at a local ham/bacon small goods factory here in Australia said their slogan was "The only thing we waste is the piss and the squeal".
on August 28, 2010
at 01:14 AM
Organ meats are incredibly nutritious.
Here's a blog entry I wrote about it, with stats: http://www.lindsaymstarke.com/2010/08/offally-good/