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Do you eat offal?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Nov 17, 2018.


Do you eat offal?

  1. Yes

    24 vote(s)
  2. No

    13 vote(s)
  3. Erm..

    1 vote(s)
  4. Other

    0 vote(s)
  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Another food one ... and again triggered by my daughter...

    She thinks offal is yuck.

    We pointed out liver ... then steak and kidney pie... pate... but as she doesn't like these things it's still yuck.

    So do you like organ meat?
  2. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    No way. As a child, my mom would give us liver once a week and I used to dread it. My brother would eat anything, but my sister and I would make sure that our cat was under the table and we'd slip him bits when mom wasn't looking.
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Love Liver and things like Pate. Love tongue. Not so keen on kidney. Never tried heart.

    When I was a kid my parents would buy lots of offal. They liked heart and one of Dad's favourites was brains on toast! I had a Saturday job in a butchers in the 70's They sold lots of offal. Hearts, brains, liver, kidneys plus sheep's head, tongue, cheek, pigs ears, trotters and sweetbreads. I recall one Christmas. Loads of customers had been paying into their Christmas club for ages and the week before the day a truck delivered about 200 fresh turkeys. They had been plucked but that was all. So we went in on a Sunday (Closed on Sundays back then) set up the blocks in a line and the two butchers and me dressed them all. My job at the end of the line was to take the innards and sort through them. Into a greaseproof bag I would then put the liver, heart and the neck after I had skinned it. Then I would have to find the crop, slit it open and remove the lining with all the grit and recently eaten food in it. Wipe it clean and put that in the bag as well. Close the bag and stick it inside one of the birds. Happy days:oops:
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  4. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I didn't like the cooked to grey with tubes in liver that we were served when I was a child. I enjoy liver pate or parfait though. I haven't tried sweet breads often but I have liked them when I did. I still don't like kidneys.
  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Liver - yes but cooked pink, not turned into grey rubber

    Stuffed heart - I think I did once but not any more.

    Kidney - yes - as small flavour addition not rubbery pub style steak n kidney. Kidney on toast for breakfast used to be a breakfast option in a previous career - the appearance had it known locally as ‘sh|t on a raft’

    Tongue - yes, cooked, pressed and cold is delicious
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  6. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    Memories of dad cooking pork chops with the kidney attached. Pork chop- yes, kidney- happy cat.
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  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter


    Love haggis.
  8. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

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  9. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Liver, heart, kidneys, sweetbreads, tongue- yes
    pate-almost addicted!
    tripe and udder-no way!
  10. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Offal used to be the cheap meat because the rich people only ate the best cuts from the animal - nobody wanted the innards. But when it was realised that offal is actually really healthy and loaded with minerals and vitamins and essential amino acids, it became trendy again and got expensive. Not sure what the situation is currently.
  11. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    My family owned a butcher's shop and I can very much relate to
    @blazer's childhood experiences with turkeys. We dined on the finest meats, but also ate a fair amount of offal too, because my parents liked it.
    I agree that liver is best when cooked pink, but the same applies to kidney. Steak and kidney is one of my favourites. People frequently make the mistake of giving the kidney the same amount of cooking time as the steak, as it will often be mixed together. The kidney needs to be added towards the end of the cooking.

    We regularly had stuffed heart, which I quite liked as a kid, but have gone off now. I've only eaten brains on one occasion, as a starter in a restaurant near Carcassonne and found it delicious.
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  12. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I was only reminded the other day about my weekly black pudding fry ups when I was a student.

    Tripe has so far escaped me but I've probably eaten the rest in some form or other, especially in France.

    I've even tried tanning fish skins with deer brains but I didn't eat either of them because I washed my hands before tucking into my butties :)
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  13. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Cooking offal such as liver or kidneys requires a bit of thought to make them palatable, but it can be done. Lamb's liver and kidneys are definitely much nicer than the pigs equivalent, especially the liver.

    I remember eating tripe and onion as a lad but not liking it very much. I wasn't the only one,one of the comments about the food on board RN ships during WW2 was that is was OK but boring and most things were eaten but tripe was the one thing that went "straight from the servery to the gash".
  14. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I have cooked it for our dogs, who seemed to love it, but the smell makes it impossible for me to ever contemplate trying.
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  15. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    My sweetheart tends to buy lambs liver and kidneys, but I prefer those from pigs. Without a doubt, calves liver is by far the best. Morrisons is the only supermarket I've found that sells it, but unfortunately it's not often available.
  16. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

    Kidneys fab esp in red wine. Super cheap
    Liver great esp calves.
    Heart tough.
    Brain OK but looks weird whole on the plate.
    Testicles OK but way too big.
    Thymus, pancreas nothing special.
  17. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Love it. We ate it often as children because we were not well-off and it was cheap and savoury. I still cook it.
    I'm in Bury atm and have a bag of delicious black pudding!
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  18. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    Chicken liver and onions was one of my favourite meals growing up.
  19. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    My wife and I are vegetarians.
  20. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I've never eaten brains or testicles but I'll eat most things. I think if you kill an animal to eat you should use everything.

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