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Awful Offal???

28 May

Continuing the topic of offal, some thoughts about two popular dishes (at least in Europe)…

Sweetbreads  

Sweetbreads


No, not a nice cinnamon bun.  Sweetbreads are organ meats.  There are two types:  stomach or belly sweetbreads (the animal’s pancreas) and neck or throat sweetbreads (the animal’s thymus gland).    This may be too much information, but hey, we eat meat here.

Sweetbreads are considered a delicacy today, and fall under the category of offal – or, in my opinion – awful!

Calf Brains   

Calf's Brains


Brains are often scrambled with eggs or battered and fried.  I personally won’t eat them, despite the fact that they are a very common dish in Europe.  I want to see more research on the possible health effects of eating calfs’ brains.   Ever since the increase of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), I prefer not to recommend brains or any nervous tissue until research proves there there’s absolutely no health risk.

How about you?  Have you ever eaten either of the above?  And what did you think?

It’s just … offal!

14 May

When is a sweet bread not like a cinnamon bun?

When it’s spelled “sweetbread”.
Sweetbreads are organ meats.  There are two types of sweetbread:  stomach or belly (the animal’s pancreas) and neck or throat (the animal’s thymus gland).

This may be too much information, but hey, we eat meat here.

Sweetbreads are considered a delicacy today, and fall under the category of offal – or, in my opinion – awful!

And since you ask…

Offal

The term comes from “off-fall” – items that fall off the animal carcass when it’s butchered.  Offal are parts of the animals that are not skeletal muscle.  Offal usually includes things like the heart, lungs, liver, abdominal organs and extremities like head, tail, feet, brains and tongue.  Other terms for Offal you may see are “Organ” or “Variety” meats.

By the way, in poultry offal is called giblets.

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