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Old 09-25-2010, 08:49 AM   #1
Emily Mattes
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Default Organ meats--a primer

I'm starting to enter the world of organ meats. So far I've done liver (beef and pork), and I've been eyeing kidney and intestines at the local market. I'm a fan of the nutritional profile and the price.

However, I also remember vaguely hearing that some organ meats are fantastic for you if taken from a grass-fed source, but basically poison if you're buying it from the mass-produced supermarket cows. But that's my only source of meat for financial reasons (basically trying to spend <$2/lbs). Should be avoiding all organ meat, or just certain organs? Which organs?

If anyone has any favorite recipes for organs that would be great too. Any and all organs welcome, I've just been sauteeing up the liver bits (my oven's not working right now ) and have no idea what to do with anything else.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:11 PM   #2
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I would not do any filter organs from non-organic non-grassfed sources. So which are filter organs? Liver, kidney... I think it's just those two, right?
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:26 AM   #3
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The organ meat Bible!

I'm a big fan of foie gras, but not cuz of it's nutritional profile. It's just awesome.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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I believe cow heart is more expensive than liver, kidneys, and the intestine but doesn't smell anywhere as bad. Good meat when marinated.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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Calf liver, soaked in milk for a few hours before cooking is real tasty.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:27 PM   #6
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Cool book.

Emily I know less about organ meat than you do, so I'll be spectating on this thread. Thanks for starting it.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:05 AM   #7
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Don't worry too much about Grassfed, best to find local butcher or be willing to travel, then spend time on line. The Nose to Tail Cookbook is a classic.

I have a market that sells all organ meats, working on a killer pigs ear recipe along with cooking a whole pigs head.

Organ meats are cheap and packed with nutrients.

Have fun, eat anything that moves.
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