Do you, or would you, eat offal? Lung, liver, kidney, heart.

@thea09 (18281)
Greece
August 2, 2009 6:50am CST
Does the whole idea put you off or would you be prepared to try it? Do you eat it sometimes? What dishes would you make with it? I'd love to know.
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@mysdianait (55653)
• Italy
2 Aug 09
I eat liver often and I love steak and kidney pie or pudding. Sadly here in Italy offal is not widely used though locally there is a very special dish - Fritto misto alla Piemontese - which uses pig's brain too I know that might sound unpleasant but I can assure you it is delicious!
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• Italy
2 Aug 09
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• Australia
2 Aug 09
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• Italy
2 Aug 09
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@kprofgames (2906)
• United States
2 Aug 09
A lot of what we consider offal is put into hot dogs here in the US. I was raised on a farm so the liver, heart, tounge, tale all those never go to waste. Tounge is boiled then sliced up and used for sandwich meat. Liver is devine with onions. Heart we've boiled and diced up for soups and stews. Never used the kidney before, but the intestines are saved for making sausages.
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi kprofgames, I don't think I'd ever go near an American hot dog or burger after reading what exactly went into them straight from the slaughter house, in a Robin Cook book about contaminated meat, but that was more by the filthy practices described than by the meat content. There are quite a few of you cooking heart up and it's one thing I've seen offered anywhere as a food type. Interesting.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
4 Aug 09
Hello Thea, as far as I'm concerned, offal is awful! I hate it with a passion, but I'll cook liver, bacon and onions for Tony. He prefers pig's liver, as it has more taste than lamb's. I coat it with seasoned flour, then fry it in a large pan. When the outsides are sealed, I add sliced onion, then when that has softened, I put in a couple of bacon rashers. When everything is cooked, I crumble in an Oxo cube, then mix a level dessert spoon of cornflour with about 100mls of water. Stir this into the pan and bring to the boil for a really rich gravy. I cook liver about twice a month, as it gives me the chance to make myself a nice pasta dish. Tony will only eat pasta if someone else serves it up to him! He also loves steak and kidney pudding, so I usually make a batch of 3 or 4 and then freeze them for him for later use. There are some very good microwave steak and kidney pudding recipes around if you want to cut down cooking time.
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
4 Aug 09
Hello Sandra, you really didn't need to post me a liver recipe, believe me I never want it in my kitchen. You should have been more careful with your answer, maybe all these offal eaters on here are going to stand up and attack you, believe me you are in the minority by hating it. They do the most disgusting thing I've ever eaten round here, every Easter, but I've learnt to put my foot down and refuse to eat it, what bit of I am never eating it again do they not understand. It's a vile soup concocted from eggs and lemons with plenty of intestines chucked in; and it's compulsory to like it. Sorry to say this but steak an kidney pudding is a unique horror of my childhood, I loathed the combination of suet an kidney together, I won't be round when that's on the menu, give me tappas any day
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
4 Aug 09
oops, forgot to ask what you think of the new avatar?
• Spain
4 Aug 09
Thea, I'm not sure about the avatar, I loved your other one, though, so I'm biased. How about a photo, or is that it? (Only joking!) Robert, Tony loves his steak and kidney as well. Is that what makes you both Babe Magnets, I wonder?
@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I love liver & onions. that is the only one of the above mentioned that i have eaten. I like to roll it in flour & fry it w/alot of onions cut up over it. I had some just last week.
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi Jo, it seems like liver is making a bit of a come back these days, so long associated with horrid school dinners it seemed to go right out of fashion, but now so many different nations seem to be eating it again. Personally I was put off for life by the school dinner liver and don't really indulge in the other stuff mentioned.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
2 Aug 09
OMGOSH, I remember that awful liver they had in school.I know alot of people don't like liver & onions but i do. I wouldn't want it every week just every once in awhile. I like chicken livers to.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Well chicken lives don't sound so bad. I was quite shocked upon trying a little piece of liver, Greek style, which everyone raves about, that it still tasted exactly like those hideous school dinners of old.
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@Galena (9124)
2 Aug 09
I like offal. it seems rather obscene not to use the whole animal. heart I particularly like, and Liver and Bacon casserole is a favourite.
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi Galena, I take your point that you may as well eat the whole animal if you are going to eat any of it but still have a bit of a squeamish approach to it but would definitely try it if I didn't actually know what it was. I have never tried heart but absolutely love raw tripe with onions and lots of vinegar, which most people find a revolting thing to eat. For some reason I've never fancied it cooked and the tripe on sale here doesn't look anything like the honeycomb stuff I'm used to.
@Galena (9124)
4 Aug 09
I've not tried tripe. I WOULD try it. I understand it's quite different from the tripe we used to feed our dogs, which smelt very nasty. I'd love to try sheeps brains. I've read that it's very very very nice indeed.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
4 Aug 09
Hi Galena, raw honeycomb tripe is a must if you're not faint of heart. I could never eat it cooked, I think in my childhood it was boiled up in milk and I couldn't think of a more foul combination. I'd definitely rather eat heart than boiled tripe, just the thought of that texture
• United States
4 Aug 09
i'd have to be really hungry. my grandfather would have ate it though.he ate brain,tongue,liver.. if i had to,i'd probably make a soup of it.probably the best way to hide what it is.
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
4 Aug 09
Hi scarlet_woman, another rare voice of sanity. I think reading all these responses from the heart and brain eating mylotters may have actually put me off the idea completely. Believe me soup is no way to hide it, my worst dish ever is intestine soup as I described it to Sandra above. There were a few on here that curried it though which does't sound as bad, and it actually sounded quite good Italian style too.
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• United States
6 Aug 09
eggs,lemons and intestines..ye gods..i don't think i could eat that at all. curried without the other stuff maybe..but i'd still have to be famished.
@James72 (26833)
• Australia
4 Aug 09
I'll eat beef kidney and liver, but not lung or heart. Chicken liver is something we have every now and then too and there's usually heart in there as well which isn't realluy someting I enjoy too much, bit it's OK. Kidney and liver with bacon and onions is quite tasty. It's not something I could eat regularly though and it's more of a "once in a while" thing. I've eaten brains before as well and they weren't so bad!
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
4 Aug 09
Hi James, quite a few of you Aussies are turning out to be offal eaters. Your tastes don't seem too extreme but you should see what some of the others on here go round eating. For me whatever you put with liver will never be enough to disguise that taste, oh no, keep forgetting it goes into pate which I like.
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@James72 (26833)
• Australia
5 Aug 09
Heya Thea! Pate is excellent! I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food and I've eaten some pretty bizarre things. Many of them would make offal pale in comparison I think. Snake, insect larvae and even duck while it's still in it's egg for example. The joys of traveling! lol.
@mermaidivy (15422)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I know some of the people will freak out when they hear some of us eat those but it is not a big deal to eat them in my home country and they actually taste very good when they are cooked good. For example, kidney, we eat chicken kidney, use some sauce like soya sauce to preserve it and cooked it in the sauce for couple hours, wait until the kidney absorb the flavor, then it can be served, it is very good :-)
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
3 Aug 09
Hi mermaidivy, you actually make the kidney sound quite good. I think it really does make a difference being introduced to this sort of thing early on so that it is no big deal to eat them, I think we probably psyche ourselves up to thinking I can't eat that. But I definitely can't eat it in the style they cook it over here as they don't cook it with anything spicy to liven it up.
@marguicha (44008)
• Chile
3 Aug 09
I have had all of them and I like them . There is a sort of soup that you can make with lungs. It´s delicious. Then I like fried liver in a heated skillet with lots of crushed garlic. That way, the interior is still half done. Kidney I like with cognac or grilled. And with heart I prefer "anticuchos" a peruvian discovery. They are like squares, grilled and served with a very hot chile paste. Yummy!!!
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
3 Aug 09
Hi marguicha, I really like the sound of the hot chile paste but not sure about what you are putting it with. I definitely couldn't face lung soup but you make the kidneys sound good. Maybe we need to eat these things from childhood to have a real taste from them rather than be off put by the squeamish factor. I am now so suprised by the number of people who enjoy eating offal.
@yelrihs (301)
• Australia
2 Aug 09
Hi thea09! We love offal! In my culture, we cook offal normally in a soupy kinda food. For example, a noodle soup. We will use beef broth as the soup and add all sorts of offal in it. We also cook it in curry and chili. Pretty much the same theory, but we eat it with rice instead. Ox tounge is the best when boiled, then sliced very thinly and stirfried with very hot Wok and chili, lots of chili!
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi yelrihs, when you said curred and soup I immediately thought of the Scottish muligatawny soup which is a thick brown curried soup with some kind of offal in but I can't remember what kind. I will find out and cook it up this winter, I'd forgotten all about it. With chilli or curry I would imagine that offal would be quite good to eat.
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Here in the Philippines we eat offals it is like delicacy here. There are many ways how to cook it here. To remove the smell we add some spices to taste it better. We clean it very well while rubbing salt on it and boiled first before to cook it. Some foreigners don't like it and find it disgusting but here there's many ways to cook it here.
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@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi agv, it must be good to be brought up in a culture where these things are widely accepted so one is used to them. In the UK liver was widely used in school dinners in my childhood and was enough to put anyone off for life. Here in Greece liver is much extolled but I've never overcome my childhood revulsion of it.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
22 Sep 09
now...why did i miss this discussion.....i guess i was not a member then. still...here i go...my favorite would be roasted liver and kidney. heart can go both roasted and with curry. never tried lung.(might consider if opportunity arises) and why did you miss the brain? sheep/goat brain curry is really delicious. you should try that sometime..
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
22 Sep 09
Hi sunny, a member of what? You probably missed it as it was two months oldbut I just put the BR on and when it was acknowledged it brought it up again. Now you don't exactly sound serious about eating all these things Sunny but believe me, many of the responders did seriously eat it and enjoy it too. I was in a definite minority by only enjoying raw tripe (that's cows stomach by the way)
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
22 Sep 09
membership of mylot..i joined almost two and a half month back. well i am serious about what i mentioned. never tried cow's stomach. but yes that reminds me that cow's tongue is also edible and its intestines are used to make sausages. though i didn't try these as yet.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
22 Sep 09
I didn't know that in India offal was eaten much, certainly not curried. I've never come across any recipes for curried heart or such, you have suprised me Sunny.
2 Aug 09
Well I have tried all those things which you mention along with tongue, heart, brain and a few other things which do not sound in the least bit tastey. From those you mention the only one which I regularly eat is kidney and only when served in a steak 'n' kidney pie, a la Fray Bentos. I think because from an early age I was brought up eating the likes of liver and bacon the thought off eating offal doesn't put me off even if I don't actually enjoy the taste of a specific part. This may sound harsh but not to make use of every part is in my opinion a waste and I get annoyed at those who are willing too eat meat but turn their noses up at offal without ever trying it. Just to add to your collection of weird and wonderful food you must try Tripe, preferably deep fried as it is lovely. Plus slow cooked pigs trotters are not half bad either.
3 Aug 09
It may equally surprise you that I do actually cook most of those delights myself. The only reason I go for good old Fray Bentos as you just can't beat them even when making your own, it's all to do with the woderful flaky pastry they use.
5 Aug 09
Pastry is one thing I am absolutely lousy at. Pretty much anything else I am more than happy to cook but the minute a recipe requires me to make pastry I usually find something else, especially as I'm not a fan of following recipes exactly.
@Trensue (3707)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I really like heart. We eat a lot of wild game and it seems a waste not to use every part of the animal. So every is on the plate at one time another. Some seems more tasty than others, but waste not want not is our motto.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
hi Trensue, another heart fan, I had absolutely no idea heart was really eaten like this, and in different cultures too. I suppose if you have the whole animal though it's worth trying but I'd definitely need someone else to prepare it, I can't even gut a fish properly without making a mess. I think I could manage a lot of the bits if they were curried as someone mentioned above.
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@Trensue (3707)
• United States
3 Aug 09
It taste great just baked in the oven. We soak it in salt water for a couple hours and it is good to go.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
4 Aug 09
For a non heart eater you've got me curious as to what you do with it after it's soaking, do you just bake it whole or do you need to remove any bits first?
@dolphin2406 (1228)
• Poland
2 Aug 09
Hi, mostly I like liver either cooked on its own with onions etc or with pasta or as a pate.I like kidneys too but don't buy it myself and had tasted lung at home. Otherwise it depends on what it is. Last time we went to the meat shop there was a big tongue it was somewhat green, I would not eat that.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi dolphin from Malta, green tongue, you've just made me go a bit green at the thought, was it just sort of hanging around on display? Sometimes we forget what we're actually eating, I keep saying I don't like liver but I do love pate, probably just don't think about what's in it. No way could I eat lung, even curried. You are yet another in full favour of offal eating.
• Poland
2 Aug 09
hehe no they were laid on a tray in the display I prefer the chicken liver its soft and well very good for me.
@patofgold23 (5075)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
i eat anything...!!! actually they all taste good...especially if u know how to cook them right
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
6 Aug 09
Hi patofgold, quite interesting comment as you mention cooking it right. Now myself I've never been a fan of offal and the only type I actually enjoy is raw tripe which of course is uncooked. So it leads me to wonder if other people actually eat any kind of offal raw or if the idea of that is just too gross to contenplate.
@busky5 (3166)
• Thailand
5 Aug 09
In my country has a soup which its ingradients lung,liver,kidney and heart of pig.It is a popular soup in Thailand.I also like to eat.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
5 Aug 09
Hi busky, luckily your country offers many other varieties of wonderful food so partkaing of the offal soup can be avoided I presume. Glad to hear you enjoy it though. The other night it was so hot here and no water on so I thought perhaps something light but hot to eat might work to cool me down. I cooked up a wonderful bowl of tom yom soup but it just made me hotter.
@GardenGerty (74110)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Aug 09
I do not eat organ meats. The idea does put me off. Mom would cook livers and heart from chicken. Gizzards, as well. I just cannot do it. Not Brains either.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
3 Aug 09
Hi GardenGerty, As I try most things once I could try but I'd rather not know what they were until after I'd decided if I liked them or not. I'm not sure what gizzards are but think it's something from a chicken. I used to cook liver for my son when he was still on liquidised foods but the smell of preparing it nearly made me gag. You are definitely in the minority here though, nearly everyone has expressed a love of offal.
• United States
2 Aug 09
Don't know what offal is... so I can't say. I have eaten liver many times. I stopped as it just cannot be good for you! Think about it; it's the filter for the body which means it catches all the goo... eewww!! But it does taste good fried with onions!!!! It also has too much sodium in it. I have eated hearts from chickens. they are great! Also when you make gibblet gravey at Thanksgiving... you use the insides of the turkey for flavor!! I don't eat any of that anymore as I don't hardly ever eat meat!!!But the ones I have eaten do taste good -- just not good for you!!!
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi macdlingolinger, how can you say you don't know what offal is and then go on to say you eat liver and chicken hearts. Is it referred to by another name in the States, I know lots of foods are, for instance you eat zucchinis but we eat courgettes, and I'm lost for the minute on what you call aubergines but know it isn't that. I actually don't know if any of it is good for you or not, I thought liver was supposed to be packed with iron, but personally hate the taste. I have never heard of anyone eating chickens hearts before, that's definitely a first, but know that chicken livers are quite common. If I have to choose any I'll just stick with raw tripe (that's cows stomach).
@nancyrowina (3852)
2 Aug 09
I eat liver, we fry it with onions and have it with gravy, it's really good for you it contains lots of vitamins and iron. I tried kidneys once too but wouldn't have them again, kidneys you have to cut out some little tubes that are left inside it's really awkward and messy and the result doesn't taste that nice either (I made a stroganoff recipe with them). So I'll eat them already prepared in a steak and kidney pie but not on their own if I have to prepare them scratch.
@thea09 (18281)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi nancyrowina, whilst I wouldn't be averse to trying some of these things it would have to be after someone else prepared and cooked them, there's no way I'd be prepared to start cutting tubes out of the insides of kidneys. I can't eat liver, I loathe the taste and texture, reminiscent of school dinners in my childhood. It sounds good the way you have it as love onions and gravy but I know I wouldn't like it. I even tried a bite last year expecting it to taste better now I have a more mature palatte but it still tasted like those hideous school dinners.