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    I have cooked myself beef liver twice in the past few weeks and today I cooked beef heart in the crockpot. I enjoyed the heart better probably because I followed a recipe and anything is better in the crockpot.

    I can not wait to try other organ meats.... maybe brains down the road? Seriously though... The nutritional profile for organ meats is sick and its so damn cheap!

    What organ meats do you love?
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    • #3
      Brains! *zombie walk-drool*

      Remember, kiddies: brains, not grains.
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      • #4
        beef liver hands down my favorite food

        heart is good too, as well as kidney but its a pain in the @$$
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        • #5
          One of my favorite treats is venison heart, but it was rare to get it. I used to love the rabbit hearts as well.

          I don't hunt anymore, unfortunately. I miss all the wild game from my childhood. I might have to find some beef heart in the near future.
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          • #6
            Here they call Lamb's liver 'lamb's fry' for some reason? anyhow I like that, kidneys. Cooked ox heart recently and it was a bit tough, I think my mum used to do lamb's hearts and they weren't tough and want to try from PB Cookbook, sweetbreads which I think are the pancreas. I wish they'd just use the proper words for the different organs.
            Mountain oysters anyone? ha ha

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            • #7
              Buffalo liver. I eat about 4 oz for breakfast a few times per week together with a little fruit or some tomatoes and I feel like Superman for 5 hours. It's the cocaine of meats. It's $3/lb at my farmer's market. I've researched a little about the nutritional profile of beef liver and it is extremely nutrient dense.

              Liver to me is much different than heart. I've tried beef, chicken, and buffalo liver but only beef heart (although I have a lamb heart in my freezer). Beef heart sliced thin and sauteed does not really taste all that different from a lean, sliced cut like London Broil. Beef or Buffalo liver has its own unique texture though. Chicken liver was too mushy and I did not like it.

              I'm not sure if tongue and marrow are considered organs or not. I don't think tongue is as nutritious as liver.

              Organ meats are awesome, I'm glad they are cheap. It's crazy that a top flight organ is $3/lb or less and an expensive cut can be 5 times that.

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              • #8
                DH was raised on a ranch, and he has very fond memories of having scrambled brains-n-eggs for breakfast w/ his granddad. I haven't gone there, yet, although he says they cook up quite similar to chorizo. I grew up with fairly traditional meats, with a few odd exotics [or, exotic for me] thrown in, like oysters and frog legs and such. I did learn to eat liver during pregnancy, and developed a love for it almost instantly. I've only had beef, venison, and sheep - all of which was pretty similar, wrt to flavor and how it cooks up.

                When DH went back to school, his first semester, senior year, was absolutely grueling. I thought it would be nice to prepare him an old-school meal. You know, like Granny used to make - something comforting and nutritious and good. So, I hit the store in search of organ meats. Couldn't find brains, didn't want to do plain ol' liver... ohhh, beef heart! I'll give that a try!

                Got it home, and wasn't prepared to be confronted with... the entire heart... tubes sticking out of it... looking like it just needed to be put back and plugged in. I froze. WTH was I going to do with *that*? I thought about slicing it thin and cooking it up like a country fried steak, but figured that would be "cheating", and I didn't want to shaft him on something like this. So, I broke out the books, hit the internet, and pieced together a mental picture of how make an absolutely mouth-watering beef heart. (Everything I found said a slow, moist heat is the way to go.) So I lovingly got all the extraneous bits out, tied it back together, seasoned, and roasted it. I was terrified I'd screw it up - and I so wanted this to be just wonderful for him.

                When he got home that evening, I unveiled the surprise. He blinked and stared at it. Finally, "OK, it looks like a roast, but you seem pretty excited. So, what is it?" he asked.

                "It's heart! Beef heart!"

                "Really?"

                "Yeah, um, just like... Granny used to make, right?"

                He smiled at me and said, "Oh, we usually just sliced it thin and chicken fried it."

                The moral of this story could be "call Granny before you jump through flaming hoops". Or, "you can pretty much cook this stuff any way, and it'll be delicious!" Whichever works. (The heart roast was delicious - seasoned lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic, seared in a cast iron pan, and roasted on 300'. yum!)

                I do also really like tripe (in pseudo-menudo), and liver and heart. We haven't had kidneys, although that's just b/c it hasn't dawned on us to search for them. But this thread has my imagination up and working, now.
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                • #9
                  Thanks to the blog, I discovered the delicious little nuggets that are delectable chicken livers. Soon after, I hunted down some grass-fed beef liver.

                  ...I hated it...

                  I was so surprised!
                  Little Saiyan

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                  • #10
                    Here are my favorites:

                    - Marrow
                    - Liver (beef, lamb, pork)
                    - Heart
                    - Tongue
                    - Heart

                    The only one I seem to dislike is kidneys. The taste remind me of urine. I'm also looking forward to try brain, it's as primal as it gets.
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                    • #11
                      I love beef heart. I cut it into cubes and make kebabs (kinda like anticuchos) with a cumin-chipotle marinade. I've also tried beef liver, which I like, especially with onions and bacon, but not as much just on its own. Plus, I find I can't eat that much liver at one sitting, so I have to make the rest of the meal bigger. My non-primal husband (VERY non-primal -- he makes homemade bread every weekend) came from a family of hunters, so he's been the one getting me into more organ meats. I also like chicken liver pate, with lots of butter.

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                      • #12
                        Heart!!!! <3
                        "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

                        "A pound of meat a day keeps the doctor away"

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                        • #13
                          I love liver! Bite size pieces stir-fried with chunks of bacon and onions, seasoned with a dash of Lea & Perrins - my mom gave me the recipe, it tastes great that way.
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                          • #14
                            Heart, tongue, marrow, neck. I have tried brains and couldn't get them to cook right. I think I always end up over cooking liver but I force myself to eat it. I am not a fan of kidneys. I want to try sweet bread if I can get it.
                            A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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                            • #15
                              Oh!!!
                              I forgot to say, "marrow". This is one of my favorite things in the whole world, but I have found that it grosses most people out.
                              (Maybe that's another reason to like it.)

                              I like to get a goat leg from the butcher for special occasions, and I get them to slice it cross-ways about 5/8" thick. Throw it in the slow-cooker with spices and stuff, cook all day---then you have all that awesome meat for recipes (and the cook gets the marrow!).
                              Marrow is Primal crack.

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