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    Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but I don't think I'm seeing enough love for organ meats on these boards!
    They're extremely nutritious, certainly help out a bit with the "expensive paleo" issue... what's not to love? Oh yeah, they take some getting used to, but their benefits are plentiful.

    So far I've had, from various animals,
    liver, heart, tongue, marrow, kidney, testicle, spleen, pancreas, thymus gland and thyroid gland. Maybe one or two more I'm forgetting.

    Ok, ok, tongue and marrow aren't organs, but you know what I mean!
    My favorites are heart, tongue, marrow, and kidney.


    Umm, oh yeah, I eat them raw. How's that for primal?
    I never know what to put in these things. I write songs!

  • #2
    Another offal fan here!


    I eat liver, hearts and gizzards (preferably duck!, but also chicken), and beef heart pretty much weekly.
    And marrow too, which is like freaking dessert...
    Spleen, sweet breads (thymus), pork tongue, and testicles are eaten now and then as well. Once a month or so
    I need more spleen, it's very tasty.

    Beef heart is more commonly referred to as "breakfast steak" around our house as it's great seared and served with some medium-easy eggs.

    I'm also a feet fan... feet belong in bone broth. So much good collagen and flavor.

    This past week I also purchased trimmed pork skin for making my own pork rinds.
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    • #3
      Making Filipino Sautéed Beef Liver tomorrow and enjoyed Peruvian Anticuchos over the weekend. Dry fried chicken livers last week. Over the weekend I'll be making Sisig with beef liver and pig ears.
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      • #4
        I like liver. I prefer chicken liver over beef liver because it's less gristly, although I eat beef liver too. Haven't tried other organs yet. Which other organs are good to try? I mean, some will say all of them, but I mean ones that are easy to transition to. Not too dissimilar from meat, not too shocking.

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        • #5
          I just bought some organic beef heart, I've eaten lots of moose heart. Stuffed moose heart is good, or sliced thin and fried with onions. Never tried marrow, but I think it's time. How do you eat the marrow? I hear you shouldn't eat liver unless you know the source is pasture fed/organic meat. Liver of poorly raised commercial animals probably has some bad stuff in it. I'm learning to enjoy oxtails, I know, not organ meat. But full of collagen. Oxtail broth to break my fast today, I'm trying to intoduce as much collagen into my arthritic body as possible.

          And why are you eating organs raw?

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          • #6
            If you can ever get your hands on some domestic rabbit liver... *swoon* ... one of my favorite foods on the planet!

            Beef heart, once trimmed up, is just like super beefy very lean steak. NOM! I like it seared and rare!
            Tongue can be intimidating to prepare with all the peeling of tongue skin... but the meat inside is GREAT slow cooked. Lots of rich connective tissue/collagen in it to give it that richness.
            I think that spleen(I get pork), prepared well, is better than beef or pork liver any day.

            And marrow... MARROW is like beef candy!
            “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
            ~Friedrich Nietzsche
            And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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            • #7
              I make up batches of curried offal, often with meat on the bone as well, for my breakfast. Current batch is beef tripe with lamb chops. Before that was chicken liver and hearts. Love me lamb brains - got to be next on the menu
              Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

              Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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              • #8
                Originally posted by windypasswheeler View Post
                I just bought some organic beef heart, I've eaten lots of moose heart. Stuffed moose heart is good, or sliced thin and fried with onions. Never tried marrow, but I think it's time. How do you eat the marrow? I hear you shouldn't eat liver unless you know the source is pasture fed/organic meat. Liver of poorly raised commercial animals probably has some bad stuff in it. I'm learning to enjoy oxtails, I know, not organ meat. But full of collagen. Oxtail broth to break my fast today, I'm trying to intoduce as much collagen into my arthritic body as possible.

                And why are you eating organs raw?
                I hear you on the pastured liver. I get 100% grass-fed so I'm not worried.
                Raw because I follow, more or less, the raw paleo diet. You can look it up if you're interested... or disgusted! :-P

                Sunnivara, like cori said, heart is a great "transitioning" organ meat... a lot like muscle, because, well, the heart is a muscle!

                And peril, how I wish to try brain! I've never seen any grass-fed brain available anywhere. Or grain-fed for that matter.

                Glad to see you guys chiming in!
                I never know what to put in these things. I write songs!

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                • #9
                  I started eating a small (50g) piece of grass fed beef liver every morning with breakfast. I make a 1lb batch then slowly work my way through it. I view it as my multivitamin.

                  How do you all prepare your liver? I have yet to find a recipe that doesn't include onions. I marinate mine in onions and wine for a few hours then pan fry in lard.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                    If you can ever get your hands on some domestic rabbit liver... *swoon* ... one of my favorite foods on the planet!

                    Beef heart, once trimmed up, is just like super beefy very lean steak. NOM! I like it seared and rare!
                    Tongue can be intimidating to prepare with all the peeling of tongue skin... but the meat inside is GREAT slow cooked. Lots of rich connective tissue/collagen in it to give it that richness.
                    I think that spleen(I get pork), prepared well, is better than beef or pork liver any day.

                    And marrow... MARROW is like beef candy!
                    oh my gosh rabbit innards are so incredible. You are right on with this. I've never tasted anything with such a great complex flavor as rabbit liver. And I consider myself to be an organ meat lover too!

                    I really like THYMUS. veal thymus can't be beat by much.
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                    • #11
                      I knoe how nutritious they are, still looking for ways to enjoy them more though.

                      Chicken liver are tastier than others... heart is much easier to eat too.

                      I was grating frozen liver into mince meat to get it in without noticing! But im not giving up, they are some of the most important things we can eat!:
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                      • #12
                        I don't eat it enough that's for sure, aiming to change that!

                        I've only had raw chicken liver, and just a little taste to see, it wasn't bad. I think I could get used to it.

                        Look up John Sapinoso on youtube, and check out his Ninja Warrior submission tape (alternatively, do a search for 'primal ninja warrior' on here, I made a thread about him a few weeks back) he's an amazing athlete and also follows a raw-ish paleo diet. Though he does eat more in the way of carbs, but he work out pretty intensely. Best part of his Ninja Warrior video, busting out a bag of raw beef livers and eating one on camera, I loved it.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                          I've only had raw chicken liver, and just a little taste to see, it wasn't bad. I think I could get used to it.
                          I have definitely got sick from eating undercooked chicken that was still a bit pink. Eating a chicken liver raw sounds like asking for trouble to me.

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                          • #14
                            I'm actually of the mind that muscle meat should be thrown to the dogs but it is very hard to find anything other than liver. Liver is my fave though. I've got my thermos packed with liver and eggs today.

                            My grass fed beef source sells a ground offal dog food. I've actually considered buying it for myself but I am afraid of the scorn if I ask them if it would be safe for me to eat and the ridicule if I were to actually eat it and be found out. Has anyone tried it?
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                            • #15
                              Live, heart, bone marrow, love them all. Have not had kidney yet or "sweetbreads". Have eaten mine raw also.....but like it a bit better lightly sauteed. I add some raw liver to my kid's smoothies once in a while though still . Got some ox tail on order, and some liver in the fridge for tonight as we speak.

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