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  • #16
    Epic!

    The only meat I ate for 2 months once was beef tongue. When people are prissy about their cuts, we benefit. Of course I can't understand why beef tongue isn't as popular as steak, it's delicious. Especially when cooked in a crock pot with spices and onions.
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    • #17
      I've got one hanging out in the freezer currently...I think you've inspired me to cook it! Crock pot sounds easy enough...the main thing I was worried about was how to "peel" it LOL, but from your pics it doesn't look too hard yum yum! I am all about the weird food...hehe
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      • #18
        I'm kinda bummed that I didn't like it. I love 'weird' food too- every organ I've ever tried, I've liked. Hell, I've eaten balut almost a dozen times (I started with the younger ones and moved onto the older ones). Glad I inspired you Ika! The prep was actually not gross at all- but looking at it, mehhhhh.
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        • #19
          Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall on last week's River Cottage showed him slow cooking in the same pot; beef tongue, beef heart and oxtail, well all three parts were from one of the River Cottage bulls he had been fattening up. After he slow cooked them with veges herbs etc he sliced them up and put them in a big soup with more veges for a big gathering of people I think. I am hoping to get all three from my butcher shortly. We are lucky here as all our cows and sheep are grass fed and outside. That's what happens in a medium sized country with a small population (4.2million I think we are now). We are overrun with possums though but haven't ever tried one. They do carry TB I think and are a bit tough but you see plenty of them on the roads here, kind of dead!

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          • #20
            Possums are eaten in the US- mostly by people on the lower end of the socio-economic scale. They're only in the souther half of the US, I believe. I recall seeing them a lot as a kid; they are sooo ugly. Never ate one.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by say_rahhh View Post
              I'm kinda bummed that I didn't like it. I love 'weird' food too- every organ I've ever tried, I've liked. Hell, I've eaten balut almost a dozen times (I started with the younger ones and moved onto the older ones). Glad I inspired you Ika! The prep was actually not gross at all- but looking at it, mehhhhh.
              That's funny: I can't even imagine eating balut (or most organs, for that matter), but tongue...YUM!
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              • #22
                OMG - if I came home with a cow tounge and started to prepare it would gross out my wife so much I'd never be allowed in the kitchen ever again. However - it looks delicious when prepared. Still, my wife balks at my entrecôtes... *sniff*
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                • #23
                  Your experiences reminded me of a few more things. I usually peel the inner membrane too, actually just cut it off like peeling an apple. Crock pot just seems easier to me, it's easy enough to do overnight, just cover the tongue with water and go for it. I find that slicing when cool makes it easier to slice it relatively thin and that makes the consistency of it better to me when I saute it, makes the outside a little crisp. So you might want to give it another shot and try a different method, in your photos, the pieces looked more like chunks than slices.

                  Balut, I had to google that. I recall seeing an episode of "Bizarre Foods" where that was shown once. If you can eat that and get grossed out by tongue, more power to you.

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                  • #24
                    I've been debating whether or not to get some tongue to try ... I might have to give it a go just to see. I almost bought some last week but chickened out.

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                    • #25
                      Jeff - I think you might be right. If I'd sliced it thinner, and perhaps pan fried it, that likely would've helped with the texture. Regardless, I think this was my first and last attempt at tongue. (That's what she said....)

                      Although, I think in a stew or a chili, it might be pretty good.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Victoria View Post
                        I've been debating whether or not to get some tongue to try ... I might have to give it a go just to see. I almost bought some last week but chickened out.
                        I have been wanting to try it myself, but I don't know if I would be able to stomach slicing it up and all that.
                        Your best bet would probably be to try it at a really good Jewish deli. I know my local place makes tongue sandwiches. --- You could probably just get the meat without the bread. Oh and be sure to add bacon! haha
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                        • #27
                          I have a tongue in my freezer and have been trying to get up the nerve to cook it. I hadn't seen any pics of it and I guess I wasn't expecting it to look so much like a tongue. I need to get up the nerve as I am about to have another one in there again as I am getting 1/4 cow very soon. I think I will do it sliced thin though and sauteed those big pieces look, quite, umm, revolting to me.
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                          • #28
                            I fixed a couple tongues a couple months ago. I used my crock pots and they came out good. I boiled it them for a while then cut the up and put the in the crock pots with some onions, mushrooms, and assorted seasonings. I like the texture of the base of them more than the tip. The tip got a little rubbery for some reason. All in all, I'd say it's good for ya and I will most likely cook it again. I like tongue more than liver but I prefer beef heart to beef tongue.
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                            • #29
                              Slice it thin!! Put some horseradish on it. Yum!

                              Sliced thick the way you did it, I can totally see how the texture would be a bit icky. good luck!
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                              • #30
                                Horseradish and onions is the Jewish way. Mediterranean style with coriander and tumeric might be good too. I would think you would want to marinate it for a day or so though, since its a muscle. I haven't had it since elementary school though. I thought it was cool at the time to eat a tongue the size of a plate.
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