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  • #16
    Bought one on Monday and cooker it up overnight, slow cooker, 9 hours. As someone else said, I'm forever burning my fingers by peeling it before it cools! Into the frying pan with some tallow, chilli powder and chilli flakes. Lovely stuff and will be used to break my fast this afternoon.
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    • #17
      Well, that was an interesting experiment!

      I think the tongue I had must have been treated in some way by the butcher. We bought half a beast some time ago, so the tongue was just bagged up and chucked into the freezer. The meat tasted quite salty, like a corned beef does, so I'm assuming that it was pickled (or whatever the correct term is). There didn't appear to be any liquid in the bag once defrosted, so I just rinsed and popped it into the crockpot with water, a slosh of vinegar and some pepper corns (I didn't even add any salt). Last night I peeled it, and then chopped it up into small cubes and then fried with some onions, garlic, worchester sauce.

      The kids came over while I was chopping it up and asked what was for tea, so I just told them 'beef', they each tried a cube and didn't really say anything. Then they both cleared their plates at dinner time! I can't get my son to eat chicken, yet he'll eat tongue? My question now is: when exactly should I tell them what they had for dinner (if at all)?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Lizzielou View Post
        My question now is: when exactly should I tell them what they had for dinner (if at all)?
        Immediately after the dinner ends, and they have said that they liked it.

        We just got a couple of cattlebeasts, so I see heart (steak) and kidney pies in our near future.
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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        • #19
          i've got beef heart cooling, that i will re-heat for tonight's dinner. with some tomato confit and cilantro.
          As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by cantare View Post
            My first cow tongue experience? It was a moonless summer night and the crickets were chirping madly as I slipped around the corner of the barn near the hay-field. I was going to meet Katie Higgins and was breathless with anticipation. I heard a rustle, felt a warm figure loom up beside me in the darkness, turned expectantly to kiss her and--

            Scarred for life, I tell you.

            *

            But I guess I'll have to give it a[nother] try now I know how to braise & peel it...thanks for the thread!

            Somebody beat me to it! I saw the title of this thread and knew I just had to post something along the lines of what you just did. I can't now of course - hahhahahahaha. Excellent. The primal humor.

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            • #21
              I just made my first too! To be honest, this morning when I took it out of the fridge I put little plastic baggies on my hands because I just couldn't bare to touch it while I rinsed it off... Plopped it in the slow cooker for about 6 hours (it was only 1.5 lbs) and just finished cleaning it. For some reason I wasn't bothered by it at all once it was done cooking - taste buds and all but before hand was another story I was surprised about the 2 layers of skin - the outer one practically fell off - the very tongue looking one (the bottom side of this layer was black in color for the most part). Under that was a white layer that also seemed to have small bumps like taste buds on the top of the tongue, but was just smooth on the bottom of the tongue. It seemed as though this could be eaten, but I wasn't sure. So, I took it off too - I lost more meat than I would have liked though as I used my filet knife to do this because this layer didn't seem to stay together very well - as in no peeling potential. The dog enjoyed it though.
              Once the meat was cut up into slices for tacos later I suspect fiance will have no idea he isn't eating "regular" beef. I'm excited to have found a $2-3/lb source of pastured beef!
              Last edited by lorichka6; 08-06-2012, 12:01 PM.

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              • #22
                Tongue is really good with horseradish.

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                • #23
                  Thank you for your super descriptive post. The hardest part of trying new offal is knowing what to do to it, what parts you have to remove and how you might cook it simply.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • #24
                    you can actually eat the whole tongue...even the chewy skin, full of collagen. Just toss that tough skin that peels easily.
                    Would I be putting a grain-feed cow on a fad diet if I took it out of the feedlot and put it on pasture eating the grass nature intended?

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                    • #25
                      Fiance wouldn't touch it. He ate turkey hot dogs. I am somewhat bothered by the fact that, to the typical American, tongue is "grosser" than a hot dog. But, that was me a year ago, so I guess I have to keep my pie hole shut

                      This site helped a bit for details:
                      http://www.instructables.com/id/Boil...ngue/?ALLSTEPS

                      No mention of that second layer though. Mine did not look like this one when I peeled off the outer "skin". There was definitely a white layer left - not just meat-like tissue.
                      Last edited by lorichka6; 08-06-2012, 05:49 PM.

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                      • #26
                        Oooo good one. Choosing a hot dog over the tongue. I'm going to have to use that one as a come back line
                        Would I be putting a grain-feed cow on a fad diet if I took it out of the feedlot and put it on pasture eating the grass nature intended?

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                        • #27
                          Okay, sorry, but I couldn't resist anymore. Every time I read this thread title, I picture some dude making out with a cow. Serious tongue action. I don't know why!
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                          • #28
                            They had tongues at the market today. Oh man they are HUGE. I could practically feel the thing licking me. I just didn't have the courage. Maybe next time. I got tails and bellies instead.
                            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                            • #29
                              Quick question on this: Does anyone save the skin/tastebuds/other cast-offs and use them in broth later? Or do you feed them to the dog?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                                Thank you for your super descriptive post. The hardest part of trying new offal is knowing what to do to it, what parts you have to remove and how you might cook it simply.
                                I'll eventually try beef tongue, I will, I promise. However, I have been around cows all my life and have seen them do this too much:
                                cow.jpg
                                If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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