As you will have learned by now eating offal is good for you. But it can prove challenging to make some of it palatable. In this post, I am to provide you with some tips that could help you include more offal in your diet, even if like many of us you don’t really enjoy it.
When eaten you’ll find that it has quite a familiar taste. Instead of eating in its complete form grind it down. It is hard to distinguish the ground heart from ground beef. It may, however, taste slightly richer, and you may find you enjoy the taste of it even more.
When it comes to grinding heart to get the right texture you are best off using a meat grinder that sits on the top of a kitchen counter. However, if you have a mixer you may want to consider investing a meat grinding attachment for it. You can use a food processor, but you won’t get the same texture as with a meat grinder.
It can prove disconcerting cooking this type of offal. But once cooked you’ll find it has quite a familiar flavor to it. After cooking you can either shred it or slice it then add to a salad or serve with some gravy.
For those who have never eaten liver before then, I suggest you go for one of the more mild flavoured, such as chicken or lamb. As with the heart grind it down and add to some other ground meat. But in our home, we love liver whole.
Once combined with the other ground meat it will make a delicious meatloaf, chilli or spaghetti Bolognese.
The first thing you’ll learn is that the various organs taste different from one animal to the next. But it isn’t only the taste that is different you’ll find that the texture is. When it comes to making steak and kidney pie I prefer to use pig rather than lambs kidney because the taste is much stronger. However, when it comes to cooking with liver I prefer lambs over pork or beef.
Even small amounts of offal are better than none. For example, consider adding some liver to your smoothies. Trying adding about 1 teaspoon of raw or cooked liver. But before you do make sure that it has been frozen for no less than 2 weeks. This will ensure that any pathogens in the offal have been killed off. But if you don’t fancy this, then blend some liver with a little water, before adding to a stew. This will help to then thicken it up.
Try and eat different offal from different animal’s as this will provide more variety in your diet. Even try including items that you don’t like. Plus make sure that you try out different ways of preparing and cooking them, along with trying out different ingredients that can help to hide or enhance the flavor of these items.
Keeping the above in mind should soon help you get over your feelings about offal. Soon you’ll start to wonder what all the fuss was about.
If you want to try offal, then here is a very simple recipe you use. This is one that I use regularly. When trying liver for the first time I would suggest getting some lamb or calves liver first as the taste isn’t as strong compared to pigs.