As you will have learnt by now eating offal is good for you. But it can prove quite challenging to make some of it palatable. In this post I am to provide you with some tips that could help you to include more offal in your diet, even if like many of us you don’t really enjoy it.
1. How To Eat More Heart
When eaten you’ll find that it has quite a familiar taste. Instead of eating in its complete form grind it down. You’ll find it hard to distinguish 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 in order 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.
2. How To Eat More Tongue
It can prove quite 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.
3. Why Not Hide The Liver
For those who have never eaten liver before then I suggest you go for one of the more mild flavored, such as chicken or lamb. As with the heart grind it down and add to some other ground meat. But in our home we actually love liver whole.
Once combined with the other ground meat it will make a delicious meatloaf, chilli or spaghetti Bolognese.
4. Find Out Which Type Of Offal You Prefer
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 as well. 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, is better than none at all. 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.
6. Don’t Limit Yourself To Eating One Type Of Offal
Try and eat different types of offal from different animal’s as this will provide more variety in your diet. Even try including items that you don’t really 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 particular items.
Keeping the above in mind should soon help you to get over your feelings about offal. Soon you’ll start to wonder what all the fuss was about.
If you want to give offal a try, then here is a very simple recipe you use. This is one that I use on a regular basis. 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.