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I had some kidneys in my freezer

Beef kidneys. Now my mom always cooked organ meats, but my family is not very used to them, and I never mastered the trick of making them not taste weird.

Tonight I thought I would make kidneys into meatloaf... I whirled them up the food mixer and mixed in the breadcrumbs and eggs and spices-- son was suggesting things, and adding them too. Just before we put it in to cook he sniffed at it and said "Well, it doesn't remind me of urine. I like that in a meatloaf." 

So, we'll see. it should be healthy-- and full of iron, which I am supposed to be taking in-- if it can be eaten. I will let you know.


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Nov. 28th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Your son's comment made me laugh out loud!!

We NEVER ate organ meats (well, the kids didn't - my Dad liked liver occasionally). We used to take the little baggie of organ bits from the turkey to an elderly neighbor. She told me she saved them up and made a soup from them.
Nov. 28th, 2012 08:28 am (UTC)
'organ meats' that's better than 'variety meat' - what happened to 'offal'? Seriously why not raise the kidneys next time with a little beef and onions?

The chicken or turkey 'giblets' are perfect for enriching soup & good kosher cooks use the neck and feet too; or you can toss them in olive oil and make what they call 'salade de gesiers' in the South West of France.
Nov. 28th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Not just kosher cooks, either. My mom did the same. And saved chicken fat to use as grease in meat dishes, all those thrifty things. Good practice. And tastes good too.
Nov. 28th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)

That site has some fantastic recipes.

My lot won't eat kidneys so I put chestnuts in the s&K pie instead.

Snake and pigmy rools!
Nov. 28th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I have never had S&KP. I suppose I could learn to make it. I make sweet pies all the time.

S&KP always reminds me of Sharpe. I imagine him putting down his rifle and eating a meat pie, and smiling.
Nov. 28th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I looked at recipe-- it is less complicated than I feared. You cook the meat first?! That makes more sense.
Nov. 28th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
The Waitrose recipes are generally really easy to follow.
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Nov. 28th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
They are inexpensive, and good for you. That is the attraction for me. And I like the idea that I can make something good out of something that is just sitting there, waiting. I think I will learn.
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
"Well, it doesn't remind me of urine. I like that in a meatloaf."

Ha ha ha, best way to decide on food ever!
Nov. 28th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
My son is a funny guy. Very dry wit.
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Organ meat? *Electric* organ meat?
Nov. 28th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
A very classy organ joke. You rule, Serge.
Nov. 28th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Phew! I was afraid I'd have to avoid flying frying pans.
Nov. 28th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
I lol'ed at your son's comment. Your meatloaf sounds pretty good.

My mum and nan used to love kidneys, although they always ate the pork variety. I still remember the smell of them cooking for hours. It was disgusting and I would always end up fleeing the house. Having said that, I do like a good steak & kidney pie, but then pretty much anything is edible when it's ensconced in some nice buttery pastry (Mrs. Lovett would agree, I guess).
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
What can I say? Your son has exemplary taste!

I confess I am not a fan of offal, it's the texture that does it for me. There is a classic dish that used to be cooked in the islands where I'm from - sheep's head broth. I have never tried it but my mother used to speak in horror of her mother cooking it. The head had to me singed before boiling and she said she used to dread coming home to that tell-tale singed smell :}
Sep. 28th, 2016 09:59 am (UTC)
My husband imports meat to China. Most of our travels have been to places with slaughterhouses. We went to one on our honeymoon. A big part of his business is offal. Many of the organ parts are more expensive than the meat parts here. There is a certain way they need to be cut, cleaned and treated. My favorite things he sells are pizzles and paddywack. (Just to say, not to eat. He actually likes eating all that stuff but I would rather have a nice bit of chicken breast any day.)
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