This is partly prompted by that Disgusting Food programme that was on last night. I don't understand. Why is it yummy and delicious to eat flesh, but abhorrent to eat connective tissue? Liver - fine. Kidneys - fine. Bladder - noooo. Why? It seems pretty arbitrary to me.
"Yum, I am really enjoying this sausage because I think it consists of arms, legs, back and neck... what's that? It contains ears?? I think I'm going to be sick!"
I remember people trying to gross me out as a kid by informing me that sausages were made by blasting the leftover flesh off the bones. I remember thinking, "what, so exactly the same flesh as the rest of the animal? Why is that gross?"
Its the thought of putting rubbish like that in mine and my childs bodies.
I buy the highest meat content of everything , sausages, burgers when we have them (normally once a year) Scampi. I dont buy anything that has the word minced and formed on it, like scampi there is a vast difference in price bcause of the actual amount of scampi there is.
I like to think the higher price/higher meat and fish content the better the cut of meat and fish and the less amount sinew, beaks, ears, anus goes into it.
I just can't bear the though of that shit in mine and my childrens mouths.
I agree entirely, if an animal is going to lose it's life to become food for us we should respect it enough to eat all of it. Obviously there are one or two bits that won't be edible but the rest is just protein and in the hands of an expert can be turned into tasty, nutritious food. the whole reason that intensively reared chickens are bred to have unhealthily large breasts that mean that they have a shit quality of life is because, largely, the western world believe that they deserve the 'best' part of the chicken, so what if the animal lives in pain? Nose to tail eating is the best way of respecting the fact that a living thing has died to feed you.
Necks have a fair amount offlesh on them compared to what you imagine so they go in the stock pot. I have to admit I balked at keeping the feet but I have tried fried chicken feet and didn't enjoy them. I do try and abide by the meat manifesto at the beginning of Hugh F-Ws meat book though as it sums up well how I feel. As he sys Offal offers us the chance to pay our respects, ina full and holistic manner......