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Definition of Offal

Definition: Offal

A collective term for the entrails and organs of a butchered animal. Examples include organs such as tripe, tongue, intestines, brains, liver, kidneys, and thymus glands (also known as sweetbreads). Although many cultures (such as American food culture) have traditionally shied away from eating offal, mixed-organ meats have become more prevalent at restaurants and in butcher shops. Because some organs can contain dangerous bacteria, they must be handled with care to be eaten safely.

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bethb216 bethb216 6 years
I can handle calf liver, but I will not even dare to try any other type of guts
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I tried intestine soup once (kind of like menudo, but with intestines instead of tripe) and it was gross. Don't even get me started on liver. Why would you eat the body's toxin processing center? That's so disgusting.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
Oh dear God that's nasty.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
love offal! I hated tripe and liver when I was younger, but as I got older I became more adventurous with food. Love lengua tacos!
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
I just tried sweetbreads for the first time a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. They were DELICIOUS!!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
When it's prepared right, mixed organ meats can be really tasty. Many ethnic dishes have organ meats, and they're delicious.
dani17731 dani17731 8 years
Gag city! I'm a picky eater and I would NEVER eat offal. Unless it was for money on some type of "Survivor"-style game show...
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
my husband LOVES this....the thought of it makes me nauseous blekh
Food Food 8 years
I love tendon and tripe. I have always wanted to try brains!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Awesome when it comes to sweetbreads.......love them in Italian gravy or fried Argentine style.......don't even need to top them with bacon they are so good!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
Awful sounds right to me! ;)
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