Sweetbreads

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  1. Woodsroamer

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    why are they so hard to get? I recently bought a 1/4 cow and the butcher said he would get them for me, but he ended up just giving me 4 lbs of fat:(. I just recently gave up on trying to find them on deer. If anybody eats them, how in the world do you find them?
     
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    I had them about 60 yrs ago, non since.
     
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    Maybe the “butcher” doesn’t know his meats. Maybe he thought you were asking for the deep kidney fat not the pancreas. Maybe specify the pancreases? Probably not available if they don’t process the whole animal. Many “butchers” get the animal already processed to a degree and they just slice up the muscles.
     
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    Were they any good?
     
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    I told him I was talking about the thymus and pancreases. And he got the cow alive so I’m assuming he does it all. I’m not really calling him a bad butcher because I’ve tried locating the thymus gland on at least 30 deer and have failed every time. I realize it’s hard to find and I can’t imagine to many people asking for it.
     
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    BlueDogScout Where is all the shelf stable bacon??? Supporter

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    Gotcha. So it sounds like he is an actual butcher
     
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    Yes they are few and far in between here
     
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    Agreed you are lucky
     
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    ...and very good fried!
     
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    sweetbreads are the brains.
    With the advent of mad cow disease, they have virtually disappeared. Ever notice the old porterhouse steaks and pork chops used to have the spine marrow in them? Not anymore. They are all removed and disposed of. Shame too, they are delicious.
     
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    Yeah I got all kinds of goodies like the tongue, heart, liver and ox tail
     
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    I've gotten them at my local grocery store but it's not something they continually stock, I don't think.

    We have a large Hispanic and Asian community presence, which often use organ meats in ethnic recipes, so there's more of a demand around here to support it.

    But, along those lines, if you have any ethnic markets / butchers in your area, they might be a place worth looking at.
     
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    Sorry, sweetbreads are not brains, though that may be used as a misnomer locally. Sweetbreads are glands, most typically the pancreas or thymus but sometimes other glands. Brains fall under the broader category of offal but they're not sweetbreads.

    Feel free to not take my word for it and look it up instead; I would.

    But you're right, since mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) became a thing, eating cow brains has pretty much disappeared.
     
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    I was told, Lymph Glands.
     
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    Well, thanks to the inspiration of this thread, guess what we're having for dinner one night this week?

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    Nice score!
     
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    I didn't use pics to document every step, but here goes...

    First I soaked them overnight in water. When ready to cook, I first put them in a saucepan covered with fresh, cold water, brought it to a boil, then boiled for about 5 mins. Then I drained them and put them in an ice water bath for about 10 minutes.

    At this point I tore them up. They come in big chunks with plenty of gristle and some membrane but as you remove that stuff, you find what's left is a collection of various sized nodules. These you keep.

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    From there I tossed them with some flour, seasoning, and panko bread crumbs then pan fried them until done, maybe 10 minutes total.

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    The finished result tasted vaguely like fried oysters with a firmer texture. My 4 year old, 7 year old, and wife all loved them, everybody finished their plates.

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    I don't understand why animal glands are called sweetbreads... I came to this thread looking for cookies.:26:
     
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    Because they can be spongy like bread and the are sweet to eat!
     
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    That's what my family kept asking me throughout the dinner, why are they called sweetbreads. I just said I didn't know.

    I waited until they were mostly done before I told them what it really was. Though when I did they weren't grossed out.
     
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    Probably being breaded and deep fried made it seem normal. I think you could do that with about any kind of critter and most would find it tastes good.
     
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    Well, "normal" and "good" aren't necessarily the same thing... I didn't say they tasted normal...

    You should give 'em a try and see what you think then.
     
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    I'll be back in Mexico later this summer and we'll eat about anything made into a taco. They looked good, we did up some chicken fried snapping turtle a while back which was really delicious. Makes me wish we had gators to grab but I think our winters get a bit to crispy for them.
     
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    I can only get them at a restaurant and it's been about 30 years ago that I saw them on a menu.Maybe you can find them online?Dartagnan sells veal sweetbreads.Here's the link.
    https://www.dartagnan.com/veal-swee...MI9uWbgZ_i4wIVgZ6zCh33MQyUEAQYASABEgIp1vD_BwE
     
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    You'll find sweetbreads on a gourmet foods list that sells ALL KINDS OF MEAT GOODIES.I love sweetbreads.They have a nutty flavor IMO
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    Sweetbreads are delicious. Haven't had them for many moons.
     
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    Sweetbreads have fallen out of favor over the years, as has most/much organ meat. Back in the day the animal was used nose-to-tail but so often today folks just want the common cuts. A big part is probably a general decline in folks cooking at home. Funny, offal cuts are often expensive now! Years ago the butcher would give you all the bones you wanted, ox tails too! Now they're sometimes sold at a ridiculous price considering they're "scrap".
     
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    Tell me about it my grandma works at a geriatric center and an older lady wants ox tail soup because she has not had it for years because of the price. I plan on making her some the next day I get off.
     
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    I love oxtail soup! My grandma on mom's side was off-the-boat German, didn't speak English til she was eight. We grew eating tons of German food, organ meat, offal, etc. Mom is a great cook although she hasn't cooked much since my siblings and I grew up and moved out 25-30 years ago.
     
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    sweetbread ................mmmm puerto rican majorcas ................
     

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