beef heart = good….

26 Jul

beef heart urbanpocketknife

So yes, there are those of you out there that are quite squeamish with organs of animals.  However…let me try and convince you that beef heart is where it’s at!  With organs, people get all weirded out because things like livers and kidneys filter out bad stuff…so why would we eat it?

I am one of those rare types that can eat almost anything (I blame it on the chinese upbringing) but if you really think about it, a heart is a muscle.  You eat muscle?  You eat steak and ground beef right?

The heart is a hard working muscle which makes it quite lean and you would expect it to be quite tough but it actually isn’t at all.  We buy ours from a freerange and organic farm and it comes quite fresh.

But here is the tough part, if you’re butcher just gives it to you whole, you’ll have to do some serious cleaning and that might make you squeamish all over again.

beef heart urbanpocketknife

See looks like just a regular piece of roast when it’s cleaned right?  Yes you will have to trim off fat and the silver membrane that covers the whole heart but it’s quite worth it.  The meat is tender, you can cook it up on the bbq just like steak with it medium rare in the middle.  We’ve cooked it well done on skewers with veggies before and it was still moist and tender.

beef heart urbanpocketknife

Cow’s hearts can weigh up to 4lb each but they can be cooked in a variety of ways.  Grill it, stew it, you name it, it’s tasty and there’s virtually no fat.  Plus on the bonus side, beef heart is usually super cheap!  We get ours for $1 a pound, that’s an amazing steal.

It’s not quite stringy like regular meat muscle is but it’s got the same firmness that liver and kidneys just don’t have.

Even fancy restos are serving it up now…try it…just forget what it is and enjoy!

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2 Responses to “beef heart = good….”

  1. Wendi ingram November 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    Beff liver and heart is full of iron and will help give you all the energy you need wendi

  2. Wendi ingram November 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    I Love Baby Beef liver sauteed in butter done over very fast will be tender less than one minute each side. but I baked some beef heart and it was tough like leather so re thinking will have to try and sauteed it fast. wendi

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