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« on: March 08, 2011, 01:49:36 AM »

So I recently got interested in trying food that sounds completely gross for those who don't eat it. I'm willing to give any food a shot, and am always interested in trying new things, so I've ventured out to my local supermarket to try new foods.

The first was "head cheese." If you don't know what head cheese is, it's where they take either a cow or pig head and boil it so all the meaty bits are removed from the head. They then take that and let it sit in its own gelatin. The result is then pressed and it's usually sold in slices at any decent butcher block.

I bought half a pound, and it really wasn't all that bad. The meat tastes like meat, and the gelatin it's set in was a lot tougher than your usual Jell-O. It wasn't the greatest sandwich meat I've ever had, but I didn't find anything too objectionable about it. In fact, if anything, it was sort of bland. Put it on a sandwich with some mustard, though, and it was kind of tasty. I think I sold myself short buying the prepackaged stuff. My co-worker was telling me about his cousin who makes the stuff and mixes it with all sort of spices. That sounded really good, much better than the bland stuff I ate.

The second thing I tried was "pickled pig's feet." It is exactly what it sounds like. Basically, they take pig's feet and then cook them in vinegar and pickling spices. The feet are then stored in vinegar, available to eat at any time. You might find them in bars, and if you live in the American South, you can see them sold in any convenience store right next to the beef jerky.

I bought some jarred from the local supermarket. They really weren't too bad. As far as the taste is concerned, they reminded me of salt and vinegar potato chips, which I love. The difference is that you are basically eating pig skin, which wasn't nearly as gelatinous as I was expecting. I was hoping there would have been more actual meat on the feet, but it was basically just scrounging for bits of skin; a straight shot of vinegar.

I can picture myself eating a pickled pig's foot if I was six beers in or so.

It really makes me salivate for pickled pork, which I think can be amazing. I love corned beef, so I'm wondering how good pickled pork would taste.

So I think I'm going to keep trying weird foods. If you have any suggestions, let me know and I'll give it a shot. If you have any stories about trying stuff like this, post them!
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 02:02:09 AM »

Oh, this might make you laugh, too. (Or gross you out.)

I was at a seafood buffet here in Phoenix, and they had chicken feet available. I figured, why not?

The chicken foot I grabbed was breaded and deep fried. What you are supposed to do, is eat the skin off the chicken foot. It may seem weird, but if you like deep fried chicken skin (I love it), that's all it is. No meat, just the skin.

I didn't know that at the time, so what I did was just pop the entire foot in my mouth and start chewing. Basically, I was eating chicken bones. If that sounds terrible to you, it was. Possibly one of the worst things I've ever eaten, because I was chewing on chicken bones.

I think you should try chicken feet, it's chicken skin, which is great. But don't do what I did, which was pretty stupid. I felt like an idiot later when I found out how I was supposed to eat it. (To be fair, I was an idiot.)
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 02:09:03 AM »

Try a South Africa delicacy known as a 'smiley' ~ one of these:  TeddyR

A cooked sheep's head with the eyes still in the skull ~ those two you eat first.*

* So that what you eat is not watching you eat it.  Buggedout Buggedout
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 02:53:19 AM »

Try a South Africa delicacy known as a 'smiley' ~ one of these:  TeddyR

A cooked sheep's head with the eyes still in the skull ~ those two you eat first.*

* So that what you eat is not watching you eat it.  Buggedout Buggedout

That was in a James Bond flick, 'Octop***y' ( I always thought they should have followed up with "Octotwat, the sequel that's not equal", but, I digress).

I was stationed in Texas twice and never got around to trying rattlesnake. I am disappoint.

Currently looking for a good old-fashioned catfish house, with no luck.
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 02:59:14 AM »

I was stationed in Texas twice and never got around to trying rattlesnake. I am disappoint.

I have tried rattlesnake, way back when I first visited Arizona as a kid and went to the Rawhide ranch. I now live in Arizona, and could go there at any time.

From what I remember, rattlesnake tastes exactly like chicken, a bonier version of chicken.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 05:27:41 AM »

In rural Franconia here in Germany some people still slaughter pigs at their very own home twice a year, spring and autumn. They usually hire a butcher to do the "dirty work" as in turning the pig into sausage. The pig is bought and killed in the courtyard. A rather nasty custom is to hang the pig by its hind legs and slitting the throat, catching the blood with a bucket. Warm fresh pig's blood is considered a delicacy and is eaten like soup. They say its the best part when home-slaughtering a pig.
I tried some once but yeah, not my kind of food. It was warm and salty. I spat mine out.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 06:01:57 AM »


"My brother makes head cheese! It-it's reaaal good!"



My grandfather ate pig's feet alla time....I didn't care for it.

As far as eyeballs-years ago I went to a mexican party where they had a goats head. My freind Juan told me the eyes were the best part. He  scooped one out and ate it. I was hammered on El Presidente-so I tried it too. I puked.  Bluesad
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 07:32:55 AM »

Here in Minnesota pickled herring seems to be popular.  I tried it once - it was cold, wet, slimy, and salty.  Never tried it again.  Thank god I'm not Norwegian, those folks get stuck eating lutefisk and lefsa for Christmas   Bluesad
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011, 09:19:02 AM »

I'm okay with trying unusual foods, don't really have a weak stomach for it. However, some of that stuff sounds like something somebody ate on a dare. "Here. Try this. It's a delicacy."
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 09:42:38 AM »

I love trying different foods.  When I was in China a couple years ago, they had seahorse on the menu in one of the restaurants we went to.  I wanted to try it, but the locals said it wasn't very good and no one else at the table wanted it, so I ended up not getting it.  Maybe someday . . .
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2011, 04:01:06 AM »

OMG you guys, now I feel ill Buggedout.   But I'm vegan so there's no surprises there.  Still, when I did eat meat, I never ate any of that stuff and I never would.

My tastes are very basic, food is just fuel so being adventurous is just.not.on.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2011, 04:09:48 AM »

OMG you guys, now I feel ill Buggedout.   But I'm vegan so there's no surprises there.  Still, when I did eat meat, I never ate any of that stuff and I never would.

My tastes are very basic, food is just fuel so being adventurous is just.not.on.

I'm pretty sure you would like another SA delicacy, known as 'pap' [pronounced 'pup']. No, there are no small dogs in it.  Buggedout Wink

It is white maize meal porridge cooked to a stiff consistency, so stiff in fact that you are actually supposed to eat it with your fingers. Sauce all over it and it is a good, filling meal which everyone can eat.  Thumbup
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2011, 04:13:19 AM »

OMG you guys, now I feel ill Buggedout.   But I'm vegan so there's no surprises there.  Still, when I did eat meat, I never ate any of that stuff and I never would.

My tastes are very basic, food is just fuel so being adventurous is just.not.on.

I'm pretty sure you would like another SA delicacy, known as 'pap' [pronounced 'pup']. No, there are no small dogs in it.  Buggedout Wink

It is white maize meal porridge cooked to a stiff consistency, so stiff in fact that you are actually supposed to eat it with your fingers. Sauce all over it and it is a good, filling meal which everyone can eat.  Thumbup

Okay, Trevor, just for you, I'll try it  Twirling
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2011, 04:45:05 PM »

Here in Minnesota pickled herring seems to be popular.  I tried it once - it was cold, wet, slimy, and salty.  Never tried it again.  Thank god I'm not Norwegian, those folks get stuck eating lutefisk and lefsa for Christmas   Bluesad

Oh, yes. Pickled herring, lutefisk, and lefsa. I grew up in a Norwegian community in Washington State, so I know those three well. Pickled herring. I've had it. It's not one of my favorites, but it's not bad. Lefsa. It goes down better than pickled herring, but it's dry, so you have to drink something along with it. Lutefisk. Even a hungry dog will turn up its nose at lutefisk, but it's a delicacy among Norwegian-Americans. I don't know whether that speaks better of the dog or the Norwegian-Americans.
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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2011, 05:02:31 PM »

OMG you guys, now I feel ill Buggedout.   But I'm vegan so there's no surprises there.  Still, when I did eat meat, I never ate any of that stuff and I never would.

My tastes are very basic, food is just fuel so being adventurous is just.not.on.

I'm the opposite. I'm BORED with food almost, I need something new. This is, as far as I'm concerned, the sole reason for space exploration: The search for new and exciting plants and animals to kill, harvest, and eat.
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