When in foreign lands, they say, you have to try the local foods..
And so here I am, ready to try my first weird and local cuisine (although I actually found out it's actually a German thing... neighbour enough!): Tongue ham!
What attracted me to it, it's the idea of eating a part of an animal that isn't commonly used.
Why do I believe is important to do that?
(1) Respect for the animal we killed
We need to remember where our food comes from. As a reformed vegetarian I still try my best to carefully consider and remember that the meat under my knife comes indeed from something that we killed. So, let's not throw the 'least liked' parts in the bin
(2) Combact food waste
In a similar manner as the respect for the animal, too much food gets wasted on this planet. It's time to stop, so let's use everything we can! This includes all organs and blood. Sorry for the grim aspect to this post (shouldn't be grim though, that's the point!)
(3) Can be healthy
Now, I don't know if my tongue ham with his processed nature (hey, everyone can have a day off..) is entirely healthy. However some 'less-liked' animal parts can be extremely nutritious. Kidneys, Liver, Tongue can be rich in essential vitamins and nutrients.
Not only healthy, but less-liked parts can also be cheaper, which means even in lean times you can be healthy and keep up your protein intake!
(5) Spark your creativity
Using less common ingredients should spark your kitchen creativity! What best than invent something new? And perhaps surprise family and friends? Go on... challenge yourself!
And remember to keep those bones and unedible by themselves parts (such as cartilage) to make nutritious stocks and broths for other recipes!
So... to summarise, in order to help the planet, contribute to less food waste, respect the animals, save some cash and spark your creativity: eat something unusual! (high grim factor preferred)
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