Episode 113: Blood and Guts in Food! Special Halloween Episode

Monday, October 29, 2018
Happy Halloween, Hungry Squared listeners! We talk all about blood and guts...in food! Oooooo....creeeeepy! Listen at your own risk: That's your disclaimer! Plus, we talk about good liquid measuring cups and ketchup. Ketchup? Yes, ketchup!

Let's taco 'bout it!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Food Nerd Shoutout: Listener Jamie wants to see the hot dog eating contest between Ike and Lee! And maybe Winter...? Yikes!
  • Let's Dig into the Kitchen Drawer: Winter loves the Oxo Good Grips 2-Cup Slanted Measuring Cup because you don't have to bend down to get a side view of the measuring lines. All you have to do is look down into the cup while you're pouring and you can read the measuring lines on a slanted portion of the cup. Winter's rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
  • Use vinegar, nature's anticoagulant, to keep blood from congealing or spoiling too quickly.
  • Noma and the Nordic Food Lab were started by Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • The podcast Good Job, Brain talks about beaver anal glands all the time.
  • At the Nordic Food Lab, they tried blood as a substitute for eggs, in such things as cookies, blood sausage dessert, muffins, sponge cake, meringues, and ice cream. There is similar protein composition of blood (55 grams/serving) to egg (60 grams/egg).
  • Offal, also known as variety meats, pluck, or organ meats, is a term for the entrails of a butchered animal.
  • Margaret Mead and Kurt Lewin were in charge of figuring out how to get America to eat the less desirable cuts of meat, the variety meats. You can find the paper about all the lessons we learned from this research by Brian Wansink of Cornell University. (By the way, we just found out that Brian Wansick was asked to step down due to some questionable research tactics.)
  • Tripe is stomach tissue, and the cow has 4 different stomachs. The first stomach is the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum.

  • Haggis has been banned from being imported since 1971 due to scrapie affecting sheep and similar cattle in the EU. Sheep's lung is an important ingredient in haggis.
  • Read about Bill and Nada's story here. It's crazy and not at all what we thought we started talking about it on the podcast.
  • Introducing Interesting Ingredients: Ketchup. Really ketchup? Yup. Mark Bittman, author of these books and writer at the New York Times. It's a recipe for Stir Fried Chicken with Ketchup.

Run Time: 54 minutes

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