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Butcher's Blood

Oct 03 2007 11:41 am   #1Guest

So, Sunnydale is Sunnydale and all, but I was wondering, how easy is it to get blood from a butcher?  Anyone know?  And what reasons could you need it--science project or amateur horror film maybe?

Oct 03 2007 01:39 pm   #2Guest

That's a good question, and I have NO idea.

I've never seen an independent butcher shop in my area. People just get cuts of meat from the butcher at the grocery store.

CM

Oct 03 2007 02:33 pm   #3Guest

I've never actually seen a butcher's shop where I live either.

Oct 03 2007 05:55 pm   #4Verity Watson

I haven't been in a butcher's shop in years, but my grandfather owned one.

Back in the day, blood was sometimes purchased for recipes - especially duck's blood soup.  I understand that it has gotten much harder to find, but I think that what's gone missing is the independent butcher's shop, not the blood.  (I mean, we all still have it, right?)

My husband's family still shops traditional butcher shops for ethnic food, and there's a shop down the street from me.  I can only imagine that any of them would be willing to accommodate the request if they could - assuming it doesn't violate health codes.  

But yeah, the Sunnydale butcher shop is a throwback.  Very few people line up for a couple of pork chops and some bacon these days.

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Oct 03 2007 07:55 pm   #5Unbridled_Brunette

A butcher shop opened up in my town at the beginning of summer, and since I was out shopping this morning anyway, I decided to drop in and ask about the blood. I got a very strange look from the butcher, followed by a sharp "no." I think maybe she thought I was yanking her chain.

I live in the southern part of the U.S., so blood pudding and duck's blood soup (which, I'll admit, I've never even heard of) isn't eaten much in my area. Maybe different regions would have blood available.

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Oct 03 2007 09:48 pm   #6pfeifferpack

Yes, lots of European recipes include blood, blood sausage and pudding in particular.  For that matter gravy made from meat "drippings (ie blood)" are used here we just don't think of it as blood.  I've never eaten black pudding or blood sausage but have recipes in cookbooks.  Each to their own.

I always wondered why an enterprising vamp didn't just go to work either at a morgue or funeral parlor as they drain the bodies to embalm them...perfect place for a free, fresh meal IMHO.

Out here in NM we have "rendering" places where you take the critter to be killed and butchered as well as a few butcher shops so it can be had.  I doubt they'd bat an eye, especially in Sunnydale LOL.

Kathleen

Oct 04 2007 02:10 am   #7Verity Watson

Kathleen, you're in New Mexico?!?  I was just in Santa Fe this past weekend.  What an amazing place to live.

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Oct 04 2007 02:20 am   #8Immortal Beloved

I've had duck's blood soup.  It doesn't really taste like anything

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Oct 04 2007 04:49 am   #9Eowyn315

There's a butcher shop right across the street from me. I've never asked about blood, though. I didn't want to seem... creepy.

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Oct 04 2007 07:19 am   #10Unbridled_Brunette

There's a butcher shop right across the street from me. I've never asked about blood, though. I didn't want to seem... creepy.

Didn't bother me any. She's a butcher. What do I care if she thinks I'm creepy?

 

IB - I looked up duck's blood soup on the 'net after reading Verity's post. From the pics, it doesn't really look bad (I was envisioning something much more ... uh ... red). But I still think you're brave for trying it. I eat rare steak, but the idea of soup with blood in it makes me squiffy.

And, yes, I am a hypocrite.

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Oct 04 2007 08:44 am   #11GoldenBuffy
I eat rare steak, but the idea of soup with blood in it makes me squiffy.

You know what makes me squiffy? Egg Drop Soup. But I'll eat it, I have no problem eating it, as long as the broth is soup like and not thick, 'cause if it is then I start thinking I'm sucking on raw eggs.

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Oct 04 2007 04:39 pm   #12Guest

Interesting new icon, UB.

Mmmm, Egg Drop Soup....I could eat that stuff by the gallon. Now, my grandmother liked gross stuff - pickled pig's feet, and chicken necks.

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Oct 04 2007 07:01 pm   #13Unbridled_Brunette

Interesting new icon, UB.

I'll take that as a compliment. It's always good to be interesting.

 

Mmmm, Egg Drop Soup....I could eat that stuff by the gallon. Now, my grandmother liked gross stuff - pickled pig's feet, and chicken necks.

I love egg drop soup, too. Egg drop soup and shrimp with lobster sauce; I could totally live off that and nothing else. And then have a heart attack from all the sodium.

My mom eats chicken livers, which I considered to be the nastiest food imaginable. Aside from the fact they're livers (who does she think she is, Hannibal Lechter?) they also smell really bad when they're being cooked. I make it a point not to visit her when she's having them for dinner; just watching her eat them makes me go bleh. I'm glad she doesn't eat pig's feet though. I see the jars of it in the grocery store and I feel icky. I can't imagine watching someone put it into their mouth. Must have something to do with the generation gap.

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Oct 04 2007 07:57 pm   #14pfeifferpack

Ive found with food the less you know about it the better the chance you'll enjoy it.  After I found out what goes into some lunch meat I've avoided it and I used to love it. 

Soups that are gross?  Love Egg drop but birds nest soup is disgusting to think about (see...knowing how birds build their nests ruin the whole thing!).

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GIVE ME A HEADS UP AND WE"LL DO COFFEE OR SOMETHING!

 (and tying the topics together...LOL) When I first moved out here I went to a religious ceremony with my sister to a friend of hers who is a Cochiti Pueblo Native American.  We ate at her grandmothers home afterward and were the only "white" people there.  The sweet old grandma came around with a large bowl and said what I heard as ,"Rat stew?"  Well I was not wanting to insult the sweetie but not too keen on the image her question raised, I took a small amount and managed to eat it.  The taste was really, really good but I had a problem with the mental part.  Well....it turned out she had said, "RED stew?" and the red was chile and the meat plain old pork!

Unless it's something like that where you don't want to insult the host/ess  I just avoid the stuff that makes me go ewwwww...if I have to I try not to think too much *G*.  Haven't tried black pudding because of the blood factor (even though I LOVE rare beef and the au jus with prime rib is nothing more than boiled blood and I love that) but if I were at someone's home and they offered I would feel obligated.  With luck that will never happen!

Kathleen

Oct 04 2007 08:32 pm   #15Scarlet Ibis

For my 21st b-day last year, I went to a "real" restaurant and ordered what I thought was a medium-well steak, which it was, cause it was a "real" restaurant and not TGI Fridays or something, and it was very bloody.  But also very...smooth? Buttery?  I dunno, but it worked.  The blood didn't bother me, just the idea of it. 

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Oct 04 2007 08:41 pm   #16Shadow

Guess I wont be offering any of you rattlesnake stew... or prairie oysters for that matter... *snicker*

And about the butcher thing... we have one where I grew up, he didnt bat an eye at  my grandmother asking for blood, cause she always brought him some blood sausage... go figure....

In the case of Sunnydale, I'd say the whole "denial factor" was a big part of it.

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Oct 05 2007 01:45 am   #17GoldenBuffy
prairie oysters

ewwww! lol  I remember one time we were out at some middle eastren restaurant and hubby decided to eat sheep heart. UGH! Why was the thing dripping blood? And did I mention it dripped on at the time our five month old's dress. It was gross, lol.

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Our only light in paradise
We'll show the world they were wrong
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Oct 05 2007 02:10 am   #18Immortal Beloved

UB, I had the duck's blood soup at a Christmas party at a friends house.  They're Polish.  It wasn't red at all, more brown like dried blood   They told the kids that it was "chocolate" soup.  It tasted nothing like chocolate.  Not very bright kids...

I'll try just about anything, but there are a few things on my list that I won't try.  I'd have to say that testicles of any animal is at the top of that list

Ooo!  Here's a story: When I was about six, my mother made roast beef for dinner.  It was so good, I went back for seconds.  She finally told me that it was actually rabbit, not roast beef.  They're cute and furry, but that was the best damned roast beef I've ever had

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Oct 05 2007 02:45 am   #19Guest

Medium well shouldn't have been bloody still.....that's odd.

Oct 05 2007 04:05 am   #20Eowyn315

She's a butcher. What do I care if she thinks I'm creepy?

'Cause it's the guy I buy my meat from. I see him once a week. I'd prefer it not to be awkward...

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Oct 05 2007 05:10 am   #21Unbridled_Brunette

Guess I wont be offering any of you rattlesnake stew... or prairie oysters for that matter... *snicker*

lol. Well, I've eaten turtle, so rattlesnake wouldn't bother me. (Actually, after seeing that Andrew guy eat fried snake on "Strange Foods" I'm intrigued; it looked good and he said it was yummy.) But prairie oysters? Um ... no. The only balls I want in my mouth are - wait. I don't want any balls in my mouth, ever. 

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Oct 05 2007 05:16 am   #22Shadow

how about spike balls?  *grin*

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Oct 05 2007 05:18 am   #23SpikesKatMac

Gross foods???  Tongue.  'Nuff said.

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Oct 05 2007 05:45 am   #24Blood Faerie

My mom likes chicken livers, too... but then she likes regular liver as well... the freak My weirdest foods were one a friend got me to try deer jerkie *shudder* and I actually like eel sushi. It's not really odd, but I'm part German and was born in Germany and I loooove schnitzel, but the restaurant makes it from pork usually instead of traditional veal but last year for my bday I tried it with veal. Good and knew I couldn't tell my roomie or I'd get the outraged lecture. Oh and I love fried calamari *dances at the very thought*

Oh! and in Hawaii, my class tried poi once... the regular stuff is so nasty, but the sweetened type wasn't too bad

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Oct 05 2007 09:58 am   #25Guest

Poi is like wallpaper paste. So gross!!!!

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Oct 05 2007 11:41 am   #26LadyYashka

 Gross foods???  Tongue.  'Nuff said.

You are very right. I saw cow's tongue in the Super Wal-Mart here. It looked nasty! I doubt I could ever try it.

I used to say I could never eat anything that still had a face. After living in Southeast Asia, that vow got broken.

My weirdest foods were one a friend got me to try deer jerkie..

I haven't had deer jerkie, but I've had deer chops. I must say, Bambi was good.

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Oct 05 2007 07:12 pm   #27Unbridled_Brunette

how about spike balls?  *grin*

Only if he asks nice.

 

My weirdest foods were one a friend got me to try deer jerkie

lol. I love deer jerky. Beats the hell out of beef jerky, in my opinion. But hubby doesn't hunt and neither do I (I eat them, but I couldn't bear killing one), so we only get deer when our friends give us some.

 

Gross foods???  Tongue.  'Nuff said.

Tongue? Yuck. That is definitely a good example of a nasty food.

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Oct 05 2007 08:14 pm   #28linpen

I know my sisters Philipino in-laws cook a dish with pigs blood but i dont" know where they get it here in australia. I assume a butchers shop would take orders.

My mother used to serve black pudding but it was pre- made and you just had to fry it.Lambs fry ( liver) lambs brains, kidney(yuk) and cows tongue were also on the menu.My grand mother used to cook tripe (the inside lining of a cows stomach) once a week for my grandfather.Now that was truly horrble, pale  and flabby it had to be soaked in milk and then boiled an then it stank the house out. My grand father ued to take the leftovers to work in sandwiches. 

Oct 06 2007 02:00 am   #29Immortal Beloved

All these gross foods, and nobody's mentioned chitlins?  I refuse to even try to eat anything that smells like pig shit, especially if it's because it used to contain pig shit!

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Oct 06 2007 03:46 am   #30Verity Watson
Linpen, my grandfather *loved* tripe - and what's worse, they would sneak it into soup! Aghhh! Thought I'd forgotten that ...
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Oct 06 2007 12:30 pm   #31LadyYashka

 ...but how 'bout the actual face.

Does picking the meat from the side of a fish's head count?

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Oct 07 2007 02:27 am   #32Spikez_tart

Gross foods???  Tongue.  'Nuff said.

I think we have a winner.  My mother used to cook cow's tongue (which turns sort of slimy green after it's cooked) and you'd open the refrigerator and there would be this big, nasty tongue sticking out at you.  Ew.

Liver of all kinds and steamed mussels (OMG) run a very close second. IMHO

 

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Oct 07 2007 05:15 am   #33linpen

Verity you can NEVER forget tripe. Said Philipino in-laws react with the same horror when my sister eats the 'Parsons Nose ' of a chicken as she does when they eat chicken heads.

There is also the story of when my mother was given a whole pigs head (no I dont know why or who or how).
Dad told her she could boil it up and make brawn, like his mother did, unfortunatly he did not explain the process of cleaning the brain etc from inside the head and she boiled it whole!. The result was and should remain indescribable. The chickens feasted well!



Oct 07 2007 07:01 am   #34Guest

My boyfriend likes lingua burritos. Apparently, whatever they do to it in Mexican cooking makes it a pretty popular dish - it was one of the top items at the stand he used to go to. He says it's pretty tender beef.

CM

Oct 07 2007 09:51 am   #35Blood Faerie

My stupid dego of a father used to tease us that he had dog while living in Korea... he's the kind of jerk that would say that to a kid.... lol. My anthropology teacher says he had guinea pig down in South America. He's not allowed anywhere near my hamsters.........

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