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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 23 Mar 2018 09:10 #6612

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Food Surviving on Benefits I have always eaten liver, kidney, Tongue and so on.
So Following on from my freegan post I thought it would be a good time to explore other foods that can help us survive on benefits.
Offal is the edible organs of animals that are not considered prime cuts.

Liver is offal, you can buy most types of liver, chicken to pig to lamb and more.
Offal once was considered to be the prime part of the animal to eat, but over the years peoples tastes have changed .

This means offal and therefore liver is especially cheap.
For less than a pound in money you can buy enough liver for at least 2 meals.
Not only that but you will be eating a “Super Food”.

Super Foods
Super Foods are not like your average food.

Scientists consider super foods to be packed full of essential vitamins and health giving properties, liver is once such food.

Liver is:

An excellent source of high-quality protein.
Nature’s most concentrated source of vitamin A.
All the B vitamins in abundance, particularly vitamin B12.
One of our best sources of folate.
A highly usable form of iron.
Trace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium; liver is our best source of copper.
Personally I prefer Lambs liver, they are more selective on what they eat.

Lamb is versatile, obviously the old classic liver onion gravy is a great meal but you can let you imagine run riot.

I have always enjoyed eating liver never had a problem with the taste, I do understand though for some it might be too gamy in flavour.

All I can say is most foods take 3 or 4 goes before you get accustomed to the flavour of most things.

You might have tried it as a child when your taste buds were more selective and never touched it again.

It is well worth the effort to overcome all that for a extremely healthy cheap meal.

I will cover other super foods at some point, surprisingly most are cheaper than regular foods, healthier and often taste better, and since you have cooked it yourself, superior.

Tune in next week for my roadkill recipes and urban hunter post where I discuss the huge amount of freely available meat and vegetables right on our doorsteps.

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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 23 Mar 2018 09:22 #6614

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I'm a big fan of liver, especially lamb. The frozen New Zealand liver has a slightly sour taste, but for half of the year you can buy British lambs liver, which is quite sweet.

I think the secret is in the cooking. It needs very little. I always cook the Iiver last, by dropping it into a very hot, pre-heated pan. This quickly browns the outside, without turning the inside into rubber.
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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 23 Mar 2018 11:04 #6616

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The trouble is i find not many supermarket sell offal less and less these day. I used to get lambs heart, while they are a tough meat. However, slow cooked in a stew they where tender and tasty. Aswell as cheap cut of meat. I been wondering how long before people in this country start to eating Rats, as they are plenty around my area... :blink:

www.bbc.com/future/story/20151207-the-countries-where-rats-are-on-the-menu
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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 23 Mar 2018 13:15 #6617

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I been wondering how long before people in this country start to eating Rats, as they are plenty around my area... :blink:

There are plenty in my area too, most of them appear to be working at my JCP... :silly:

I've always enjoyed lamb's liver too, and usually have it at least 3 or 4 times a month. And like Paul says for around £1 enough for 2 meals. I usually cook it the same way as Mr Smith 5, though I like to coat it in seasoned flour beforehand.

I was brought up eating offal so never had a problem with it. I remember the days when you'd buy a pork chop and it'd still have the kidney attached! Though kidney is a very acquired taste too... We'd often have pig's trotters in a stew, or a nice bit of heart...!
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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 23 Mar 2018 14:13 #6619

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Tarquin wrote:

There are plenty in my area too, most of them appear to be working at my JCP...

I used to keep pet rats and mice they had more intelligence! Rats are survivors like we are, so love your rats everyone, don`t eat them or kill them. They are not the vermin opposition remember....
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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 24 Mar 2018 10:46 #6632

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@Cod: I used to keep pet rats and mice they had more intelligence! Rats are survivors like we are, so love your rats everyone, don`t eat them or kill them. They are not the vermin opposition remember....

I was just making a comment CoD :P . Just that in hard times people usually start to look outside the box for sorces of nutrients , so to speak. Also my grandmother spoke very highly of 'pigeon pie', mind you I dare say that due to the modern pigeons diet they wouldn't taste as good? I dare say if you live in an area with Seagulls, and other defined vermin, you could start looking at them as a meal, 'freerange', 'organic' :pinch: ?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbidae


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_pigeon
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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 25 Mar 2018 13:13 #6647

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Lamb's Liver & Onions (with mashed tatties, broad beans & garden peas) is a real favourite of mine although haven't had it in a while. I bulk it up by whacking loads of onions in at the start and coating the liver in seasoned flour before adding. A dash of worcester sauce in the gravy gives it a nice twist and a bottle of that stuff lasts ages too. Like dude says though liver is not as easy to get these days. My main butcher who used to sell pretty much everything closed down and the other one is a glorified pie shop who doesn't even like preparing minced lamb (did the British also stop eating shepherd's pie?) so it is rare I call there. The only place seems to sell liver near me is the bigger tescost store in the town centre. I rarely go in there either but as I now have to visit the JC once a month this could be a way of turning it into something to look forward to :evil:

I have found the meat at the discount supermarkets pretty good though and as well as generally better also cheaper than the big chains whose beef is like boot leather. Talking of beef, anybody seen a beef sausage recently? They seem to have vanised completely. Haggis is something else I enjoy which tends to be cheap and filling but a lot of the supermarket ones are really poor although the vegetarian one I got for Burns Night this year was a pleasant surprise. I had forgotten about the kidneys on chops it has been so long since I saw one like that but when we were kids, I used to save that until last as I thought it was the best bit.

My grandmother used to make pigeon pie for a couple of her neighbours who couldn't cook - I think the old guy actually ate his own pigeons that he reared which I suppose is the sort of self sufficiency we might have to get used to again. Rabbit pie apparently used to be very common in England but I have never eaten either of those foods.

I had a steak and kidney pudding just the other week when snowed in. Even though it was tinned it was still nice but I only multi-buy stuff like that when it is on offer and put it away for those kind of occasions. You gotta laugh at these leaflets that come through the door with pizzas for £15 a time, even if I had money like that to throw around I would still be spending it wiser and home made pizzas aren't too difficult to master either. I still reckon fish 'n' chips is the best value take out although many of the trad ones are disappearing and my monthly treat isn't the experience it used to be since the best one changed hands nor do they open at lunch time anymore which suggests trade is down as do the small queues - the plaice used to be packed.
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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 26 Mar 2018 14:29 #6659

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I hear where you are coming from Verc, while on one job I used to live on takeaways. Due to being too tired to cook for myself when I got in. I suppose this has been one of the few positive of being on the dole, is that I have improved my culinary skills no end. Where everything I used to eat was from a can or a jar, now I cook everything from scratch, even I thou I do say so myself it tastes better :huh: . Mind you I dont think I am up to a Claridges tm breakfast or Michelin level. Still I wonder what Heston Blumenthal could do with some tripe & liver??? There I have 'throw down the gauntlet' for you sire (Mr Blumenthal)....


www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/iain-duncan-smith-claimed-breakfast-1810086

www.claridges.co.uk/siteassets/meetings--events/menus/breakfast-menu-2017.pdf

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heston_Blumenthal
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Liver Is A Super food And Cheap 26 Mar 2018 23:30 #6667

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I would love to open my own spot and undercut those ridiculous prices at Claridge's purely designed to manipulate a select clientele of inbred 'timnicebutdim' types. I wonder what wages the kitchen staff are on. As for IDS I reckon he could break the world record for quickest claim for a foodbank voucher after being placed on benefits and still have the cheek to smile about it.
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