Ok, sounds weird, but I regularly pull large pieces of fat from dried meat and chew and chew and chew for hours it seems, then the pieces go down complete and I wonder if I should have swallowed it or thrown it away. Can our stomachs cope with pieces of fat like this or is it harmful to us?
edit: if I do not eat it, can the fat be used for anything like string or glue perhaps? I am thinking primitive here ;)
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I chew my bites of fat and meat about 3 or 4 times and then swallow. My stomach/intestines seem to cope properly with them... they would surely show up on the other end, if they couldn't...
Somewhere (Stephansson?) I've read about chewing and eskimos: chewing is only nessessary to find out if the bites aren't too big to swallow easily or if they are boneless...
This question should be called "spit or swallow?" ;) Almost as suggestive as the "slipping organ meat in my wife chilli" question. :D
that is a rad question. personally, i just can't choke it down. if i can't chew up a piece of fat, i spit it out. why traumatize yourself with that when you can just skip to the next bite and get a scumptious 'melt-in-your-mouth' bit of meat and fat together.
dang it's breakfast time and steak and eggs sound splendid!
Dunno. I did once have the opportunity to eat muktuk from a beluga whale. Muktuk is the skin and blubber layer underneath. Chewed and chewed and chewed..... I guess it was the skin that wound up like a little wad of chewing gum. Eventually i had to spit it out. Very different from bowhead whale muktuk which chews pretty well.
I have never thought about this but since I was a little kid I used to sit around with my grandpa and chew fat after a meal. He was a boxer and big into health and from the depression era so nothing went to waste but I have never had a problem with it but then again I have been doing it so long that I wouldnt know if I did have a problem.
Just swallow it. You'll be fine. As for our family, it is a matter of respect to eat as much as possible, for the one who gave of itself to ensure our survival. Paleo/Primal IS a lifestyle.