I do eat a lot of things the people in my life think is gross.... liver, sardines, smoked oysters, bone marrow. I’m even a little cocky about it in my head and think of them as inferior.
Also…not using soap and shampoo, deodorant etc. could be considered gross but those of us who do this know we smell/look better now.
I know some of us hunt….travel to foreign places and try all sorts of things. I heard a podcast awhile back about a former vegan who now eats raw turkey testicles.
However, I was completely humbled this weekend. I’ve been making a lot of bone stock the last 6 months and really enjoying it. I wanted to try my hand at fish broth. I found a large international market pretty close to me and headed over. Nothing was in English except the fish counter…which is probably because a lot of people go there to buy sushi grade fish from all different cultures.
I got my fish and fish heads and then I thought, ”chicken feet! I wonder if they have them here.” They sure did. I was really taken aback by the look of them. I bought a couple pounds. Their feet look just like my parakeets but fatter and grosser. The toenails freak me out. I even saw a video on the internet where they cut off the toenails and then peel the feet first. Ewwww. I did NOT do that.
The stock came out BEAUTIFUL and I put the rest of the gnarly things in the freezer for future.
Anyway…I also bought a natural, frozen duck. I have not cooked one of those either but I’m pretty sure they took the little feet off.