I've just started my two lurchers on a species appropriate diet - i.e. raw meat. They've been eating plenty of bones, chicken pieces, ox hearts, liver and minced beef and pork and are loving it all. However, when I give them raw kidneys they won't touch them - these are big beef kidneys. So I've been lightly frying them and then the dogs will eat them but I must admit when they are cooking they do give off a slight 'urine' smell (or as my son put it when he walked in the kitchen "it smells of wee in here"). I'm trying to increase the amount of offal we eat and liver - lamb's and pig's - is going down well but I'm a bit put off even trying kidney now - although there are sometimes little ones attached to the lamb chops I get and they are ok. What do you think? Are kidneys a bit dodgy? After all their job is to filter out waste. Is it just a question of cooking them properly?
I'd trust the dogs.
Id call it similar to the Rats who wont eat GMO feed... something tells them not to eat it.
The dogs have intensely better olfactory systems than we do. Ours tells us when something isnt good to eat... if theirs is stronger, ill trust them every time.
My personal understanding, is the liver is a nutrient dense detox system, the kidneys are a filter... ever seen a used filter? gross. pass. The other offal doesnt seem to be bad, stick with it and youll have no deficiency issues.
I live in an area which has many slaughterhouses for pigs. It's the Jabugo area of Spain if anyone is familiar with it. In the right season kidneys will run 1 euro per kilo and my cats are thriving on them.
I eat kidneys often and love them. Soaking in a bicarb solution helps reduce the urine smell. Kidneys are high in choline (apart from masses of other good things) and I eat them at least once a week. Delicious cooked as a "Stroganoff", or a curry.
I dust kidneys in Colmans mustard powder and cayenne pepper, then quickly sear them in duck fat and add some cognac to de-glace and add beef stock followed by heavy cream and dijon mustard. I prepera some caramelized shalots in other pan. Its ok eats, but not good like some wild whitetail liver which is so good that its practically paleo candy :D
My Grandmother used to soak kidney in milk before cooking to remove any residual smell etc. It works well and the kidney loses that urine smell. My animals love this apart from our 6 month old pup who will pick out and discard very piece of kidney from his food.
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