I googled many forums listed in google and found people just say that cooked renal pelvis in lamb kidneys are stringy and chewy. That sounds to me like people already consider its edible, but it's somewhere where urine goes through, at least before it's getting into the urinal for the lamb. I am a bit concerned if this is cook-able and edible directly without any cleaning procedure.

I wonder if eating renal pelvis has any harm at all? If it's edible, is there any cleaning we should always do before cook it?

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    People eat intestines, and that has much more objectionable stuff going through it. (and more difficult to clean it out)
    – Joe
    Mar 21, 2016 at 14:54
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    For anyone else wondering what on earth a "renal pelvis" is: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renal_pelvis Mar 22, 2016 at 4:09
  • Do you know where sausage casing often come from?
    – Robert
    Aug 9, 2016 at 4:59
  • I suppose you could, but is there a reason why you would want to? Sep 8, 2016 at 14:35
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    @Ezeewei - I find that using a lot of the organs and digestive parts came more from a tradition of not wasting anything, in societies or families where there was not an abundance, as opposed to deliciousness. Then, when kids say "Yuck!" it's a required parental reaction to tell them "that's actually the best part," so the kids will eat it and the parents won't have to. :D Sep 8, 2016 at 14:55

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Nothing unhealthy if you eat it. Just a aesthetic preference since it is a different texture than the body of the kidney. If you don't get it all cut out when dressing the kidneys, it's kind of like eating rubber bands. I prefer to cut it out with all of the bits of kidney fat.

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