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Are chicken gizzards celiac safe?

Wheat is frequently included in chicken feed. Partially-digested wheat, therefore, would likely be present in chickens' gizzards before butchering. However, the chicken gizzards seen for sale in ...
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Why is the fourth stomach (abomasum) of cows not used for tripe?

Many sources will state that the first three stomachs of cows are used in tripe. The only reasoning I have found for not using one of the stomachs is listed by sciencedirect.com: The third ...
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What is the purpose of washing pork?

I've read in a few recipes, especially ones using gelatinous parts of pork like the head and trotters, that long rinsing under running water, and several changes of water soaking is called for. Why ...
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Technique to find and eliminate the needle bone in lamb shanks?

In lamb and in cattle, the fibula and ulna bones are vestigial (http://www.aps.uoguelph.ca/~swatland/ch2_1.htm, "In beef and lamb carcasses there is a single major bone, the tibia or shank bone...") ...
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Do I roast leg of lamb differently when shank is still attached?

I am going to avoid using the terms american or frenched because I don't fully understand what they mean. But I am going to be roasting a full leg of lamb, including the shank. Most of the recipies ...
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Which part of a cow does UK “frying steak” come from?

UK supermarkets often sell cuts of meat with ambiguous names that don't resemble the cuts on a butchery diagram: Where would I find frying steak on that?
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How do you french trim a lamb shank?

I could only find a couple of written tutorials and they weren't very good. Can anyone explain it to me or provide a good tutorial?
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How can I tell the difference between a rabbit and a cat?

I received a shipment of prefabricated skinned rabbit last week and the shipment seemed unusual. Rabbits have a very close resemblance to cats once their “hair” and skin have been removed. Is there a ...
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What cut of beef can I use to make “sukiyaki beef”?

I want to try a recipe for Gyudon (shown below) that calls for thin-sliced "Sukiyaki Beef". My local grocery store doesn't carry anything by that name. I'm comfortable with thin-slicing beef myself (...
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How to clean an octopus - and is it worth it

I've bought an octopus from my fish monger, but, when I asked if he could clean it, he openly admitted he's never done octopus before and doesn't know how. Well, neither do I but I've taken it on ...
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What is the easiest way to remove chicken leg/drumstick tendons?

I would like to make chicken drumsticks / legs (with skin on) easier to eat by removing the tendons and the fibula bone. Cook's Illustrated mentions this technique: Holding a paring knife just ...
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Is ground upper turkey thighs the same as regular ground turkey?

I usually buy ground turkey at costco, which is labeled ground turkey. However, I asked the local butcher for ground turkey today and when I arrived home, the meat label said "ground upper turkey ...
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What part of the squid is edible?

Is the part of the squid right above the tentacles edible? I think it's the bottom of the body, I've never cooked squid before. I washed it under cold water and felt it carefully with my fingers and I ...
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How do you separate the skin from pork?

I cure my own bacon with the skin still on the pork belly because I do not know how to remove it. I tried slicing it off with a knife (type unknown) but quickly lost patience. What is the best way to ...
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What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef?

What is the difference between French and British cuts of beef? I am told they just butcher the animals dfferently. Certainly the cuts don't seem the same. For example is faux fillet really exactly ...
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What is the percentage by weight of meat in a split chicken breast?

We are planning on canning chicken breast and wondered what percentage of raw bone-in "split chicken breast" is meat (versus non-meat like bone and skin)?
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What piece of veal should I ask a butcher/meat shop in the US if I want to do stew dishes like “blanquette de veau” or “veau marengo”?

Ideally, I should be using "tendron" which I think is equivalent to flank steak for a veal. But flank steak is "bavette" for beef, so maybe it is a different name. I think I could also use jarret, ...
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Can I carve up a suckling pig like you would an adult pig?

I found this video of a butcher carving up a half adult pig (not gory) really interesting and would like to learn how to do this on my own. However, I could never eat a whole adult pig. Would a ...
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Recommendations on how to have a hog butchered?

I have commissioned a pig from a local farmer and it will be going to the butcher soon. It turns out that I can have it butchered to my specific requests. Has anyone done this before and have any ...
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chef's knife for cutting chicken, or butcher's

Hey guys, I've had a set of Global knives for a few months now and love them. I cut up a whole chicken the other day, and had a bit of trouble getting through the bone, so use my large chef's knife ...
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Chicken without all that fat?

Whenever I make chicken, I end up going through and trimming a ton of fat. I have heard that free-range chicken is leaner. Is this actually true? What, generally, is the best way to make sure you end ...
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Is it possible to get veal that is not incredibly fatty?

I have not had such good success with veal. I prefer leaner meats, and every time I get a cut of veal, it is extremely fatty. Is there a way to get leaner veal? Are there specific cuts I should ask ...
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Is there an easy way to french trim a rack of lamb?

I had to be part of a lot of french trimming of racks of lamb at the weekend, and it seemed to take a long time, so it got me wondering, is there an easy way to do this? Some preferred tool?