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Old April 5, 2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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Kidneys?

I have been hunting whitetail deer for several years now and pride myself on processing them myself and making sure nothing goes to waste. I have heard from a couple people that the kidneys can be eaten, and was wondering if anyone has tried them and if they are any good to eat?
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Old April 5, 2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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You can !!

Actually, you can eat most of the internal organs. Early settlers and Native Americans, or real Americans, did just that and even more. .....

I have eaten beef kidneys and they were good, but never from a deer. I've eaten deer liver and still prefer calve's liver. Keep in mind that the Donner party would have eaten the back end of skunk if they could have. .....

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Old April 5, 2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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I found a couple sites with information on them. They say to peel them first but other then the thick membrane on them they taste alot like heart apparently. The biggest reason alot of people don't eat them is because of the texture I guess. I'll take a plate of heart over a plate of tenderloins any day. Looks like the coyotes are going to have a little less meat this winter.
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Old April 5, 2013, 01:12 PM   #4
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Slice them, soak them overnight in just enough water to cover with a tsp of salt, boil them, rinse, pat dry, saute them in butter with onions and enjoy as an ingredient in something else or by themselves.
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Old April 5, 2013, 01:35 PM   #5
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I soak them in milk after peeling them... then fry with bacons, onions, and mushrooms.
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Old April 5, 2013, 03:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for the information everyone, thread can be deleted I have all I needed.
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Old April 6, 2013, 06:32 PM   #7
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Yuck!
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Old April 6, 2013, 06:59 PM   #8
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Just tell yourself that it is all Protein !!!

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Yuck!
Every culture has it's share of recipes involving non-traditional "cuts" as we say. My stepfather was German and he introduced me to blood sausage and kidney stew. Sure do miss those sharing days. ....

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Old April 6, 2013, 07:04 PM   #9
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I'm probably considered a redneck. I eat a lot of stuff other people sniff at. Kidneys are really good either fried or in a stew. Personally, I soak all my meat in reconstituted sweet condensed milk for 1 to 3 days before cooking it.

Of course, I also eat deer liver, squirrel and rabbit liver. And beaver, raccoon, wild pig, ground hogs, etc. Most people can't tell what kind of meat was in a stew as long as you don't tell them.
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Old April 7, 2013, 01:41 PM   #10
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i'd eat it from a young animal, same as liver

also do the milk thing
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Old April 7, 2013, 02:09 PM   #11
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I've eaten beef kidneys made by my mother-in law. And I was surprised how good they really were served in some sort of tomato sauce. (A old Croatian recipe.) If I knew her recipe. Which I don't?_ I wouldn't be surprise someone couldn't do the same with a Deer. Being they too are vegetation only eaters. As far as deer liver? Stronger tasting than beef liver and having a high possibility of cutting flukes out. I don't bother with saving it unless someone else has a wanting taste for it. Heart on the other hand goes home with me. Hard to beat breaded heart and home fry's for a supper. (no doubt about that gents)_

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Old April 7, 2013, 03:33 PM   #12
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I'll pass on the internal organs. Thank you very much.
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Old April 7, 2013, 04:25 PM   #13
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I have the following, "4 Rules for Eating Animal Parts":

1)The part must be a muscle.

2)The part must not be visible from the outside under any normal circumstance.

3)The part must not produce any excretion/substance that is visible from the outside under any normal circumstance.

4)The part must not be necessary for survival.


Kidneys fail rules 1 and 4, and technically 3.
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Old April 7, 2013, 09:10 PM   #14
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I always used them out of squirrel and rabbit. Once you get older the Doc tells you don't eat the organs because of the chloresterol and other stuff they filter and trap. Not unusual to see fresh hog kidneys in the market meat section around here.
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Old April 8, 2013, 05:32 AM   #15
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Another +1 for Yuck...

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Old April 8, 2013, 05:51 AM   #16
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Re: Kidneys?

Yep we try to eat everything from the "rooter" to the "tooter". Kidneys are not my favorite but it won't be wasted.
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Old April 8, 2013, 08:12 AM   #17
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never had a deer kidney, my mom used to cook beef kidneys, she always said that you have to boil the devil out of them. i don't remember ever trying one.
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Old April 8, 2013, 10:02 AM   #18
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It's still protein !!

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she always said that you have to boil the devil out of them.
Oh yes, and if you have ever been in the kitchen when they are boiling, you will understand. .....

For all you "Yuckers", do you eat hotdogs or bologna ??

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Old April 8, 2013, 10:56 AM   #19
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strange enough i absolutely hate any type of liver EXCEPT deer and elk. heart is ok if prepared correctly. fried liver onions mushrooms and green bell peppers MMMMMM MMMMMMMM!!!!! kidneys i have never tried so i cant comment. but ill try anything once. braunschweiger is freaking AMAZING! one of my favorite sandwiches (i think thats pork liver)
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Old April 8, 2013, 10:29 PM   #20
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Bloom ate some sheep kidney for breakfast in Ulysses, so...
Apparently, it's an idea whose time, came, went and may be coming again...?
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Old April 9, 2013, 06:23 AM   #21
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We always take the heart and kidneys of moose and caribou and the small intestine of moose.
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Old April 9, 2013, 10:04 AM   #22
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Yes, skin and boil them, then sautee and serve with boiled potatoes. Excellent!
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As a general rule, I avoid eating internal organs. More particualrly, I avoid kidneys and livers. Seeing as how they act as filters for all of a body's garbage, I just can't bring myself to eat them unless I really, really have to.
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More particularly, I avoid kidneys and livers. Seeing as how they act as filters for all of a body's garbage,......
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Old April 9, 2013, 04:32 PM   #25
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I've always been curious about the kidneys. Never done it though. Heart and liver are good stuff.
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