Okay, for those of you still reading, you brave souls, know that you’re about to fill your body with some powerful nutrition when you eat organ meats. And, beef tongue is actually a a fairly easy gateway organ meat, or so they say. I write “easy” because it’s easy to make in a slow cooker , but also easy because… it’s easy on the taste buds. Frankly, it’s darn right delicious when you get over the fact that you’re eating tongue, if you ever do. I’ve made it twice now and I’m still weirded out by it, but determined to get over that because they’re so nutrient dense, and I want my daughter to be raised with a palate for organ meats.
I must admit that I had a wicked fun time preparing this. Talk about some neuroplasticity-brain-building when you make something so unusual (and new, for me) as beef tongue.
According to Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal , the tongue is not an organ, technically. It’s a muscle just like tenderloin so that should ease the weirdness a little when you think about it. That’s why when you shred it up and eat it, you’d never know you’re eating tongue versus a more common shredded beef unless of course you knew. However, most perceive it as organ meat so I’m including it in my journey of organ meats.
(Grass Fed) Beef Tongue in the Slow Cooker
Shredded grass fed beef tongue.
For a funny blog post on making beef tongue, check out Kitchen Stewardship’s post “How to Eat a Beef Tongue and What Not to Say to Your Husband.” Oh, in the future, I’ll share how I make Sous Vide Beef Tongue Ratatouille.