gross green gizzards
- bitsubeats Sep 13, 2007 07:27 PM
I love LOVE LOVE chicken gizzards. I love the chewiness of them and their unmistakable flavor. however when I bought them the other day from the chinese grocery store, they had this weird greenish like hue to some of them (on certain parts).
I ignored it, bought them, cooked them, and unfortunately ate them despite their odd hue. When I ate the green part, it was really bitter. I am assuming (I have no knowledge whatsoever of chicken anatomy) that the part I ate was tainted with bile, cause of the bitterness?
Anyways, is the green part bad for me, and am I going to be sick because I ate it?
Probably die within the next 48 hours....
If you're fine now, chances are, you're gonna be fine.
How did they smell? There is a natural greenish cast to the connective part but if they tasted yucky I would just go back and ask the butcher (assuming the market has a bunch of guys) - they may be defensive but they can at least show you how they are supposed to look- as in really fresh ones. Assembly line gizzards ( as in assembly line chicken which is what that market most likely has ) should not have the bile issue - they are processed, washed, etc. Sounds more like they were less than fresh.
I hope you will be fine. Just so you know, I share the same fondness for gizzards, and have had them turn green and taste bitter to me, as well as have them cooked to be a little slimy...but never actually gotten sick from eating them.
Duck gizzards, now, they are even better. More flesh and more intense flavor...but come to think of it, it was the duck gizzards that tend to get slimy if slow cooked, and the chicken gizzards that occasionally turn green and bitter....
Is the green on chicken gizzards harmful?
Not at all. They often don't taste as good (slightly more bitter) and its a result of cheaper dyed chicken feed. Not a safety or freshness issue.
It's a gizzard stained by a dye used in livestock only marketed feed wheat that makes it harder to sell as human food. We get them at the supermarket like that. Simmer them up with some stock or bouillon for a couple hours to take the tough out of them. Dogs love em too!
Did you try to peel that part off when cleaning them? I recall some having a greenish tough outer layer / skin on them that peels right off.