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Feb 12, 2009 09:17 AM

What do you eat raw that most people don't?

For the last couple of years I've gotten venison from a friend who has friends who hunt. I love venison. I'd been gradually eating it more and more rare, until lately I've found that I like to defrost the meat, cut it up into bite sized bits, and marinate it in olive oil, italian herbs, and lemon juice. Then just eat it with some salt and freshly ground pepper. I just really enjoy it that way. It sorta cooks a little in the acid from the lemon juice (the way ceviche does), but not much.

Sometimes I will eat stew beef gobbets raw when I'm cutting them up for another purpose, too.

Got me wondering, am I a total freak? Or are there other people who enjoy raw meats, not just fish?

(Please assume the standard disclaimer of consuming raw meats as being potentially dangerous to your health, there's no need to post expounding on that or chastising me for my choice when I eat raw venison)

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    1. I love raw beef and venison! My husband refuses to cook my steaks becasue it is 30 seconds per side and done!

      I will have to try the venison that way, sounds yummy
      Oh have had moose roast done "blue" and it is wonderful!

      Thank you Morganna, I am not the only freak out there!

      Another thing I love raw is potatoes, dipped in a bit of salt and husband thinks I am crazy!

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      1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

        My husband used to work on a potato farm as a kid and they would eat raw potatoes occassionally w/ s&p. When he first told me that many years ago, I thought he was nuts. Now, however, it doesn't sound horrible. :)

      2. Frankly, I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

        I went to an Ethiopian restaurant about a year ago and ordered a beef dish (can't recall the name). The waitress - who was Ethiopian - asked how I'd like my beef done. I asked her how she would want it done if it was her eating the dish, and she responded, "Raw." I told her to serve it up raw, and while she raised an eyebrow and asked me if I was sure, I went for it. It was spectacular, too: I bet a lot of the texture, which really made the dish memorable, would have suffered had I had it cooked even slightly.

        What kind of bacteria can you get from raw meat? Salmonella? E. coli? Neither one, I would imagine, is likely to be fatal unless you're old / young / immunocompromised, so if you're curious, live a little. We're not talking botulism here. I'm still amazed that people have paranoia about salmonella from eating raw eggs. No way am I not going to have over light fried eggs, mayonnaise, uncooked cookie dough, etc, or use that hideous pasteurized stuff.

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        1. re: vorpal

          When I lived in Japan, I had chicken sashimi on a couple of occasions. It wasn't my favorite dish, but it was edible.

          I eat raw asparagus, and that's about as adventuresome as I get.

          1. re: brendastarlet

            I ate some organic chicken raw
            It was disgusting to me at least
            Fish and red meat lend themselves to being sashimi and tartare
            But chicken just doesn't seem right
            Raw shrimp was also weird to me
            Raw mussels taste bitter

            But I like raw fish and do it many times at home
            The home essentials are fresh prepared mustard, soy sauce and sliced fresh ginger. I don't waste my time with expensive fake green food coloring wasabi and pickled ginger

            1. re: brendastarlet

              Raw chicken scares the bejesus outta me - ugh! Kudos to you for trying it though. Glad u didn't get salmonella. Here's a thread on this very topic:


              1. re: brendastarlet

                When I lived in Japan, I had raw horse meat in Kyushu (their regional specialty). It was okay to my untrained palate.

                1. re: brendastarlet

                  I've had "black and blue" chicken with fresh wasabi soy. The texture is almost like toro, but leaner.

                  Other raw things that my relatives in Japan have fed me:
                  Beef liver

                2. re: vorpal

                  The Ethiopian dish you mention is called Kitfo and is most certainly one of my favorite foods of all time. Its the combination of chilis and spices they mix the meat with that makes it work. Im sure you could come up with a variant of this with venison as well. Id be eager to try... Just be careful about over eating too much raw meat. Ive made this mistake more than once and the human digestive system wasnt designed to process large amounts of raw flesh. Believe me... ;) But it was worth it!

                3. Hi there! I am a fellow freak!

                  I loved raw ground beef - I always have!
                  As far back as I can remember - I was always sneeking bits of raw ground beef - sprinkling it with salt and popping in my mouth! Yummmm!!

                  Possibly even better is raw beef meatballs!

                  My husband always tries to stop me - he thinks it is horrific!!
                  Oh and I love raw potatoes too!!

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                  1. re: NellyNel

                    Hello fellow freak ...glad to see I am not the only one who loves raw potatoes!
                    And yes, I also love "raw" hot dogs!

                    1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                      ..and we both have husbands who think we are nuts!

                      1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                        I assume by your quotation marks that you know most hot dogs are fully-cooked(and/or cured or smoked). Many years ago I used to babysit a little girl who enjoyed snacking on cold hot dogs.

                        1. re: lynnlato

                          I think of cold hot dogs as bologna in roll form, anyway. ;)

                      2. re: NellyNel

                        Me too! It's been 40 + years and I'm not dead yet.
                        If I'm cutting potatoes, I nab some.
                        Green beans, too.

                        1. re: NellyNel

                          I used to make cannibal sandwiches which drove my wife nuts. Get a good beef patty a bun a thick slice of raw onion salt and pepper and there you have it. Of course I always ate it out of her sight. Made for less stress.

                        2. In Amsterdam one time I ordered a sausage sampler plate, and it included some meat that didn't seem to be cooked. Asked the waitress about it, and she said, Oh yes, it's a raw sausage, as if it were a common dish. It was fresh raw beef with some seasonings, and it was pretty tasty. I guess a number of types of cured sausages are never actually cooked before they are eaten, when you get right down to it.