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Oct 7, 2009 12:07 PM

How to prepare Lamb Kidneys

Hi chowhounds,

What's the best way to cut the gristle out of kidneys? I've just done some this evening but found it incredibly fiddly and time consuming cutting out all the little 'branches' from the middle of the split kidneys. Are you supposed to just get the main gristley bit or is there some easy way to cut them all the bits out, and are you supposed to remove the clear membrane from the surface or not?

They were very nice devilled btw.


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  1. All I can offer is what we do: we don't remove the external membrane and remove much of the central fat with sissors after cutting the kidney in half the long way.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Joebob

      Thanks, I thought it was probably a bit too fiddly to take all of those fat 'branches' out.

      Do you know if you are you supposed to soak them at all?

      1. re: pass

        No reason to soak them, IMO. And scissors are definitely the best tool for getting the core out.

        1. re: Harters

          Actually, my preferred tool is the surgical scalpel that came in my Biology 101 dissecting kit.

        2. re: pass

          No need to soak. Also, because they were cheap and our cat LOVED what was cut out, I wasn't too careful about how I cut out the fat.