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Jan 25, 2011 06:47 PM

Sheep stomach, heart, lungs

If a person wanted to make a haggis, that person would need these parts of a sheep or lamb.

Do any kosher butchers sell such things?

* the question of why any rational person would wish to make or eat haggis is entirely separate.

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  1. As a kid my father ( a kosher butcher) brought heart-lung-brain etc home all the time - My mom made a potted roast a real "Gedemffed " - Still have the taste in memory but today The "entrils" heart-lungs- of a kosher slaughtered animal per USDA is banned - All those items get put aside for animal feed

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    1. re: caterman


      Thanks for helping me exoplore this, and I'm glad you enjoyed D.C.; I like Eli's, too.

      The thing is, I know that they do have brain (sweetbreads) on restaurant menus, I order it when I see it. So they can't be discarding all of the non-muscle parts.

      1. re: AdinaA

        Sweetbreads isn't brains; it's usually a gland (the thymus), although there are other cuts from which it can also be made. Liver is also obviously widely sold, although it's a muscle. I don't know about brains; I believe they're removed in this country because of prion diseases such as mad cow disease, which are spread via nervous tissue, but I can't say for sure.

        I know hearts are sold; I've seen chicken hearts on kosher restaurant menus, and can find non-kosher buffalo and beef hearts for sale with a minute of Googling.

        1. re: GilaB

          I suppose that I could use cheesecloth to substitute for the lamb's stomach, but would it taste the same if I used a beef liver rather than lamb or sheep?

          1. re: AdinaA

            I have bought heart and lung before in Brooklyn and Queens. I have bought sheep's brain but the last couple of years, I was told the mashgiach did not want to bother with removing all the veins, so it was easier to say no.
            Having had sweetbreads and brain, I can definitely tell you they are not the same. As GilaB correctly states, sweetbreads is the thymus gland, but I find it amusing how many people think it is brains.