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Which animal have you eaten every single part of?

Obviously, only counting the edible parts. But I suppose "edible" is open to interpretation.

But I digress.

Which animals have you eaten every single section, part, sector and region of?

For me, I think the list would be the following:

- Chicken
- Duck
- Fish
- Crustaceans
- Goose
- Pigeons
- Hens
- Sea Cucumbers

I want to say cows (or bulls) and pigs, but I don't think I've had cow or pig eyeballs, or bull testicles or cow bladder.


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  1. Well, since you definitively went outside of the "animal" range in your list, I can say, plankton, mushrooms/fungus and amoeba.

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    1. re: Quine

      Ok, fair enough, "living organism"

      1. re: Quine

        Quine, every thing on that list is in kingdom animalia, and also generally considered as food. Mushrooms not so much. Have you eaten every category of plankton, or just some? Did you like them?

        Having eaten a whole fried sweetfish, I guess that is the only animal I've eaten every part of. I just can't bring myself to eat brains most of the time, so I am missing that part on my list of fowl and livestock. Also haven't felt a great need to chew on bull pizzle. There are parts of the animal that are technically edible that I just don't feel wasteful not consuming. I will eat most but not all.

        1. re: itwillmakeaturd

          well since I said, mushrooms/fungus: I have one word for you, yeast. I am sure everyone has eaten this and many consider it a part of their basic diet.
          Be that as it may, I now exit this cute, but definitively ipsedxit thread. Ips..I swear times I see your thread topics and I wonder, does this person stay up all night thinking of these...and look at me posting in reply at 1:30 AM! But I always read them and sometimes think you're crazy, but hey, me too!

        2. re: Quine

          Fungi aren't animals! Neither are some types of plankton, so those don't count! :P

        3. I think I've eaten every part of the chicken you can buy to cook, including gizzards, hearts, feet, livers and testicles. Definitely for fish, because I've eaten whole fish.

          1. I think it'd be fish/seafood (that's an easy one), chicken and rabbit.

            I query chicken in my mind - as I'm unsure if I've eaten gizzards. I recall them being cooked when I was a child and refusing food was not an option at our house - parents used to say that you dont know you dont like something till youve tried it.

            1. The elusive Tofurkey. Every last bit.

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                1. re: DeppityDawg

                  And they're currently in season, as this photo, taken only last month, evidences

                1. whitebait - skin, eyes, gills, tail, bones, innards and flesh

                  1. Shrimps
                    Softshell crab
                    Duck embryo (in Manila, the Philippines)
                    Scorpions & ants (Imperial Herbal restaurant, Singapore)
                    Silkworms (in Korea)

                      1. Never had chicken eyeballs or a penis of any mammal. I guess that leaves crabs, small fish, snails, shrimp and small insects.

                          1. Chicken likely. Also pig, I've eaten chittlins so what else is there. As far as eyeballs go, I'm of Polish ancestry and my mother cooked everything, I thought. Until I married a man who is Portugese and when we visited his family they fought over the suckling pig eyes and dammit, I lost because it was supposed to be a fight but in the end defer to the oldest. Who knew? The marriage didn't last but I love Portugese food now. With a pig you have head cheese, chitterlings, pig feet, and then the rest of the pig is regular eating. What's left except the obvious mountain oysters? Not going there.

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                            1. re: Floridagirl

                              Also pig, I've eaten chittlins so what else is there .... What's left except the obvious mountain oysters? Not going there.

                              Pig penis?

                              1. re: ricepad

                                Wow! And I've always heard they were inedible.

                                1. re: ferret

                                  Only the Chupacabra eats Tofudebeest.

                                2. shrimp, crab, snails, anchovy, sardine, other fish.

                                  oh, and worms, but not for the purpose of sustenance...they were from the bottom of tequila bottles ;)

                                  i guess i can't count chicken because i've never eaten the testicles.

                                  1. Susan, Nancy, Donna..
                                    I quit. We don't have the space here.

                                    1. So what, am i the only one in here old enough to have swallowed a live goldfish back in the day?

                                      And oh yeah, ive eaten a whole baby octopus, but i did spit the beak out.

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                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                        That's the only one for me. 16 yrs old & at a dance w/my GF in 1981. She dumped me at the dance. Crying on my mommy's shoulder she said "there are other fish in the sea". Still makes me & mom laugh...

                                      2. Does unintentional eating count? Once on the stage playing Mr. Snow in Carousel, I opened my mouth to sing, inhaled, and swallowed a fly. And it wasn't an outdoor theater. (And yes, I missed the next couple of words of the lyric while coughing.)

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                                        1. re: DonShirer

                                          (s)he swallowed the spider to catch the fly......

                                        2. Deer, elk, live octopus, dog, Guinea pig, lobster, crab, eel etc.

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                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                            I had a Vietnamese associate that swore he could not own or even come near to a dog because they could smell all the dogs he had eaten over the years. True?

                                            1. re: Duppie

                                              I have a Chocolate Lab. When she misbehaves, I call her Don Kay, the Korean word for dog meat, in jest. when I ate dog, it was under under unusual circumstances, both in Korea and during the Vietnam war.

                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                To qualify: liver soup, ribs and meat stew.

                                          2. Of animals, just fish. And chickens up to and including the neck, but not head, and down to their tasty feetsies.

                                            1. Clams, mussels, scallops, oysters...

                                              1. Termites. Tasted like peanut butter.

                                                1. I need to add a couple that I just thought of.

                                                  - Snails and conch
                                                  - Grasshoppers
                                                  - Octopus and squid

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                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Ouch! Conch and octopus and squid need to be "cleaned".

                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                      Not the Korean baby live octopussys. Just bit hard and swallowed fast! Self basting too!

                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                        And you shamelessly seize on any opportunity to mangle the English language and insert octupussys because you enjoy the inferences it beholds, instead of the correct plural, octopi.
                                                        And this is why we love you, Passa.

                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                          Poetic license. As Oggie would say, I like eels, but not the way they feels.


                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                              Muchas almhas del casino!

                                                              I'd better clam up.

                                                              Clams, by the bushel.