Originally Posted by conan the librarian
There's a whole universe of cooking that I don't know about, and that's the one that uses bargain meats. I see them for sale a lot in southern supermarkets. Cut up turkey necks, pig ears, and some others. Low cost compared to other meats. What are they used for, and is it any good?
what should belong in that list (and used to be) is wings of any kind, ribs and briskets.
i still use the turkey neck to boil along with the wings for gravy for dressing.
i'd never pay good money for wings like so many thousands do these days.
it'd take a five gallon bucket full for a meal.
a lot of trendy foods these days are kind of a twisted carry over from the days
when the common man didn't have much of any money to feed the family, and
they utilized things that would otherwise be fed to the dogs or the hogs.
wings, ribs, tripe, poor cuts of meat, bitter greens, funky odd looking vegetables, etc.
there are also many traditional dishes that are would be considered a delicacy
in modern times. chili is one. chili was invented by the old ladies in the market
in san antonio de bexar to utilize the old tough stringy beef that was available
in the region at the time. the spice was used to cover up the funk. in the 1800's
a man bought chili if he was relatively poor and couldn't afford a steak when
in a town. if i remember reading right, it was a nickle a bowl in the cattle drive days
of the late 1800's
there's a lot of things i'd never consider eating unless i was very hungry and
didn't want to starve.