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The Nasty Bits: Deep-Frying Brains

We're talking pork brains here, though they could just as easily be lamb or calf brains. A brain is a brain, and while I admit there are slight differences in taste and softness, you're dealing with an organ that is primarily composed of fat—and tastes like it. When it comes to preparing brains, deep-frying them is about as classic as it gets. More

The Nasty Bits: Welcome to Fleisher's Meats, Where Brains are Just a Bandsaw Away

Two months ago I began an apprenticeship at Fleisher's Meat Shop in Kingston, New York, that started with a single premise: Could Joshua Applestone and his team of butchers teach me, your humble nasty bits columnist, to break down a pig in one week or less? It took me a week to learn how to butcher a pig, but what I couldn't have anticipated are the months I needed to recover from my time upstate. More

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