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The Nasty Bits: What I Didn't Know About Gizzards

When I purchased gizzards from my favorite poultry farmer, I was met with a surprise: there were chunks of dirt and weed-like tufts crammed in between the folds of the muscles. For the first time in my gizzard-loving life, I could see the way in which all the particles of dirt and grass matter are crushed and sorted inside the bird. I'd never even realized that gizzards functioned inside rubbery casings, which now I removed by peeling the layer away from the organs. More

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