Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Sweetbread Prep

Classmate: Why is it called sweetbread?
Chef Instructor: Because it’s really hard to sell thymus on a menu.

Yep, you read right. Wednesday night we will be cooking up cow thymus. Tonight we prepped the gland for cooking tomorrow. While my partner was busy doing dishes, I was busy holding down the throw up.

I pulled the thymus out of the blood soaked plastic bag with a pair of tongs and gloved hands. Blood. Everywhere. It resembles brain matter. Pockets of flesh loosely cling to each other to form one big gloppy mess (yes, it’s a technical culinary term). I drop the gland into a pot of boiling, salted lemon water until it is light poached and just starts to turn a shade of white.

Upon removing the thymus from the water, I spent several minutes pulling the sinew (filmy layer of skin) off of the flesh. All the while, holding down the – oh wait – it’s coming up. Stand over the trash can for a minute.

Resume sinew removal.

Once sinew is removed, I wrapped the thymus all up in a piece of cheesecloth and molded it into the shape of salami. Now get ready for the big finish….

I wrung out all of the excess “juice” to create a solid mass of gland. I tied up both ends of the cheese cloth and hung it in the refrigerator to do its thing overnight.

Now, can anyone tell me what’s sweet about that?

6 comments:

Tony said...

in my country thats just b*******, or sweetmeat by any other name... the hard part will be the eating i'm sure... but with a nice garlic sauce maybe....

;o)
T

Susan said...

That may be the most disgusting thing I've ever heard...I'm surprised you didn't just walk out. UGH. Gross.

jacque's treats said...

Sweet Jebus, that sounds foul! *shudder* Not looking foward to that part of class :P

tracy said...

The good news is that when I b*tch at you about cooking for me, I'm certainly NEVER going to ask for that. No matter what you offer to wear while cooking for me.

QueenieCarly said...

I can barely read about the prep, there's not a chance that would make it to my stomach!

yellowandorange said...

That is NASTY!