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Thread #165215   Message #3995419
Posted By: Charmion
06-Jun-19 - 09:12 AM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Absent a contaminant such as E. coli, cooked blood will not make you sick, Mrrzy, but the texture you describe makes it unlikely to integrate pleasantly into most dishes I am familiar with.

When making a dish that includes blood, such as the really old-fashioned version of coq-au-vin in which the blood of the elderly rooster is used to thicken the sauce, you handle it like raw egg. You don't just dump a beaten egg into hot milk and expect to end up with custard; you add the hot milk slowly to the egg while beating the mixture vigorously to retard the cooking process and, thus, prevent the egg protein from curdling. Likewise, the coq-au-vin is made by stewing an old cock in wine and, when the meat is cooked, beating the winy cooking liquid into a bowl of the reserved blood of the bird, then adding it back to the stewpot. Cook a bit more to integrate the whole, then serve.

You will notice that this process assumes that you have killed and bled the cock yourself -- not common in this day and age, except perhaps among people who raise poultry in a somewhat nineteenth-century way.