Friday, January 4, 2013

Walnuts, peanuts, goatnuts

Nuts are good for you, right?  James and I eat lots of them, mostly peanuts, but we like just about any nut.

Yesterday we took 4 goats to the butcher.  Joe-the-butcher asked, "do you want the oysters?" 

"Ummm, I don't think so."  I answered.  I know we should be using as many parts of our animals as we can if we're going to raise them for food but I just didn't know how I'd use testicles, other than feeding them to the dogs. 

I told James what Joe asked and my adventurous (and maybe a little nuts) husband said, "sure, we should get them".  I don't know what he had in mind for them but today I asked if he'd eat testicles if I fixed them.  "Sure, I'd try 'em". 

So now I'm looking forward to this event, and it WILL be an event.  Maybe not of this magnitude
testicle festival
but still, an event I'll want to get on video.  After Googling goat testicles (believe-it-or-not, there's quite a bit on this subject) I found a few ways I may try to prepare them.  Seeing them on skewers doesn't look very appealing so that's out.
sheep testicles
But as a pizza topping or fried I might even consider eating them (after a few glasses of wine). 
testicle pizza
For certain, we will not be eating them raw and they'll have to be disguised in some way.  Are you finding this hard to swallow? 

Another first for us is we'll be getting the hides back (along with all the organs and bones) and I plan to tan them.  I don't know what I'll do with them if I'm successful at it but I want to give it a try.

We haven't fired up our brick oven lately.  Anyone interested in sharing some pizza with us?


  1. One word...gag. Love you Karen, and all you're great ideas, but I think I'll just watch the video or catch the blog post when the "nut fest" happens. ;)

  2. Wow Karen and James! You really are living off the grid. And, to still be up for trying after seeing them skewered takes guts! I can't wait to see the video.

    We are always up for brick oven pizza ...and we would be happy to bring the toppings :-)!

  3. We would love to join you for pizza but we are busy that night.

  4. Hi Karen,
    sitting at Mother's computer I just updated myself on your blog. Here's an option next time you need to use the innards. Probably goat works as well as sheep. doesn' taste too bad actually. Tell 'em it's meatloaf that wouldn't stick together.