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They Eat Horses, Don't They?

Have you ever eaten horse meat? They do it in France and Germany and other European countries and apparently in Asia as well. I once had horse meat in a bratwurst and I would love to eat a horse sourbraten. Yummy!

But how about you? Would you eat horse? Would Americans be open for horse meat? (I don't think so.)

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8905/05/2021

They used to make their hooves into gelatin.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 105/04/2021

Doubtful. I believe most Americans don't like the taste of lamb/are unfamiliar with it (because it's considered 'gamey') -- I don't see horsemeat taking off here.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 205/04/2021

Fuck off GGG you boring cunt.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 305/04/2021

Germany here. I met one person in my entire life who ate horse meat, and he imported some sausages to pull pranks on others he wanted to catch unaware of what they were eating. It's not a thing here.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 405/04/2021

In this country we don’t do anything that barbaric. We just race them to the point of exhaustion and turn them into glue.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 505/04/2021

Oh G3, I used to love you...

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 605/04/2021

R2, that's really interesting. Do Americans not tend to eat much lamb? It's a bit thing here in Australia. I'm vegetarian now, but lamb was one of the last meats I gave up.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 705/04/2021

^it's a big thing...

Sorry!

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 805/04/2021

R7 I am an American who grew up eating lamb, and still eat it once a month, but my parents are from Turkey, and Iran.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 905/04/2021

Well I never!

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1005/04/2021

Americans eat lamb but it's not as popular as beef or chicken. A lot of people don't know how to cook it but I see lamb chops at restaurants all the time. The "dirty socks" musk taste is a turn off but I've found that Colorado raised lamb doesn't have that taste at all.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1105/04/2021

R7, Americans don't eat much lamb. I love it, but it's somewhat hard to find in grocery stores, and when you do (usually at middle eastern markets in my area anyhow), it's a bit expensive. I believe lamb used to be more popular in the 1950s/60s, as I'll see recipes for it in old cookbooks from that era though (lamb chops, rack of lamb).

Duck is another meat I wish was more popular here.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1205/04/2021

Let’s talk lamb instead of horse.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1305/04/2021

American here...I used to live in Paris, and there was a horse butcher right down the street. I don't find it objectionable, at all. I think Americans don't like eating things that are usually thought-of as cute.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1405/04/2021

I'm also vegetarian but some things are more acceptable than others. Horse meat is not acceptable. Fucking disgusting. My husband won't eat lamb. That's for old gross people like his mom and my dad.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1505/04/2021

Years ago when I was a kid, my dog had worms and the vet recommended feeding him horsemeat. It came in cans and was located in the pet food section, but I have no idea if it's still considered dog food. Anyway, I loved horses so I was very upset that my dog was eating their flesh for dinner every night. I'll never forget the way it smelled... not bad, but just not something I wanted to smell. No, I could never eat horsemeat.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1605/04/2021

Someone who tried it told me it was stringy.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1705/04/2021

I think lambchops are still popular in the U.S., but mutton is definitely obsolete here.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1805/04/2021

My favorite place for Horse is United in Mgarr, Malta.

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by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 1905/04/2021

No one eats mutton.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2005/04/2021

Most Americans eat beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and certain fish and shellfish, and that's about it. The idea of eating horses, like eating cats or dogs, is regarded as being one step away from cannibalism, an act of desperation or depravity.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2105/04/2021

Lamb is expensive in America.

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by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2205/04/2021

Eating horse sounds gross.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2305/04/2021

Lamb is more expensive than beef everywhere because of demand from Muslim Countries.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2405/04/2021

I grew up in Germany and I don’t know one person under 40 who has eaten horse meat.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2505/04/2021

I loved that commercial R22. Love that music. I think it's called Hoe Down.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2605/04/2021

I loved it as well, even before I knew it was gay music.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2705/04/2021

At a restaurant just outside Padua I had horse-meat. I did not order it; my Italian friends did. They told me after dinner what I had eaten. I remember it as really tender and tasty. 💁‍♂️

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2805/04/2021

Horse sashimi is a thing in Tokyo, apparently.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 2905/04/2021

I could not swear to it, but it's possible I tried it in Belgium decades ago. If so, I don't recall hating it or being creeped out, although I wouldn't eat it again. Too associated with pets, similar to cats and dogs.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3005/04/2021

I ate horse meat in Japan-- it's called basashi and it's eaten raw.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3105/04/2021

R31, was it good?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3205/04/2021

I guess it's ok. I also had raw deer and cooked whale. I don't really like a lot of meat, but in Japan, you really have to eat what they put in front of you.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3305/04/2021

R33 what happens if you refuse?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3405/04/2021

Raw horsemeat or deer is not good for you.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3505/04/2021

Nothing happens, but you don't have anything to eat if you don't eat what's prepared. I'm talking about at inns or banquets. That's where food like that is served. No one is going to go and make something because you don't want to eat the specialty.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3605/04/2021

What did whale taste like, R33?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3705/04/2021

I grew up with the forbidden meat with a German part of the family.

They treated it like contraband but it was just fine to my young-and-very-careful tastes. However, it was fibrous in a way beef isn't. Sinewy.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3805/04/2021

I once ate kangaroo meat and ut smelled funny. But whale meat tasted just like beef.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 3905/04/2021

As an exchange student in France in the early 70s. When France was still very "French."

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4005/04/2021

R34, seeing as it is Japan, it would probably be rude to refuse, and there are probably over 1,000 ways to be considered rude at a dinner table over there.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4105/04/2021

I had what I thought was hamburger when I was stationed in Germany in the late 70s. I found out later it was horsemeat. It was delicious and I kept on eating it every time I was in that neighborhood.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4205/04/2021

Horse here. I'd rather they didn't do it anywhere. It goes without saying, I wouldn't eat horse "meat" ever.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4305/04/2021

[quote] What did whale taste like, [R33]?

It tasted like corned beef. I had it in a very rural fishing town where you could see whale for sale in the markets. It wasn't good. But the grossest thing I ever had over there was fried blowfish balls. Raw fish balls are fine but when they're fried, they are veiny and the fish jizz squirts out when you bite into them. Also koi is gross. It's not often eaten since it's like catfish, an oily shit-eating fish.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4405/04/2021

I used to love when my mother would serve lamb. I'd steal the leftover mint jelly, some marachino cherries, and a martini glass to play "gay divorcee". I have no idea how 7 year old me came up with it, but, allegedly, you could see me from space.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4505/04/2021

R45 I just busted a gut over that one. That one belongs in the classic "dialing the phone with a pencil" thread.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4605/04/2021

People will eat anything i guess

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4705/05/2021

Americans eat lamb, but it is expensive. My family eats lamb every Easter. I used to buy lamb chops a lot, but they've just gotten too pricey. Ground lamb to make lamburgers is not uncommon. It's funny-- I never found lamb to be "gamey" at all. It tastes very similar to beef, to me. I got tricked into eating venison once, and I was furious when I found out what it was. I kept thinking it was rancid-- tasted awful!

I think eating a horse is disgusting and no different than eating dog. The way our wild horses have been treated in this country is horrific. I'd like to see some asshole politicians strung up for what they've allowed to happen-- importing American wild horses to France for meat. Awful.

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by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4805/05/2021

Not knowingly, and I don't eat mammals at all now but when there was the horse meat scandal a few years ago in the UK, I think it's possible I ate it unknowingly in the past.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 4905/05/2021

I've eaten horse in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. I don't see what the fuss is about. It's just meat.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5005/05/2021

Horses are more expensive, so they are not usually breed for human consumption when other options like beef and lamb are cheaper and better quality. Here they use it to make a kind of jerky called "charqui", not very common. The available horse meat is usually from old animals, kind of rare and not appropriated. I don't get the fuss about from some of you, pigs are way more intelligent than horses, why one is acceptable and the other doesn't? Also traditional salami used to include horse meat.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5105/05/2021

On a trip to France years ago, I remember seeing a shop with a horses head over the door and being told it sold horse meat. Do they still have those? I haven’t seen any since that first trip.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5205/05/2021

I figure with Chuck, duck, goose, turkey, beef and pork, there's enough meat to eat. I've tried rabbit, deer, lamb, ostrich and frog's legs. The last time I had lamb, I nearly choked on the gristle so I haven't had it since.

I could never consider eating horse because they are precious as service animals and companions, and even a wild horse that won't go near humans is just too awesome to look at. There's a lot you can do with the meat that's available in most markets. I don't need to eat rare meat to feel fancy.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5305/05/2021

[quote]I once had horse meat in a bratwurst and I would love to eat a horse sourbraten. Yummy!

Are you really German, OP? Because we spell that word sauerbraten in the US -- and I assume it's spelled that way in German, too.

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by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5405/05/2021

My father and I huntered for many years in New Zealand when I was growing up. Meats on offer Wild Boar, Venison, Rabbit, Ducks etc. Lamb is everywhere, we export most of it along with Beef. Ate horse in the Netherlands, tasted fine to me. Lived in Aussie for years, only really lean meat is Kangaroo. Sorry to all the vegans and veggos....not

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5505/05/2021

Wasn't there a M*A*S*H episode about where someone got sick from eating horse meat - and Col. Potter was appalled because he loves horses?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5605/05/2021

[quote]we spell that word 'sauerbraten" in the US and I assume it's spelled that way in German, too

It is indeed

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5705/05/2021

Yes, it is! I am German.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5805/05/2021

Didn't Jack In the Box get busted for serving horse meat in their tacos in the 80s?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 5905/05/2021

The most popular sandwich at a Parma, Italy restaurant at lunch time is Horse tartar ! There is line going outside for it daily.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6005/05/2021

R46, I shared my Price Is Right model fantasy in one of those threads. I have always had a vivid imagination.

To be on topic, I eat horse dick any chance I get, but I prefer it on the bone & alive.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6105/05/2021

Eating horse is taboo in many cultures around the world.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6205/05/2021

In Ljubljana, Slovenia, the late night drunk snack is Hot-Horse burgers. They used to be sold only from a stand but now even have proper restaurants. It’s ok. No freakier than a hot dog which most Americans readily slurp down.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6305/05/2021

I can only eat roast leg of lamb when it's fresh from the oven. Cold is is awful.

Lamb kebabs in the middle east are great.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6405/05/2021

I love lamb when it's mild, but when ordering it in a restaurant, it's a roll of the dice as you never know how gamey it will be. So I rarely eat it.

I used to love the souvlaki sandwiches at Karavas Place in NYC.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6505/05/2021

Tastes a bit like a cosmo.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6605/05/2021

Yes back in the 90s.

Next door neighbours were from Ghent, Belgium. It was their wedding anniversary and one of their family brought some. It was raw, sliced very thin like a carpaccio. Tasted sweet. Was ok.

I own racehorses and many are bought at sales or sold privately for human or animal consumption.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6705/05/2021

R67 The buying part sounds kind of disgusting. So when they can't ride them anymore, they are sold for food? I don't think that's okay.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6805/05/2021

Bison is quite good. I had my share at Yellowstone. I don't know if Ted Turner still owns his bison ranch in Montana, but at the time, it was something they were pushing as a healthier alternative to beef.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 6905/05/2021

I had it in Kazakhstan, it's national dish there as boiled with some dumplings/pasta or as sausage. there was really nothing else to eat. It very lean, almost gamey taste. Sausage is better.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7005/05/2021

Elk steaks are delicious.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7105/05/2021

r58 So why can't you spell sauerbraten?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7205/05/2021

We eat it in Switzerland. Horse steak, and as ragout. We also have dried horse meat that is similar to dried beef - which is a mountain thing. Thinly sliced, like dried ham. Horse meat is fine but cut like beef become inedible when over cooked.

Also available in the supermarket is deer, roe deer and wild boar. And rabbit but I don't buy rabbit though I'll eat it when served to me.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7305/05/2021

Does anybody else like rabbit?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7405/05/2021

Lived in Switzerland and France for 40 years. Never ate horse but I used to buy it for my dogs. Very strong order, off-putting and it gave my dogs skin problems. The vet claimed horsemeat was too rich.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7505/05/2021

My favorite meat is Provincetown bear steaks. So fatty and greasy!

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7605/05/2021

From what I understand, strong tasting lamb is from an old animal. In the US most people don't know what quality young lamb is, hence the strong gamey taste.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7705/05/2021

Former travel writer. I was on a press trip to Belgium years ago and it was served, so as a matter of protocol I tried some. I didn't like it. To be honest, if the more cruciferous vegetables and soy products didn't make my feel like a rat was running through my guts, followed by horrific gas, I would go vegetarian again.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7805/05/2021

I've always heard that horse meat tasted sweet.

I ate camel once (in Kuwait.) It was similar to beef, but drier (maybe that was how it was cooked.)

Speaking of foreign meat --- what's the US equivalent of gammon -- and if there isn't one, why don't we eat it here?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 7905/05/2021

Horse sausages very common in parts of Germany. Had a delicious horse carpaccio in Japan. When we asked what it was the waiter made whinny sounds to explain.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8005/05/2021

WTF is gammon?

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8105/05/2021

gammon is ham in the UK

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8205/05/2021

We call it ham R82.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8305/05/2021

I say 'neigh'! Er, 'nay.' Certainly not!

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8405/05/2021

Gammon is supposed to be cured like bacon; ham is not. Gammon is raw; ham i usually sold already cooked.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8505/05/2021

I cooked gammon over here in the UK on Monday for lunch with new potatoes & peas, with a cheese sauce.

Was very nice. Going to use the leftovers with the chicken I cooked yesterday to make Chicken, leek & ham pie today.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8605/05/2021

As I said, I'm a vegetarian and find this completely disgusting. But some of it is more disgusting than the rest. Who ate bear? That is almost like eating a person. This is 2021 and you people are not starving in some shack in the woods. Where are your standards? Where is the line? I'm really curious.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8705/05/2021

I eat bison burgers all the time - they taste like beef but lower fat & higher protein. I’ve had gator in New Orleans, rabbit snails & frogs legs in France, bat in New Guinea and elk, venison, moose and Rocky Mountain oysters in Denver. And I’m not a particularly adventurous eater.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8805/05/2021

Your lasagna might have lost the big race on Saturday.

Horsemeat is, for example, commonly eaten in (parts of) Italy, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, while, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, there has historically been a strong cultural aversion to eating it.

by Posting On Behalf Of Camilla Parker-Bowlesreply 8905/05/2021
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