Sometimes known as 'Snout To Tail', this concept is one of my favourite passions - using as much of the carcass as possible! In many countries around the world the idea of embracing all parts of the animal is second nature, and there is no negativity or sensitivity to eating lesser known cuts, offal and more. Eating all the animal has an impact on not just yield management, but it creates less wastage which is a hot topic in the meat industry right now not just for consumers but businesses too.
And it's not just a hot topic in the meat industry, consumers are also becoming more conscious of food waste and the impact it has on the environment. By promoting 'Nose to Tail' cooking, we can help educate and engage people on this important issue.
Utilising all parts of the animal can also lead to more diverse and interesting dishes that can usually be better for your wallet too. Lesser known cuts and offal are often packed with flavour and can be cooked in a variety of ways, and I am passionate about showing my audience and butchers how to add value and display in them in their windows. Customer will usually buy what they see, so making secondary cuts and offal visible in stores and online can make huge inroads in promoting their popularity.
This concept can also be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. By using every part of the animal, we can reduce waste and make the most of our resources.
Embracing the whole animal is a great way to honour and respect the animal itself. It acknowledges the sacrifice that was made for our food and encourages us to be mindful about the craft involved in the meat industry.
My favourite lesser used cuts here in Australia? Honeycomb tripe, beef conical and lamb spine.
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