Goat offal, or organ meat, is one of the less-known packaged goat meat we offer, yet it is resurging in popularity due to the high nutrient value of these cuts of meat. Additionally, at our farm, we make it our mission to utilize the whole animal, which is referred to as nose-to-tail butchery. This includes the organ meat or as it’s sometimes called, offal.
What is offal?
While offal may not be as popular as the more traditional cuts, offal, or also called organ meat, includes the heart, kidneys, liver, and tongue. Offal is extremely nutrient dense and provide many essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc, potassium, and iron.
Through our USDA-inspected butcher we are able to offer the following goat organ meats:
The liver regulates cholesterol levels, aids in digestion, and helps clear toxins from the body. It’s also one of the most nutrient-packed organs (and foods in general) and small amounts can be mixed in with ground meat to boost nutrition without altering taste.
Goat Liver Benefits
Goat liver is high in vitamin A, choline, copper, iron and zinc, which are essential nutrients for eye and immune health.
Goat liver nutrition
The nutrition of one serving of goat liver (100g/3 oz) includes 125.7 calories, 4.9 g fat, and 20.3 g protein.
Both an organ and a muscle, the heart circulates blood throughout the body. When prepared properly it can be tender and delicious, and contains high amounts of CoQ10, vitamin B12, riboflavin, and niacin for nervous system function. Try it grilled!
Goat heart nutrition
The nutrition of one serving of goat heart (100g/3 oz) includes 117.6 calories, 4.4 g fat, and 19.38 g protein.
The tongue is a great source of niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin B12 which helps convert food into energy. Tongue needs to be slow cooked to make it tender but is fantastic shredded in tacos, thinly sliced for charcuterie or a sandwich, and many other preparations.
Goat tongue nutrition
The nutrition of one serving of goat tongue (100g/3 oz) includes 188.6 calories, 13.7 g fat, and 16.6 g protein.
Kidneys filter blood, remove waste and help maintain balance in the circulatory system. It contains a very high amount of selenium, which is an important mineral for immune health and hormone production, among other things. They add a meaty texture and taste to a dish and can be grilled, sauteed, or stir-fried.
Goat kidney nutrition
The nutrition of one serving of goat kidney (100g/3 oz) includes 89.4 calories, 2.9 g fat, and 15.6 g protein.
The building block of the skeleton, bones contain marrow and collagen, which both boast large amounts of amino acid and protein that help support bone and skin health as well as fight inflammation. Bones can be used to make bone broth or create collagen powder to use as a thickener for soups and stews or even desserts.
Offal, or organ meat, is a group of edible parts of an animal not included in traditional muscle cuts (steaks, roasts, chops, etc.). For centuries cultures have been using the whole animal, including offal, for its nutritional benefits. Literally, nothing was wasted, including meat, organs, and hides for leather.
Offal includes blood, bones, brains, lungs, gizzards, heart, kidney, liver, skin, sweetbreads, tongue, tripe, intestines among other parts.
Yes, goat liver is excellent for health as it provides numerous nutrients in just one serving, including copper, selenium, niacin, vitamin B6, folates, iron, and riboflavin, among other nutrients. It's also a great source of protein.
It is actually easier to buy organ meat, or offal, directly from a farm. At Cylon Rolling Acres we offer USDA-inspected goat liver, kidney, heart, tongue, and bones. All are available with our meat delivery service nationwide via UPS or for local order pick up.
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Indian Food Composition Tables (2017). Indian National Institute of Nutrition., T. Longvah; R. Ananthan; K. Bhaskarachary; K. Venkaiah. Adapted for U.S. recommended daily values due to no nutritional data reported from the USDA.