I'm only able to get hold of blood when I buy (vacuum-packed) wild-animal
carcases/organ-meats, such as wild hare, wild deer etc. The amount of blood
can vary considerably from tiny droplets to half a pint-glass-full - I seem
to recall that venison and wild boar liver always had the most blood
seeping off them. Try getting in touch with a farmer who hunts local
wildlife. I'd be very careful about asking conventional grass-fed meat
farmers re supplying blood, and would suggest only asking those you've known
for a very long time. Given current religious slaughtering methods re
removing blood, you might want to check with local kosher/halal butchers,
but keep in mind that they consider the blood to be unclean, so it may
presumably take some persuading to get them to give you some, even if you
are not of the faith.
Re brains:- I've only managed to get hold of raw (grain-fed) pig brains,
which is not ideal. As far as I'm aware UK(and US?) law only forbids the
sale of brain from cow-like ruminants like bison/cattle /water-buffalo.
Brains from sheep and pigs should be legal to buy and sell.Don't bother
trying to get hold of lambs' brains, as opposed to sheeps' brains, as it
will be just too small for the farmer to bother with(I've already tried
getting hold of marrow and brain from lamb, and they just say it's too much
trouble for them, as the amounts are tiny).
Unless you're willing to go and live in a region, like the Middle-East,
where brains are still a common national dish, or are have the facilities
for slaughtering live animals etc., it's best to look for online "BARF"
suppliers(suppliers of raw meat and bones for pets). They are, for obvious
reasons much more likely not to ask questions if you order things like
brain. I only know of one large BARF-supplier (Yahoo) group,
, but I'm sure there are many other BARF-organisations, some even within
your local area. I've heard a couple of good reports re this particular
group - you probably won't be able to get hold of organic, or grass-fed
versions, but you should be able to get hold of "naturally-reared"
brains/offal from pigs or sheep . "Naturally-Reared" is a rather loose
label that can mean anything from way better than grass-fed organic meat,
to only slightly better than factory-farmed food.
>From: "esota2001" <esota2001@...>
>Subject: [rawpaleodiet] finding sources for rare items (brains/blood)
>Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 10:28:25 -0000
>I've been raw paleo for awhile now and I still haven't found a source
>for lamb, beef or bison brains. Is there any way to gain access to
>these organ meats? A few of the farms I use sell live animals (lamb,
>goat). I think this is to accommodate our immigrant population that
>like to butcher there own animals. Is this the only way to get access
>to brains? Maybe I need to become a butcher?
> My other question is have any of you asked a farmer or butcher to
>catch blood for you? After reading about how mineral dense it is and
>how its part of many traditional diets, I'd like to try it raw. Do you
>think farmers or butchers would be offended by such a request? Is
>there a diplomatic way of asking for blood? Is trying raw blood a good
>idea? Any information will be great.