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B is for Turning Blood into Pudding


I bet that title caught your attention. Maybe you shivered and thought I must be a vampire. Of course not!  Or, maybe you went, "Ewwwwwwww!" Well, turning blood, pork blood, to be precise, into pudding is definitely not for the squeamish.

I was ten years old when the Daddy gave me the task of turning pork blood into pudding. (If I could, I'd put in a sound effect like Dum da da dummmm!) Okay, let me give you some context. Back then, every now and then, the Daddy and his friends would purchase a pig from a local pig farmer, bring it back to our house, and slaughter it in the backyard. We lived in a small neighborhood two miles out of city limits so that was okay, and, as far as I know, the neighbors did not care.We lived in a rural area after all.

This usually happened on a Saturday morning. The men would be out in the backyard partying it up with a bottle of whiskey as they butchered the meat. The pig's blood would be brought into the house to turn into a thick-like pudding.

You beat the blood with an egg beater while someone poured vinegar into the pot. How much vinegar? I don't know. Whoever poured it always knew when was enough. You stood there and turned and turned the handle of that egg beater. Eventually the bright red blood changed into a foamy mixture and finally into a thick rich chocolate colored pudding.  It was like magic to watch it thicken.

By the way, if you ever go to a Filipino party and someone asks if you'd like to try the Chocolate Meat, know that is pork cooked in blood. I think it's tasty. But, then I'm a vampire. Bwah-ha-ha-ha. 

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  1. No part of the butchered animal ever goes to waste. My grandmother used to use it in blood sausage. Very healthful.

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  2. Ohhhh ... I just can't think about it. Haha!

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  3. Ehhhh, I'd try it, but it sounds a little iffy. I'm not much of a vampire though.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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    1. These days, I'd only eat anything made with pork blood if the pig was a pasture raised one.

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  4. I thought it might be blood pudding. I think i saw Anthony Bourdain try this on his show "Parts Unknown". I am sorry but ....blechhhh. You could not pay me enough to eat that:)

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    1. Not even a million dollars? I only go as high as Austen Powers would.

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  5. I had a South American blood sausage with an ex GF's family many moons ago ... managed to get through it with lots of condiments.

    What did the pudding taste like?

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    1. The pudding is used as an ingredient in the chocolate meat dish. It's rich and flavorable. I suppose the closest taste would be calves liver. I especially liked the sauce on rice. Yummm. It's too rich for me to eat now.

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  6. OOOH! I've never eaten it but it's well known in Hawaii! BTW, being a minion is not much work really. And I was a very lax minion.
    Maui Jungalow

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    1. Glad you're enjoying the minion life, Courtney. :-)

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    1. The Husband wondered what you might have thought about this story.

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  8. Oh, yikes. Give me a blood orange. 😉

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    1. At this point in my life, I'll take a blood orange, too.

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  9. I'm from East Europe, so I can put up with a lot of different foods, whether I eat them or not. This sounds interesting. :) Great post. Sure got my attention.
    Silvia @
    Silvia Writes

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    1. Thanks, Silvia. I think there's a positive correlation with being able to put up with a variety of different foods and people.

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