How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking

How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking

Author: Marvellina
How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking - This tutorial will show you how to clean, prepare, store, and cook pig's kidney.
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Ingredients

  • Whole pig's kidney
  • Salt

Equipments to do the job:

Instructions

Cleaning the kidney:

  • Rinse the kidney with water. Put on gloves if you choose to 
    How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking
  • Cut off any parts that connected to the kidney
    How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking
  • You might still see some of the membranes covering the kidney, gently pull on that and remove it
    How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking
  • Use a sharp long knife to cut the kidney into half lengthwise
    How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking
  • You will see all the whitish veins and fat. All those need to be removed. You can first use kitchen shears to cut off the vein or you can skip this part and just use a small sharp knife to cut off the vein and remove the fat. It's important to remove all the white part to prevent odor when you cook the kidney
    How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking

Preparing the kidney:

  • Once it's cleaned, cut the kidney into 3-4 inch slices
    How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking
  • Use a small knife to score the surface of the kidney with criss-cross patterns, taking care not to cut through it
    How to Clean and Prepare Pig's Kidney for Cooking
  • Place these in a bowl of cold water with 1/2 tsp of salt, enough to cover the kidney and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. Change the water and keep doing so until the water is no longer reddish from the blood. This will get rid of any odor from the kidney when you cook it
  • The kidney is pretty much ready to be cooked at this point

If you choose to store them:

  • If you choose to store them, I highly suggest that you store them after you boil them in water. They store better than if you store it raw. They deteriorate pretty fast and smell funky if you don't use them right away

Cooking kidney:

  • They can be used in soup, fried and stir-fry in most Asian cuisine. Do not overcook them or they will turn tough. Bring water to a rolling boil and then cook them for about 45 seconds (depending on how big of a slice), they should be gray in color after cooked (inside and out)
  • If you choose to fry or stir-fry, there's no need to parboil the kidney first, you can use it right away

Notes

When using kidneys in soup, it is better to cook the kidneys separately or they will make the soup "cloudy"