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Blood Sausage Yummmm!

Don - October 5, 2007

We were taken to dinner the other night by a salesperson and that got me thinking.

When I went on my mission to England we were told that we were to eat everything except blood sausage and blood pudding. Our mission president explain that was church policy and based on scriptures from the Old Testament. I was glad we had the policy. Although some of the other English dishes weren’t my favorite I found I could eat almost anything.

As a side note I told all my landladies that I wouldn’t eat any yellow (smoked) fish either. That was after I found a live worm while eating a piece of smoked fish.

Anyway this sales person ordered his steak rare. He was raised on a ranch and said as long as it was dead and at least warmed thru it was perfect. The steak he got could have moooooed!

If that’s not eating the blood I’m not sure what is.

I like mine steaks medium well, more grilled flavor, even crispy edges are nice. Of course as a pharisee I don’t have any blood gushing out of my steak when I cut it…so I’m ok. But then I thought the blood in my steak is just cooked longer. So why the ban on blood sausage and blood pudding. Should the ban be on your rare steam eaters instead?


  1. Our mission president explained that was church policy and based on scriptures from the Old Testament.

    Um, where is this policy written? Sure, a mission rule is fine but to claim “church policy” is lunacy. Plus, if you’re getting your eating guidelines from the OT, blood sausage is the least of your worries.

    Oh man, you must not care for steak tartare then, eh? And sushi? You’re missing out on an entire culture of food!

    Comment by Rusty — October 5, 2007 @ 11:05 am

  2. I also servered in England, and we were also forbidden from blood sausage, but for health reasons in general –the O.T. was never mentioned. Because basically, you’re eating a scab.

    Interestingly, a Jehovah’s Witness friend of mine also prefers his steak so rare that it still has the bell on it, despite their no-blood policy.

    Comment by Mephibosheth — October 5, 2007 @ 11:25 am

  3. Leviticus Chapter 17 is pretty straightforward on the subject of not “eating blood” …

    Leviticus 17:10-14
    10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
    11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
    12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.
    13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
    14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

    Comment by danithew — October 5, 2007 @ 11:46 am

  4. The “blood” from a steak isn’t really blood. It’s just the juices. You’re talking apples and oranges. Blood has significantly different than jus.

    I like my steak medium rare.

    Comment by KyleM — October 5, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

  5. DH Mike served his mission in Argentina in the early 80’s and ate blood sausage at least once. He also ate an armadillo. Apparently my man will eat anything (yuck). A that time there was no mission/church policy against either blood sausage or armadillo.

    According to him (everybody hold your stomachs) it was like swallowing a bloody nose. It has the thickness of gel and the straight taste of blood.

    I don’t know why you would need a policy against something as repusive as blood sausage. It seems that most anyone would have the sense not to eat it.

    Comment by JA Benson — October 5, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

  6. We don’t do the Old Testament style kosher stuff anymore. I like steak rare. Not only that, the sliced raw horse meat sashimi I had in Japan was mighty tasty.

    Comment by Seth R. — October 5, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

  7. My father-in-law served in Austria – they ate blood sausage all the time. One time his companion tried to dispose of the sausage through an open window when their host left the room – only to find the window was just very clean. After the sausage slid down, leaving a trail of gooze, it wasn’t clean anymore.

    Comment by gilgamesh — October 5, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

  8. I also served in England (as well as lived there) and had blood sausage several times; usually at members houses. I liked it fine.

    Comment by TStevens — October 5, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

  9. Heh–that’s interesting that Church policy was invoked; I’ve never heard that, although I’ve wondered about it.

    The rationale for such a policy, I would think, would come from Genesis 9:4: “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Since this is a Noachide law and not the Law of Moses then early Christians, while they claimed the Mosaic Law was fulfilled and/or applied only to the Jews, believed the Noachide law to be universally binding on all humanity and refrained from eating meat with blood for religious reasons.

    (Evidently this Noachide prohibition lies behind Acts 15:20, etc.–the problem with “strangled” meat being that the blood was not drained.)

    It’s not clear when the policy changed (in Christianity generally). I was in a situation once in which a Jewish professor mentioned that Christians today no longer feel bound by this injunction, and one of my Jewish friends looked at us incredulously and said “you guys eat *blood*!”

    Personally, I don’t need a religious reason to refrain from eating blood . . .

    Comment by Kiskilili — October 5, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

  10. Well… I work at this hospital lab and we have a test for finding out if someone has blood in their poo (indicative of something very wrong in the GI tract). The instructions include

    “Patient must refrain from eating rare red meat during the two days prior to obtaining sample.”

    I think that should answer all of our questions about whether or not rare red meat has blood in it. : )

    Comment by mellifera — October 5, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  11. I only eat blood when I want the power and courage of a cow in me.

    Comment by Bret — October 5, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

  12. I served in Spain and I sure wish we had had a policy against eating blood sausage. It’s nasty! One of the funniest moments was telling my poor greenie that she had eaten blood sausage in her paella. I didn’t eat mine, but could think of a polite way to tell her across the table.

    Comment by FoxyJ — October 5, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

  13. We didn’t have a rule against eating blood sausage when I was a missionary. We had it quite often around the holidays when eating with members. I don’t remember any of the missionaries refusing to eat it, though one of my companions just couldn’t finish his on a couple occasions and discreetly moved it to my plate so not to be rude. I didn’t mind the stuff at all.

    Now, the sour milk we were occasionally given was a different story. I was physically unable to drink it, however polite I wanted to be.

    Comment by worm — October 6, 2007 @ 1:51 am

  14. I also served in Spain and ate blood sausage at a member’s home on my first night there. It was by far the worst meal of my mission, beating out the charred pig’s eyelashes. It may not be against church policy, but it’s now definitely against my religion.

    Comment by JSW — October 6, 2007 @ 10:43 am

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