Here’s a recipe my grandmother used to talk about all the time. She raised eight children during the Great Depression and never wasted a single morsel of food. And given that she had eight children, she became abreast of the afterbirth’s value.
And by the time her 19th grandchild arrived decades later, feeding so many mouths was such a challenge that her children were encouraged to breed just for the placenta that would feed the entire family a wholesome dinner. Oh sure, there was a lot of “but mommy, mommy, I don’t LIKE little brother!” followed by “Shut up and keep eating,” but grandma, being a strong matriarch, would have no lip at the table.
You can imagine my excitement when the Nevada County Gish Gallop ran a recent story about a North San Juan couple fighting to eat their placenta. I was surprised that the hospital just didn’t hand it over to them, because when Grammie was a young, child-bearing woman, they not only gave her the after-birth, but offered her the placenta of other women in the hospital. None the less, here is an updated/modernized version of one of my grandmother’s favorite recipes.
- 1/4 pound sliced fresh organic mushrooms, soaked for six hours during a waxing moon in ¼ cup filtered water; drain, reserving liquid
- 1 female organic green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup organic salted butter
- 1/2 cup freshly ground organic whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon Frontier Hawaiian red salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons organic free range chicken bouillon powder
- 2 Tablespoons sherry
- 1 1/2 cups organic milk
- 1 1/4 cups hot water
- 1 fresh placenta, chopped into bite size pieces
- 4 ounces chopped organic pimento
- Saute mushrooms and green pepper in butter over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Stirring constantly, slowly add flour, salt, and pepper.
- Continue to stir constantly over low heat until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.
- Stir in bouillon, milk, water, sherry and reserved mushroom liquid. Gently heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
- Stir in placenta and pimiento. Heat through.
- Serve over gluten free egg noodles.