Going green is the the only way tripe will benefit your dog's health.Your dog will drool. You may gag. But make no mistake, there is hidden value inside and out.
Tripe is the stomach of certain animals. Those who have four stomachs, or I guess more accurately it’s the four chamber stomach in animals such as cattle, deer, sheep and goats. Since these animals graze and swallow, then bring the food back up to chew after the first part of the stomach has worked to start breaking it down, can you imagine what’s in there?
Think enzymes, gastric juices, amino acids, essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6), acidophilus (my favorite probiotic) and lactic acid (as in kefir and yogurt). Throw in some protein, fat, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc and selenium and you’ve got an array of nutrients to improve and maintain health.
And what is the hardest thing the body has to do? Digest! Everything in this organ aides in digestion just as it did for the cow.
I'd kept my eye out for raw tripe for a few years. When I found it I bought 30 pounds of frozen in 3 ten pound bags. Yes I did.
I left one bag in the sink to thaw out overnight.
I woke to a smell I can only describe as something had died ... like a week ago.
picked up the tripe and took a whiff and immediately wished I hadn’t.
outside (literally) to clear my nose, my brain and create an action plan.
I opened the
windows, turned on the kitchen exhaust fan; lined the countertop with
held my breath and divvied it up into one pound bags. About half
way through the process I realized my 14-year-old was sitting just
outside the kitchen with bright eyes and eagerly wagging his tail.
I put eight one pound bags in the freezer and gave my Bobo a big spoonful. Crap . . . he was in heaven. I was going to have to get used to the stench.
Do add this "offal" to your dog’s diet if possible. You don’t have to feed a lot of it and you don’t have to feed it every day. Even three or four times a month is advantageous.
If it's white, forget it! It's been stripped of all the goodness and bleached. Yuck.
It's called green tripe but it's more like brown. I took this pic to show you.
It took a year to get used to the smell. I'm proud it no longer gags me. I once bought large pieces but I won't do that again.
It was like trying to cut a car tire with a knife but I thought you might like to see what the whole form looks like.
Below you can see where all the enzymes, gastric juices, amino acids, essential fatty acids, probiotics and other healthy stuff sticks to when you see the actual inside surface.