Our little rice cooker in a *new* red—but not for long! Shop now » details
Certain restrictions and exclusions apply. While supplies last.
🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Tripe: muscle or organ?

Doing a little research on tripe. Some sources refer to it as a muscle, but it seems like it would be an organ. Most of the sources I can find on tripe on the web are dog food forums, so I'm hoping to get an answer from a culinary source. I already checked in Jennifer McLagan's Odd Bits book, and she doesn't classify it either way.

asked by petitbleu almost 2 years ago
7 answers 937 views
B0e51b35 a002 4fdd adc2 f06fa947184e  baci1
HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

I always thought it was both since the stomach is defined as a muscular organ.

730e314f caf5 438f 9a9a 998057ffb9ff  20151109 150352
Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 2 years ago

It's stomach lining, so wouldn't that make it a tissue? It gets lumped with organs, but it's definitely not a muscle.

7b500f1f 3219 4d49 8161 e2fc340b2798  flower bee
added almost 2 years ago

It is both. It falls in the offal category, which anatomically speaking is distinct from the category of muscles and the category of bones. However, there are three different types of muscles in the human body - skeletal muscles, smooth muscle, and cardiac muscle. Tripe is of the smooth muscle variety whereas steak is of the skeletal muscle variety. Skeletal muscle has the filaments that you observe when you cut or pull meat, and smooth muscle has a different more unified structure because of the way it functions.

67544da8 1862 4539 8ec8 2d9dfc2601bb  dsc 0122.nef 1
added almost 2 years ago

Technically it consists of slow muscle fibers, rather than the striated muscles that constitute meat. But these are so morphologically different!

3639eee1 5e0d 4861 b1ed 149bd0559f64  gator cake
hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

Send Camas Davis of the Portland Meat Collective and see if she can tell you. I know it's from the first 3 chambers (rumen, reticulum, and omasum) of the stomach of cattle (maybe other ruminants as well), but I don't know if it's just the mucosal layer or if the muscularis layer is also included. My inclination would be to call it organ, but I bet Camas would know or be able to refer you to someone who does.

120fa86a 7a24 4cc0 8ee1 a8d1ab14c725  me in munich with fish
added almost 2 years ago

Oh, that's a good idea. I should've thought of that!

730e314f caf5 438f 9a9a 998057ffb9ff  20151109 150352
Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 2 years ago

Great idea HLA.