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Facts & Figures #14: Sweetbreads

Sweetbreads are neither sweet nor bread. They are the parts of the animals that are generally considered unappetizing to many, but delicacies to others. Sweetbreads are the thymus (not thyroid) or pancreas glands of a lamb, calf, or piglet. These glands help with digestion in an animal.

To prepare for consumption, the thymus or thyroid are usually first brined and then soaked in milk. Then there are many options: grilling, breading and frying, stuffing, or using as a stuffing or pâté.

– Christina Pan

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