Cooking Your Placenta

I've heard a rumor that some women do this, though I didn't think it was true. But what was I thinking? There's always somebody who's going to try something out, no matter how gross it is. So anyway, if you have a hankering for cooked placenta, here are some recipes, including Roast Placenta (with red peppers and a bit of garlic) and Dehydrated Placenta (that would be like Placenta Jerky, I assume).

Birth/Babies Food

Posted on Sat Jan 15, 2005


Oh, well, mention of nazis, conversation thread over.

Godwin's law and all that.
Posted by Xenos  in  Here  on  Mon Oct 17, 2005  at  11:29 AM
Oh yeah, can't mention them. If you don't talk about it, mabey history will change, huh. Would Mussolini be under Godwin's law? I guess I should have used him. I love how every analogy now has a "law".
Posted by dave  on  Tue Oct 18, 2005  at  11:36 PM
Interesting thread.
I just got finished eating some placenta.

My wife gave birth five days ago, and the nurse kept the placenta in the room after the birth. She showed us the different parts of it, and how it was situated in the womb. This was about twenty minutes post-partum.

I had read about how some people eat placenta. After the nurse left the room, I tasted and swallowed a very small piece. It was about one or two grams. Compared to meat, it was the best. In texture and taste it was like filet mignon, and liver, kind of a combination of the two.

I didn't take long to put the placenta in a
"Patient Belongings" bag, and put it in our car. The weather was cold, so I was sure it would not spoil.

While I was gone, the nurse mentioned to my wife that the placenta was missing, and there are rules concerning how it should be disposed. She was not eager to enforce any rules concerning the matter. Her attitude was "Well, it's yours" She thought we should be able to do with it what we want.

I made a mental note to remember it was in the car. I didn't want to forget about it, and discover it again in the spring.

My wife has no interest in eating the placenta. With the new baby, things were so busy for the past five days, this was the first day I was able to deal with the placenta issue.

I took it out of the refridgerator, and weighed it. It was just over 600 grams. It had a lot of blood in it, so I spent a long time rinsing it under running water, and squeezing blood out of it.

I have photos, if anybody is interested.

Removing the connective tissue on the fetal side of the placenta was not easy. It lost about 100 grams of fluid from rinsing blotting and squeezing.

I cut it into six sections, freezing four of them. One section that I froze has the umbilical cord, some of the amniotic sac, and a portion of the placenta out to the edge.

I fried a 70 gram piece with onions and butter. The piece was about 5mm thick when I put it in the pan. I had pressed it to this thickness. It pulled together from the heat to become about 10 mm thick. The taste was more bland than when it was minutes old. It still tasted like a meat/liver combination, but the flavor was less intense. Maybe that's because most of the blood was squeezed out of it. The texture was a little spongy, like mushrooms. I added some Bragg(soy) sauce.

I don't think eating a human placenta is any more gross than eating a hamburger or steak(I do eat meat). There are all sorts of gross things that go on during meat processing, much worse than what I did with that placenta.

Posted by Koch  in  Missouri USA  on  Mon Nov 28, 2005  at  03:00 PM
Xenos, I believe that Godwin's law refers to the overuse of the analogy.
Posted by Jim  in  Dublin  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  12:25 AM
GROSS. sick
Posted by Shah  in  Singapore  on  Wed Jan 18, 2006  at  10:05 PM

im sorry but i think its nasty
Posted by Eva  in  New york  on  Tue Feb 21, 2006  at  07:01 PM
Here is a slide show of what we did with our placenta.

Warning, may be too graphic for some

Posted by MyPlacenta  on  Thu Mar 16, 2006  at  10:49 PM
seriously disgusting!! so sick its just sick. go live a in jungle if u want to live like a animal whoever eat that shit. that is sick what's next your gonna eat your own shit and say that its a new form of healthy dieting and that your urine is new way to promote hair growth, get real freaks.
Posted by disgusted  in  vancouver, canada  on  Mon Mar 27, 2006  at  11:42 PM
hey disgusted, people actualliy drink their own urine. not sure why but its disgusting. you cant pay me enough to do it

cooking you own placenta is nasty, i know many people do it and im sorry if i offend any of you who do but....ewww

i mean come on!
Posted by Eva  in  new york  on  Tue Mar 28, 2006  at  02:11 PM
(From KaRi, This in response to Fox 11 News story about Tom Cruise eating Katie's Placentia. This is aired along with the Kevin Underwood story, the guy who killed a 10 year old preparing to consume her - SEXUAL PREDATORS, see ! Note: My security code for posting this is "complete")

The Amazing Placenta
From Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE,
Your Guide to Pregnancy / Birth.

While we all marvel at the miracle of fetal development and the wonders of birth, we very often fail to look at the miraculous organ the placenta.

This organ grows from the time of conception to eventually take over the production of hormones needed to sustain the pregnancy at around 12 weeks gestation (from your last menstrual period). It supplies your growing baby with a means of obtaining nutrients for development as well as a method of waste disposal. This is the only disposable organ ever made.

Other cultures (see, need to save space! KaRi)

For example, in some cultures it is commonplace to leave the baby attached to the placenta (see

Some families will take the placentas and bury them in the ground to celebrate the new life given to them. This dedication of the placenta back to the earth or in honor of the child is becoming more frequent.

What about placenta art? Yes, you can make art out of it. (see for more, KaRi)

Then comes the practice of placentophagia, eating the placenta, is also practiced in some parts of the world. There are even meal like recipes for cooking placentas, including placenta stew, placenta lasagna, power drinks with blended placenta and others. Though some mothers have been reported to eat placenta raw.

There are many reasons listed for eating the placenta, including it helping stem postpartum depression and it supposedly helps to contract the uterus after the birth. We know that many animals eat their own placenta, including as a means to hide the scent from predators.

In our modern world this may seem barbaric and some have even said that this could spread HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis. While this is very true if people other than the mother consume the placenta, normally it is only the mother partaking of the placenta.

In Chinese Medicine, the placenta is known as a great life force and is highly respected in terms of its medicinal value. However, in this field it is not cook, but rather usually dried. To dry a placenta you would simply dehydrate it in the oven, then using a mortar and pestle grind it up. From there you can mix it with food or ingest it within capsules. I have actually known one mother who did this drying technique. It is my only personal experience with placentophagia.

No matter what you choose to do with your placenta, remember to value the life it has helped you nuture and bring forth. It is, after all, the Tree of Life.
Posted by KaRi  in  Long Beach, CA  on  Tue Apr 18, 2006  at  09:28 AM
In Response to Dave's comment (9/29/05) that John should get his head out of his ass for claiming that some shampoos contain HUMAN placenta, Dave is obviously the dumbass here. Human placenta is commonly used in many cosmetic products including shampoos. Ever heard of Google Dave? (Dumbass)
Posted by Chris  on  Tue Apr 18, 2006  at  04:10 PM
Oh good lord almighty this is completely disgusting! At the age of 35 one would think they had heard it all but this tops the "Wow Thats Completely Disgusting!" list! I can barely hold down my dinner as I write this. The only reason any creature ever would do this would be to throw off predators from finding the young. Why dont we start using scabs to replace bacon-bits for salad if this is the mindset on this subject! This is hippy? Sounds like fetish to me. Lanolin is about as close to placenta as I would get.
Posted by Chris Rush  in  Colorado Springs  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  12:04 AM
"The Jungle"
- Upton Sinclair
READ IT! We have all eaten meat with something "extra" in it.
Posted by Jay  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  12:25 AM
Do i have to read it?? really? Cant you just get to the point man? Meat with something extra, yeah and peanut butter has something extra in it too.
Posted by Chris Rush  in  Colorado Springs  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  01:08 AM
Never mind, I know this book, The Jungle is about life in a turn of the century meat packing plant. Alot has changed in 100 years and the advent of the USDA. Evolve! This eating of a dead human organ fished from the after birth still baffles me. And to say it gives vegi's a chance to have meat protein is even dumber. Go grab a whey protien shake and a multi vitamin you cave dwelling throwbacks!
Posted by Chris Rush  in  Colorado Springs  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  10:52 AM
Even Tom Cruise wouldn't eat it!
Posted by name  on  Sat Apr 22, 2006  at  11:39 PM
If he had it would have been a disaster! Katie is certainly edible, from the outside in! Now she's about as cute as a bugs ear! And I hate Tom for that!
Posted by Chris Rush  in  Colorado Springs  on  Sun Apr 23, 2006  at  10:17 AM
I cant quite stomach the idea of eating my placents. I envy the people who can. I want to I just dont have the guts. Congradulations to all of you who are brave enough to do what is right. I myself will stick to dried placenta capsuls.....
Posted by Bedajii  on  Wed Jun 21, 2006  at  11:58 PM
In America there is a legal limit as to how many roach legs and other insect parts are allowed into food that is distributed across the country. Personally, I'm more concerned with the artificial chemicals being used to clean or even preserve foods than I would be a perfectly naturally developed organ; even if it is indeed human. I'm not saying add it to the menu at your local pub, but at the same time you should discount it just because you would not eat it because it disgusts you.
Posted by Dave  in  USA  on  Sun Nov 12, 2006  at  08:20 PM
should not discount it*
Posted by Dave  on  Sun Nov 12, 2006  at  08:22 PM
Ok Dave, I challenge your primordial high minded thinking... You eat a placenta and tell the audience how absolutely high mindedly delicious it is! Please tell us Dave, and then tell us why it would'nt just be easier to go buy a top sirlion, some mushrooms, bell peppers, small tomatos and onions and make a wonderful batch of shish-ka-bobs to celebrate the birth. Please man, get real.
Posted by Chris Rush  in  colorado springs  on  Sun Nov 12, 2006  at  08:57 PM
I would rather take a bite out of a prepared placenta than a mushroom. Anyhow, it is not something I'd ever order off of a menu. However, it is not something I would frown upon others about. There are two organs that the human body produces and discards throughout its life. The Tymus, infants have during their first year of life and is then disolved, and the placenta, grown in a woman's body during pregnancy. C'mon Chris, we aren't talking Human hearts or lungs here.
Posted by Dave  in  USA  on  Sun Nov 12, 2006  at  09:39 PM
Sorry to seperate:

Nor am I saying pull a Hannibal Lector and tell everyone after they have eaten that it was indeed their orchestra's trumpet player that was exquisite not a delicious filet mignon. *Which yes, is a cow's ass*

What are we arguing here?
Posted by Dave  in  USA  on  Sun Nov 12, 2006  at  09:42 PM
Actually Dave there is more then one organ the human body can live without, the gall bladder, spleen and in some cases one kidney. Now, if you think eating disposable human organs is a great thing to do then why dont you shop at a surgery center for your next meal. I find it barbaric to eat human flesh in any case, personaly I hardly eat red meat at all because of my polycystic kidney desease Im mostly on a soy diet. So, when the day comes that one of my kidneys fails I be sure to let you know! I hear human kidney is great with a fine Chanti and favah beans! LOL
Posted by Chris Rush  in  Colorado Springs  on  Sun Nov 12, 2006  at  11:20 PM
The Tymus and the Placenta are very important 'disposable' organs that are indeed naturally temporary organs. Unlike the spleen, appendix, and gallbladder that need to be removed.

I just think saying that it is barbaric for these cultures that have rituals in regards to the placenta is a bit closed minded.
Posted by Dave  in  USA  on  Mon Nov 13, 2006  at  07:08 AM
Although the placenta is revered in many cultures, very few customarily eat the placenta after the newborn's birth. Those who advocate placentophagy in humans, mostly in modern America and Europe, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands believe that eating the placenta prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. Human placenta tastes very similar to beef, with a springy texture similar to the heart. A variety of recipes are known to exist for preparing placenta for eating.

Obstetrician Maggie Blott opposes the post-natal depression theory. Blott, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says there's no medical justification at all; "Animals eat their placenta to get nutrition but when people are already well-nourished, there is no benefit, there is no reason to do it".
Human placenta has also been an ingredient in some traditional Chinese medicines.
So, Dave as you can see very few people eat placentas. Its not really a cultural thing, its more like a bizaare fetish. It serves no real purpose as a nutritional product, eating a placenta is illogical and not needed in todays world. If its a matter of vegetarians getting to enjoy cruelty free meat, that also is beyond logic because most vegetarians become sickened by the taste of meat in the first place. I seriously doubt a vegetarian would even consider the notion. So in all honesty, it is barbaric, bizaare and completely wierd. Its not cultural and not humanly natural.
Posted by Chris Rush  in  colorado springs  on  Mon Nov 13, 2006  at  05:37 PM


nasty people !!`~
i would never do that
i don't even no how i got on this site but gross
Posted by kayla  in  africa  on  Mon Jun 16, 2008  at  08:19 AM
I can understand why some people would find the practice unsettling, though the vehemence of a few of these comments is rather surprising. Nazis? Really?? Many cultures do this, EVERY mammal does it, and the practice has proven health benefits. IF you have a strong reaction, maybe try doing a little research before you respond in ignorance and make an ass of yourself.
Posted by Fitz  in  Vancouver, BC  on  Sat May 29, 2010  at  04:05 PM
I honestly think people are making a bigger deal about this than they need to. I have, in fact, heard of vegetarians eating their placentas, or taking it in pill form at the very least. And honestly, a lot of people in the modern world are more malnourished than they think, so really, the eating of the placenta can still be a huge benefit to the mother. Men, on the other hand, have no real reason to eat the placenta apart from curiosity. I can see people being disgusted, and I certainly understand the reasoning behind it all, but for those who choose to do it, they could have a very good reasoning behind it.

And for the person who mentioned cannibalism in history, saying that since it happened we might as well consider it good... Cannibalism has actually led to stronger immunity in our species, and everybody has an ancestor that has eaten another person. In some forms, cannibalism is actually a total religious experience. Not to mention the symbolic cannibalism in say... Communion? "This is my body, and this is my blood"
Not that I'd like to sit down to a nice roast of any of you, or even someone who died of natural causes, but it's not a choice I would condemn someone for if they had the permission of the deceased beforehand, and they had a legitimate religious reason for doing it.
Posted by C.M. Smith  in  Las Vegas  on  Sat Jul 24, 2010  at  01:09 AM
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