• The brains of animals are classed as offal and are a delicacy in Italy, France and other countries. Their use is falling out of favour due to problems with the agent responsible for scrapie and BSE, which affects the brains of sheep and cows. If used they should be plump, fresh and covered with an easily removed membrane. They are soaked in salted water, the membrane and blood vessels removed and the brains poached in acidulated water.