OK, I have had chitlins one time growing up. I was asked to cook them 3 times in the last 20 years. I had a woman that has been cleaning them for years clean them. Called by BIL from South Carolina and is my go to guy for soul food. He said boil them with onions, black pepper, salt and a peeled white potato... the potato will take up any off flavor so throw it out when you are done.
The house did not stink and I actually ate half a portion but everybody else loved them. Cleaning them is key and the potato works.
You do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do!
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