A mother of two and Australian radio personality, Veronica Milsom, plans to raise her 6-month-old with as little waste as possible…which includes consuming her own placenta.
How did she prepare it? By cooking her placenta into a sausage roll of course!
Milsom documents her journey to zero waste on her podcast ‘Zero Waste Baby.’
It was after the birth of her second daughter on April 1 to “save the planet from environmental disaster.”
“My mission is to use zero waste and reuse whatever I can,” she says. Which includes her afterbirth.
“I knew that women sometimes chose to have theirs dried up and ground down into pills, or to bury it in the garden, but I was imagining I could use it to cook up a dish,” she shared.
“I considered a plas-agne (lasagna + placenta), or putting it on as topping for a pizza, but I landed on hiding it within pastry and making a pla-sausage roll,” she adds.
“Cutting up my placenta was as horrible as you can imagine,” she shared with Pedestrian TV.
“Every single slice that you made felt it was a part of yourself,” she recalled.
“Like, I felt like my insides would tense up as it happened.”
She revealed how the placenta made a “disgusting sizzling noise,” and the smell, well, “I can’t even begin to describe…like, cooking up yourself and having it come back into your nose,” she said. “It’s disgusting.”
Milsom invited her former radio cohost Lewis Hobba along with girlfriend Alex, an obstetrician, to try her sausage.
“Lewis basically swore from the moment I gave it to him. He couldn’t stop saying like ‘What the f–k happened to you growing up to make you like this?’” she shared.
“He said at one point that I should try to sell the pla-sausage roll on the black market because there would be some freak that would buy it, and as soon as they buy it, I should report them to the Australian Federal Police.”
Milsom went on to reveal how it tasted, as well as why she decided to share her experience in the first place .
“I only nibbled a little bit and then I buried it in the garden,” she says. “Unfortunately I wasn’t able to convince anyone else to eat it.”
“The entire premise of my podcast Zero Waste Baby is that I’m a concerned mother/citizen about the future of the environment and the amount of landfill that’s being created — I wanted to do something about it,” she says. “As far as eating your placenta goes — that was me taking the premise to its comedic extreme for the purposes of making a fun podcast.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.