Food Files: Liver

Gently panfried slice of Berkshire pig's liver...

Liver you say huh?

I know it is not as pretty as some of the other foods out there.  It isn’t as bright, as sweet, or as appetizing all the time.

However, liver is one of the foods that most of us miss out on.  When it comes to nutrition, liver is a superstar.  It contains basically all of the B-vitamins in large quantities.  The all-important vitamins B12 and A are available in extremely high amounts.  As these are two vitamins that are very commonly deficient in the American diet, this is a great supplement to add in.

Cost?  Grass-fed organic liver is one of the cheapest cuts of meat you can buy.  That is, until everyone catches on to how powerful it is.  Organ meats in general have been an important part of almost all historical cultures.  They knew the potent nutritional properties to it.  Just eating some liver a few times a week will blast deficiencies of B12, iron, vitamin A, B vitamins,etc.  It  also works wonders to heal….wait for it…our livers.  This is very important in our society.  Most of us have muddied up livers and gall bladders from years of abuse with things like fried foods, pasteurized dairy products, sugars, gluten, and processed foods.

How do you eat it?  I do understand that this is not something you really want to just pick up and munch on like say, an apple or a juicy avocado.  So what do we do with it?  Let’s start on how to acquire it in the first place.

Find a local farmer that produces free-range grass fred beef products.  Make sure they use no hormones, antibiotics, or GMO crops in their feed rotations.  Purchase some liver from these sources.  Freeze the liver for up to 14 days to kill off any parasites or bugs that may be hiding.

After thawing, you may pretty much do whatever you want with it.  The classic “liver and onions” is a very good dish.  Lightly cooked liver and sautéed onions in maybe some raw butter is very good.  A little garlic also does wonders.  You may mix in liver with hamburgers on the grill.

For the truly brave, you may eat the liver raw.  This is the most potent way to enjoy liver.  Always make sure it is from a good source that you trust.  One way to get past the taste is to mix it in a Nutribullet or similar blender with things such as tomatoes, cucumbers and garlic.

All in all, liver is a superfood that doesn’t quite get the credit it deserves.  Let’s start giving this nutritional powerhouse a place on our menu.

-Joe

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