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Question by sterndixon. Uploaded on November 10, 2010
Can't stand the taste and wouldn't eat it if I could. I leave mine in the woods with the gut pile.
Coyotes need love too.
Liver being a filter among other things it is taken from a young animal ie. calf, chicken even pork.
My Doctor has told me to not eat any animal innards. He says they are all bad for people with heart and circulatory problems like me. Yet, fried deer liver has been on my diet for years. But on the other hand my Doctor may have a good point because look at me now and the heath that I am in.
I agree with WAM
love it. i've eaten it all my life and i'm still kickin'.
Eating deer liver all depends on personal taste. I know people that love it and people hate it.
Is deer liver OK to eat? As long as the deer appears healthy and the liver has a dark red color with no spots or discoloring. Most animal organs are high in fat and cholestrol.
Lets have some liver an onions
If you dont want to eat it, it makes good catfish bait.
i was brought up to believe not to eat it. ya cant control what the deer are eating. heart, liver all that stuff i personally wouldn't trust. up to you, if you do procede and do it, pickle em.
Wow, Some people should stay out of the woods its seems, While it is true that you should never eat the entrails of any animal because that is were the parasites live, The Liver is not a entrail nor is the heart. If you enjoy the flavor od liver in general then by all means eat it if not then dont. I have met people that claim deer backstrap and tenders are nasty tasting and should not be eatin, I even know people that dont eat meat at all. Yet I have never heard one of them state that you should not eat it because it would kill you or was unhealthy. I myself am a medical professional and in my highest medical opinion red meat can be a part of a very healthy diet and yes even liver be from a deer or a chicken it to can be good for you. Red meat is like all things that it is ok in small amounts. As for the heart it is the absolute leanest part of any animal you can eat, and if you enjoy meat from that animal then you will enjoy the heart. Ask any butcher what the leanest most tender cut of an animal is and most of them will say the heart. The usually keep them for themselves. I dont like the taste of liver however I will eat it on occasion I do save and eat the heart if it is not to bloodied up from the kill. I have one in the fridge now soaking to enjoy later. So while it is safe to eat the liver and heart I would agree that it is up to the individual.
I clean skin and wash the liver, then slice it into 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices and roll it in flour with salt and ground pepper. then add crisco to a cast iron skillet and get it nice and warm. then place the breaded livver in the skillet and fry until golden brown along side of sliced onion. once you have cooked all the liver add a small portion of the flour mix and milk to the skillet and stir to a nice smooth gravy leaving the cooked onion in the skillet then spoon gravy over the liver on a plate with your favorite biscuits and enjoy... If you like that sort of thing.
It is the first piece of meat that will be ready to eat after a fresh kill. Alpha wolves take this important and nourishing piece of meat and claim it. Firemedic's recipe is spot on. I also fry up duck hearts and livers. Use a lid on the hearts because they explode with hot grease, but are good with a little salt, beats hotdogs, spam, or bologna anytime.
Deer liver is great eating. Personally I prefer bird livers like duck, chicken, and pheasant. Pork liver is great for pate and little rabbit livers are great in a rabbit pate as well.
I like creamed duck hearts on toast, too. I served it once as a special at a restaurant I cooked at it was a hit.
We always feast on the liver of the deer if it isnt shot up at all. Fried in a cast iron skillet with butter and onions, and a little salt and pepper. Like most lean cuts, you don't want to over cook it. Medium is as far as I would take it.
On a side note we always save the hearts for a heart stew. It's a fan favorite every year.
in regards to people worried about liver flukes. This came from the department of healths website. "This parasite is not infective for humans and presents no public health menace in this regard. The main prohibition against human consumption of cooked ‘flukey' deer liver would be an aesthetic one. Consumption of venison from an infected deer poses no risk to humans."
I had deer liver once about 25 years ago and was hooked!! Now I've finally come to find a friend who hunts and gave me the heart & liver!! I'm just not sure about the cleaning, I know how to prepare liver, not sure about the heart, though, only used to poultry hearts...never saw one this big!!
The fried liver recipe with gravy and onions sounds awesome. Will definitely try it this year.
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