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Old 11-01-2021, 07:52 PM   #1
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If I kill a deer this year, I am going to cook and eat the liver and heart.

Is there any reason I should not do it?

For those of you have eaten deer liver and heart, did you like the taste and texture?

How did you prepare and cook it? Thinly sliced? Fry it in olive oil?
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Old 11-01-2021, 07:56 PM   #2
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The reason I don’t eat em is the same reason I don’t eat organ meat from other mammals, it ain’t no good. I don’t care what all the hipster meateaters say.
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Old 11-01-2021, 07:58 PM   #3
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I clean the heart up real good then dip in flour and fry.
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:00 PM   #4
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I ate heart this past season. I'd eat it again. Liver doesn't matter because I don't like any liver.
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:02 PM   #5
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Both were delicacies for my grandad and grandmother c
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:03 PM   #6
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Chicken fried heart isn’t bad. Never tried liver. Can’t get over the texture
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:06 PM   #7
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Chicken fried heart and liver are the BOMBS!
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:06 PM   #8
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My grandma used to cook and eat lites and cow brains. Eggs and brains for breakfast was her favorite.
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:13 PM   #9
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Ate a few Sitka Blacktail hearts when I lived in Alaska. I think I'll keep the heart of the next deer I kill and eat it.

Salt, Butter and mushrooms.
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:22 PM   #10
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Make sure the liver looks healthy ie purple no spots
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Old 11-01-2021, 08:27 PM   #11
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Don’t like liver but heart is good. I take the heart fresh, season with fajita season with some lime and make tacos.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:06 PM   #12
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I’ll eat calf liver and buffalo liver but deer liver is too strong for me. Now the heart, that’s great. I like it fried up with potatoes, onions and garlic. It’s also good cubed up and added to chili.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:09 PM   #13
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Deer heart is my favorite part of a deer! Sautť in butter and onions…….mmmmmm..mmmm…goood!

While I absolutely love liver, I haven’t got adventurous enough with deer liver yet.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:21 PM   #14
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I like the heart, but like others I'm no fan of the liver.

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Old 11-01-2021, 09:23 PM   #15
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Heart can taste like steak if you don't overcook it....

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Old 11-01-2021, 09:32 PM   #16
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Never waste a heart here. Victory heart is the appetizer for the night meal. Slice thin, remove the valve, and dip in flour and fry in some butter. Grill to medium rare is also excellent.

Deer liver is not so good. I make and will eat the snot out of liverwurst and any kind of liver sausage, but has to be pork. Made it once with deer. Yeah, not so much. Pork liver is more mild and a lighter color. Deer liver is darker than beef liver. Not good IMO
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:41 PM   #17
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Never had the liver and never will. Heart is pretty good! I've mostly had it sliced up and chicken fried. Also had it another way that was some work but was really great! They cleaned the heart where it kind of rolled out, almost like a thin piece of steak. Browned it then placed bacon onions and seasonings on it and rolled and tied it up. Baked it till it was very tender and made gravy with the drippings!
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:42 PM   #18
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Donít like liver but heart is good. I take the heart fresh, season with fajita season with some lime and make tacos.
Same here. I cut it open, sorta unroll it and trim all the little veins and stuff that doesn't look good. Score it with a sharp knife both ways, drop in a gallon bag with fajita marinade. Grill it med rare, slice it thin and make tacos. It's good. The texture is a little dense but it tastes good.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:46 PM   #19
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The reason I donít eat em is the same reason I donít eat organ meat from other mammals, it ainít no good. I donít care what all the hipster meateaters say.
Totally agree, we didnít have a choice growing up. If my mom cooked it my dad made us it. Now I have a choice, and I choose to feed the coyotes and bears and birds, the organs.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:48 PM   #20
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My grandma used to cook and eat lites and cow brains. Eggs and brains for breakfast was her favorite.
Yes my dad made scrambled eggs and elk and deer brains many times. Deer, elk and cow , Tongue is another thing we had to eat quite a bit. I preferred the brain and eggs far better then the others, including heart, liver and kidneys.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:53 PM   #21
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I’ve eaten hearts from several, it is good. I haven’t been able to just fry and eat a whole deer liver, so I froze mine from this season and plan to make boudin with it.
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:54 PM   #22
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Nuts and guts go to the buzzards and yotes! I have tried heart once (at least it is a muscle and not guts). It was edible, but far from good. Idk why anyone would want to eat that when there is so much good stuff to eat on a deer!!!

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Old 11-01-2021, 10:04 PM   #23
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Nuts and guts go to the buzzards and yotes! I have tried heart once (at least it is a muscle and not guts). It was edible, but far from good. Idk why anyone would want to eat that when there is so much good stuff to eat on a deer!!!

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I'm with you.....if you're going to eat those, might as well it it's junk and nuts....maybe fillet it's arsehole too. Hail...you can eat a flipflop if you chicken-fry it

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Old 11-01-2021, 10:07 PM   #24
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Eric, my mom chicken fried it and it was good. Very good meat. Now liver, I’d puked even trying to take a bite. No way.
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Old 11-02-2021, 01:19 AM   #25
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I really liked the heart.. sliced about 1/2" thick and lightly seared it in a pan with olive oil.. very very tender! I also liked kidney, cleaned out up and sliced it in half and also seared it on the pan until cooked through. Pretty good.
Liver- I tried it and didn't like it. I'm willing to try again but dang I wasn't into it at all

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Old 11-02-2021, 02:06 AM   #26
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Liver is gonna be better off a young deer. Heart is good no matter what.
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Old 11-02-2021, 07:34 AM   #27
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Not sure if they have em, but I worry about heart worms.
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Old 11-02-2021, 07:44 AM   #28
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Not sure if they have em, but I worry about heart worms.
Heart worms would be obvious. I eat both all the time. Heart is not really organ meat. It's muscle same as the hams are muscle
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Old 11-02-2021, 08:00 AM   #29
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Take your liver to Luby's and let them cook it for you. They always had the best liver and onions.
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Old 11-02-2021, 08:02 AM   #30
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In our younger days we were known to put a stick thru fresh liver and cook it over a campfire. Yummy! I never leave a heart in the woods. Slice it up and fry in butter.
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Old 11-02-2021, 08:22 AM   #31
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Deer heart is great in a cast iron skillet with butter and onions
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Old 11-02-2021, 08:46 AM   #32
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Donít like liver but heart is good. I take the heart fresh, season with fajita season with some lime and make tacos.

This right here for me. Throw liver in the bushes. Clean heart up, remove all white parts, dice up and make tacos.


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Old 11-02-2021, 08:49 AM   #33
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I'll eat the heart but the liver is made into dog food
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Old 11-02-2021, 08:55 AM   #34
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heart and liver are good they just aren't good for you
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Old 11-02-2021, 08:58 AM   #35
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I like cooking liver (skinned) in bacon grease and onions. Add flour to make a gravy. It's great. The fresher, the better.

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heart and liver are good they just aren't good for you
Liver is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet which is why wolves and other carnivores notoriously eat organs first. And heart? Not entirely sure but seems to be super lean meat. Cant see how it would be "bad" for you.
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Old 11-02-2021, 09:16 AM   #36
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Look up "Stuffed Deer Heart" or Seared Heart with Whiskey Butter from Meateater. Also for liver look at Meateater's site. I highly recommend soaking in milk for 4-24 hours prior to cooking. You will wonder why you ever threw that away.

ps - I use that Whiskey Butter to quick cook lots of different thinly sliced meats.
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Old 11-02-2021, 09:19 AM   #37
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heart and liver are good they just aren't good for you
How is it not good for you?

OP, I eat both and like both. Iím not a chicken fry fan of either, but itíll work. Some people the texture throws them off and they done like it. I would suggest no matter how you cook either, cut into small thin pieces. Cutting small will help get around the texture if you think it will bother you.

My favorite way for either is to throw a chunk of bear fat on a skillet and pan fry either in that rendered bear fat. From there put on a plate with veggies, put in a taco, or pass around for an appetizer.
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Liver is a filter, think about it…
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Old 11-02-2021, 09:35 AM   #39
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Heart is great but the liver goes into the gut pile. I cooked some up in the cast iron skillet a few weeks back and that chit ain't gonna happen again. lol

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Old 11-02-2021, 10:01 AM   #40
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How is it not good for you?

OP, I eat both and like both. Iím not a chicken fry fan of either, but itíll work. Some people the texture throws them off and they done like it. I would suggest no matter how you cook either, cut into small thin pieces. Cutting small will help get around the texture if you think it will bother you.

My favorite way for either is to throw a chunk of bear fat on a skillet and pan fry either in that rendered bear fat. From there put on a plate with veggies, put in a taco, or pass around for an appetizer.

Organ meats are very high in cholesterol.
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Old 11-02-2021, 10:23 AM   #41
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If I kill a deer this year, I am going to cook and eat the liver and heart.

Is there any reason I should not do it?

For those of you have eaten deer liver and heart, did you like the taste and texture?

How did you prepare and cook it? Thinly sliced? Fry it in olive oil?
Pretty good reason is it tastes like crap. My buddies like to fry up deer heart, I don't care for it. I can eat it but why, its honestly not good. I don't do liver of any sorts or any other organ meat for that matter.
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Old 11-02-2021, 10:25 AM   #42
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I love deer liver and onions. First thing I eat when I kill a deer.

I've eaten heart before but always seems rubbery to me. Usually put the heart into the ground meat stuff.
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heart and liver are good they just aren't good for you
That is false
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Old 11-02-2021, 10:52 AM   #44
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Organ meats are very high in cholesterol.
Silly.... So are eggs and cheese. Liver, though, has WAY more nutritional value than either but I'd bet you consume them daily without a thought. The numbers below are from less than 1/4 pound serving.

"Liver is a nutritional powerhouse.

Itís also rich in cholesterol, regardless of the animal source.

For instance, a 100-gram (3.5-ounce) serving of beef liver contains 389 mg of cholesterol.

This serving also provides 27 grams of protein and is rich in many vitamins and minerals. In fact, it contains more than 600% of the DV for vitamin A and over 1,000% of the DV for vitamin B12

Furthermore, it provides 28% of the DV for iron. Plus, this is the heme form of iron that is most easily absorbed

In addition, 3.5 ounces of beef liver contain 339 mg of choline, an important nutrient that helps protect the health of your brain, heart, liver, and muscles "


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Old 11-02-2021, 10:57 AM   #45
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If I kill a deer this year, I am going to cook and eat the liver and heart.

Is there any reason I should not do it?

For those of you have eaten deer liver and heart, did you like the taste and texture?

How did you prepare and cook it? Thinly sliced? Fry it in olive oil?
YES, it's internal organs are extemely high in cholesterol.
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Old 11-02-2021, 11:01 AM   #46
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Deer heart is AMAZING!!!

I use the Steve Rinella recipe- whiskey reduction...it's amazing!
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Old 11-02-2021, 11:41 AM   #47
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YES, it's internal organs are extemely high in cholesterol.
https://dailyhealthpost.com/the-many...g-organ-meats/
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YES, it's internal organs are extemely high in cholesterol.
https://dailyhealthpost.com/the-many...g-organ-meats/


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Old 11-02-2021, 11:54 AM   #49
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Deer liver is a great treat for the dogs. I never toss it out.
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