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  • Big slab of frozen liver - what to do with?

    I have a more than 1lb package of grassfed beef liver in the freezer. I don't think I can eat that much liver in a week! I read that you're not supposed to refreeze raw food after is it ok to cook it all and then freeze some of it?

    And how do you cut up/cook liver properly? My aunt was the only person I knew who made liver, but I think she always overcooked it 'cause it was a bit dry and yuck-textured.

  • #2
    I've thawed and refrozen stuff no problems. I think the issue is if it sits around at warmer temperatures, nasties get a chance to grow that might not if it were cooked right away. Liver thaws fast, so I'd just keep an eye on it, and refreeze what you don't want to use.
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    • #3
      Yes, you can cook it and refreeze it once cooked.

      The secret to tender liver is not overcooking it. I have always cooked my liver by dredging and pan-frying. Because I'm doing a Whole 30, I experimented with almond meal, S&P for dredging this past week. It worked OK, although it tended to crisp up and fall off the liver. However you dredge it, have your frying pan hot with fat in it (I used bacon fat). Not a huge amount, a couple of tablespoons at most. Drop in the liver - it should sizzle immediately. Cook without disturbing for only a minute or two, depending on the thickness of your liver slices., flip over for only another minute or two, then put on your plate and eat. Can be a wee bit pink in the middle - extra tender that way. The rest of your dinner should be pretty much ready to eat before you start cooking liver.


      • #4
        Just salt it to preserve it.


        • #5
          My understanding is that you need to let something coated in almond meal rest for ten minutes before frying.
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          • #6
            I live alone, so I often cook my 'slab' of liver and re-freeze in portions for later meals. I prefer bison liver because it has a milder taste than grass-fed beef liver, but either works. Here's how I make it:

            First, if it's in 'slab' form (mine is), slice it into serving size pieces (this is easiest to do when it's still slightly frozen).

            If you eat onions, slice a couple of onions an saute in the fat of your choice (I always use EVOO).

            Then saute your liver slices, being sure NOT to overcook. As the liver is cooking, pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar into the pan--yes, vinegar. I tend to use ACV but wine vinegar works just as well. The liver slices should take no more than a couple of minutes.

            Then I refreeze whatever I'm not going to eat that day.


            • #7
              Vinegar? Interesting....Doesn't it make the liver sour?

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              • #8
                ....if vinegar makes the liver not taste of liver, then I'm up for trying this!


                • #9
                  We cube some and put it in beef stew. We grate some up and mix it in with tacos and meat loaf. My kids love it dreged in coconut flour and cooked in coconut oil.


                  • #10
                    I was talking to a guy who runs a great restaurant about meat and he says to use vinegar with liver also. I don't know how it changes the taste..maybe less metallic?


                    • #11
                      I forgot to try this - anyone else experiment?


                      • #12
                        I've been refreezing for decades. The advice I heard way back is if there are still ice crystals in the food it is no problem to refreeze. But a mention you can also lightly cook then freeze.
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