Bits and PIeces

One of the commitments I’ve made to myself since I started eating Paleo/Primal is that I should include organ meats more often, and I’ve come from a standard “Ew” to a “At least every two weeks”. It definitely helps that I can buy pastured lamb liver for about $2.00 a pound.

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However, I actually do not know many ways to cook liver. So I decided to “combine it” this time. I cooked the liver in coconut oil, having seasoned it with salt, pepper and thyme, until it was cooked but not leathery, and then mixed it (including the grease from the pan) with greens that included kale, spinach and arugula. The result was a warm salad that could be eaten right there, or saved in the fridge for later consumption (in my case, as lunch).
I wanted to talk a bit about the trick of cooking liver (although I don’t have more pictures of liver being cooked). I’ve found that the best way to cook it is to fry it in butter or coconut oil, which had to be pre warmed to a decent temperature. I’ve never done it but apparently a good trick is to introduce a chopstick (wood) in the oil and if it bubbles, is ready. And when you are frying it, first you have to wait for a while – let’s say, three to five minutes; then flip it, wait a bit more, and THEN start moving it. Why? Well, liver is soft, so its outer portion can burn even if the inside is not cooked yet. Moving it prevents it from burning, but it allows it to finish cooking – after all, we don’t want a bloody liver. And yes, always try and split a piece just to make sure that the liver is cooked through. I usually like to keep it cooking for 30 seconds after seeing it cooked just to ensure everything is cooked (and not just that one bit).

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A different kind of liver

My roommate, Nick, has been working in a farm for a couple months now. One afternoon he called me and since I still have problems understanding English over the phone I only got that I’d be getting some free organ meats from a grass-fed cow. YES!

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I considered first doing just liver and onions but I realized I didn’t have enough onions, so I moved onto the next easiest thing you can do with liver: liver with bay and onions. The idea is to fry some onions, then fry the liver, then add some wine and let the liver stew in it. Ah, and some bay leaves, obviously.

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I have to admit that since the liver was presliced I found it easier to cook, since it was stewed more uniform. If you don’t have wine (like I did that night) you can always use broth as a substitute. Surprisingly enough, this is a dish that requires very little salt when using broth since that has a fair amount of it – but if you are using wine you may need to add a bit more just to bring out the flavors.

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Also, I found the taste to be milder than my usual lamb liver. I have to admit I like lamb liver more, but this was definitely tasty. Now, if I can convince my roommate to give me more free meat…