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Feb 10, 2012 01:06 PM

Wasting the liver?

I don't eat organ meat. I am thinking about raising some pigs, but I know I won't eat the organs. I will try to find someone who wants them, but if not, they're going to get composted or recyceld in some other manner. Just not by my stomach. Why is that considered wasting?


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  1. Who considers that wasting? Although I would never compost meat. Feed it to the cat, maybe, but not compost.

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    1. re: wyogal

      Yup, the kitty gets half and Mr. Pine gets half.

    2. I never had pig liver,
      Do eat other liver,
      If your raising pigs, do you have coyote problem?
      Maybe use it as bait for the coyotes?

      1. Such a shame that the OP is going to miss out on some of the best tasting parts of the pig, but that's her/his choice. The liver is an integral part of my Christmas pork terrine and I'd also include it in a Mallorcan "frit de matances".

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        1. re: Harters

          I will gladly send it to you. I wish I liked it. I really do. I just don't like the taste.

          Merry Christmas.


          1. re: JuniorBalloon


            Just by the by, the health authorities where I am advise against composting meat as it attracts nasties such as rats. Any local cats, dogs (or owners of same) who could benefit?

            1. re: Harters

              I live way out in the woods and my compost pile is 700 feet from the house. I'll just drop it in the shredder and it will spit out pate. :) Should be composted in short order.


            2. re: JuniorBalloon

              Here's my take, FWIW.

              My theory is that many people who hate liver feel that way because their mother, or someone, didn't know how to cook it and it came out nasty. To my taste buds, liver that is overcooked is really awful, and it is very easy to overcook it, and very common.

              Liver really needs to have at least some pink left in the middle, but seldom does. Many mothers who cook liver, I think, overcook it, perhaps because they are afraid that any pink is dangerous and will make their family sick. Or because that's they only way they know how, and rightly or wrongly they want to do it that way.

              This is just my opinion and observation. I know I love liver now, but didn't earlier on, until the day I was served some that wasn't overcooked. BTW, I'm the same way about steaks. My family insisted on well-done, and I refused to eat steak until I left home and discovered how to make it properly.

              So my question to you, jb, is "how done was the liver that you were served on the day you decided you don't like the taste?"

              1. re: johnb

                But, there is no getting past the liver flavor, and the basic texture. Even when cooked differently. There are foods that I enjoy now and didn't in the past, not because it's been cooked differently, but because my tastes have changed over the years.

          2. There are probably lots of parts of the pig that you are going to discard aside from the liver that another person might eat, including the tail, ears, feet, snout, tongue, face, etc.

            Just because you choose not to eat does not necessarily make it a "waste".

            1. When I was a kid my I liked liver the way my mom cooked it. With onions and gravy.
              I was staying at my grandmothers house one summer and she asked if I liked liver.

              That night for supper she set a whole boiled pig liver on the table. Never liked liver since then.