Benefits of Eating Organ Meats
Organ meats are the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They are rich in Protein, Vitamins A,D,E, and K, B12, iron, choline, creatinine, creatine, and countless other nutrients. Humans are capable of digesting and assimilating nutrients from organ meats, unlike other alleged super foods like kale and blueberries which often times end up undigested. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
Also, this simple infographic shows how many calories of different foods you need to consume to get 25% of your daily zinc, iron, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin B12. Notice that to get 25% of those nutrients you only need to eat about 13 calories (!) of liver. Compare that to fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A which require you to consume nearly 300 calories to get the same amount you would get from 13 calories of liver!!!
The problem with organ meats is how do we actually prepare them and cook them to make them palatable?
It Is Possible To Make Organ Meats Appetizing!
Maybe your grandmother was able to sit down to a plate of liver and onions, but for the rest of us that isn’t very appetizing. The key to preparing organ meats is to mix them into other foods in a way that doesn’t reveal their taste or texture.
We eat liver, kidney, and spleen quite often but we never actually taste it!
How To Do It
First, get yourself a food processor. This is the key step. We have a simple Cuisinart food processor with a “chop” and “grind” function. Put 4-6 oz of your organ meat of choice into the processor and switch back and forth between chop and grind until you have processed the meat into a paste. This paste can be added to many different types of dishes such as meatloafs, taco meat, and burgers. Below is a burger recipe we made recently with spleen.
Beef, Bacon, and Spleen Burgers
what you need:
-2 pounds of ground beef (or game meat, sometimes we use elk and venison)
-4 pieces of bacon, sliced
Process organ meat into a paste and add into a bowl with beef and bacon. Season to taste.
Mix with your hands and form into patties
Ok, I’ll admit, if you’ve made it this far, you’re probably grossed out by the smell and process of hand mixing and pattying. Yes, this part is very gross, but it too shall pass!
Cook on a grill the same as you would any other burger! Serve with our favorite sweet potato fry recipe!