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    Does anyone save the heart and liver of a deer?

  • #2
    I don't particularly care for them much, but my father in law loves them. An old boss of mine was born and raised in Germany and she coveted the liver and heart. I remember the one year I brought her 3 of each and she was in heaven.

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    • #3
      I don't particularly care for them much, but my father in law loves them. An old boss of mine was born and raised in Germany and she coveted the liver and heart. I remember the one year I brought her 3 of each and she was in heaven.

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      • #4
        Unless they're shocked and bloodshot. Waste not want not.

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        • #5
          i love the heart and my brother and gramps are liver people. so i save both. I usually cook the heart up that night with onions and peppers served with pasta.

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          • #6
            We eat both. Usually the liver is cooked up the night we butcher the deer and served to the people doing the cutting and wrapping.

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            • #7
              Never been a liver/heart fan.
              I'll keep the occasional liver for catfish bait, but that's about it.
              With the drouth we've been having, I found two year old catfish last week that haven't learned to swim yet!
              There are more bird nests in the creeks than fish!

              Nope...and I've eaten alot of fresh venison liver fried.

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              • #8
                Liver and onions was always a tradition for supper the evening of opening day in my Fathers deer camp. Four or five men standing around the camp fire laughing, telling stories, and sipping bourbon and branch. Pack horses stomping in the background, the Milky Way crashing down from crystal clear sky's above. The best of times for a twelve year old....but I never liked the liver.

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                • #9
                  I've been told to avoid the liver of older deer because the liver functions to remove impurities from the blood, like the oil filter on a car.
                  But I love calf's liver and bacon.

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                  • #10
                    I'm real partial to the liver of young deer. Pan fry, then simmer with gravy and onions, serve with mashed potatoes and cathead biscuits---make a train jump the rails.

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                    • #11
                      I will give the liver away to whomever wants it, and used to save it when I had a cat, though the last deer I shot was pretty young, so I did eat some.Years ago, old neighborhood Germans said that venison liver makes great liver dumpling soup, which is very good. The heart is just awesome. I'll gladly take every one I can get too. A good next day breakfast (a fav with our kids) is venison heart and the tenderloins lightly fried in butter with just salt and pepper. The heart is just a fist+ sized muscle. I cut away all the fat, arteries and valve and just slice it in round ,thin pieces. Another reason I love the double lung shot.

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                      • #12
                        I have not been saving the liver. We do however save the heart and grind it up in the burger it generally gives another lb. Like someone said waste not want not

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                        • #13
                          I don't care for liver, but it makes for fantastic catfish bait.

                          The heart and the tongue are both favorites of mine, best simmered low and slow. Delicious stuff.

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                          • #14
                            I like to save the heart. Last 3 opportunities I had at keeping one there wasn't much left to my disappointment. slice them into steaks and slow cook em.

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                            • #15
                              On a archery black bear hunt in Greenville, Maine my friend shot a bear.
                              The guide sliced up that fresh bear heart that same day then he put it on a large cast iron frying pan with olive oil.
                              He added sliced green peppers and onions.
                              When it was finished cooking he put it on a fresh round rolls.
                              It was fantastic!

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