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Chicken and beef liver pate

Nourishing Traditions talks about eating liver because it is a source of vitamins.  I also like the idea of using all the animal, so I've been saving and freezing liver from the chickens as we kill them, and I also froze the liver from the steer we had killed.  Only problem was that I don't like the taste.... at all.  I've tried putting the minced liver into spaghetti bolognaise and putting chunks of liver into beef casserole.  Pete doesn't mind it, but I hate it!

As a last resort I decided to try making pate after reading about it in Frugavore.  I used the recipes in this link.  I love eating bought pate, but I stopped buying because it often contains colours, msg and vegetable oils.  My pate contains liver, garlic, shallots, fresh herbs and wine or sherry, oh and lots of butter.  And I suppose you can make anything taste nice if you mix it with butter, wine and herbs!  The pate that I made tastes just like the bought stuff, YUM!!!

I made heaps, and strangely, Pete doesn't like liver in this form, so its lucky that I can freeze it in small portions and eat it gradually.

chicken liver pate on the left and beef liver pate on the right
How do you like your liver?





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Comments

  1. I didn't realise you could make pate with beef liver. Pate is the only way I'll eat liver and I love it! I need to make some now...

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  2. I still don't think I can come at pate . You are far braver than me , Liz!
    Though we try and use up everything else on the animal ...it is amazing how long a beast lasts in the freezer when you are cooking every single bit!

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    1. yes, especially when you eat all the good bits first! I think the dogs will be sharing the liver, we just can't get through it all...

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  3. I'm behind in reading your blog... so now I'm reading it completely out of order. ;-)

    Hubba loves pate and both chicken and beef livers. I'm feeling very fortunate to have read this post today, since Hubba announced a few days ago that he wants to make his own.

    Thank you very much. :-)

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  4. I hope you all enjoy making and eating your own fresh pate!

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  5. Catching up on old posts. I cook beef liver and feed it to my chickens in the winter. Great source of protein when winter temps keep the bugs and worms in hiding.

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