And while I'm on the subject of health, I need to note that contrary to popular belief, the liver does NOT store toxins. It filters them and sends them on their way. Technically, there can be toxins anywhere in the body (humans and animals). One common place for them to be stored is in the fat, which is why you need to be sure to source clean, pastured fat.
Although liver can successfully be hidden in some recipes, it also needs to occasionally be eaten raw for maximum nutrient density. The easiest way to do this is to take liver capsules. There is only one brand of liver capsules that I consider "okay." They are made from the liver of grass-fed cows and do not contain any fillers. They are also very expensive!
Having recently acquired a dehydrator, I decided I could do it myself. Then I could allow myself to stop swallowing raw liver pieces every morning! I am lucky to have access to pastured chicken liver and grass-fed cow liver for a very reasonable price. If you can get pastured or grass-fed chicken, beef, sheep, or pork liver, you can make your own capsules fairly cheaply, and reap the health benefits of this important food without the ick factor. I've documented the process here.
A note on the capsules: The empty capsules and encapsulation machine can be bought from Mountain Rose Herbs. I highly recommend purchasing these; it will make your life infinitely easier! I ended up with 843 capsules, can you imagine if I had filled all those by hand? I'd still be working on it! The encapsulation machine is only $13.50 and can be used again and again. It's totally worth it - just buy it!
To get started with this project, defrost your liver(s). I used a combination of beef and chicken liver.
Put the liver in a food processor or blender, and blend it until it is all pureed.
Cut out unbleached parchment paper to fit your dehydrator trays. Pour the liver on the trays in even layers.
Dehydrate at 105° F/41° C for 24 hours. Keeping the liver at a low temperature allows it to remain in its raw state so that all nutrients are intact. After 12 hours, I peeled the liver off the paper and flipped it over. It may not be necessary, but I feel like it helped it to dry evenly.
When the liver is completely dry, it should break apart fairly easily.
Put the liver back in the food processor or blender and pulverize it into a fine powder.
Now the liver is ready to be encapsulated.
Here is what the pills look like when they're done.
Store in a mason jar in a dry environment.
I cannot tell you how much to take, but generally you will read that 3 to 8 ounces per week is okay. I choose to consume ½ ounce per day. To determine how many capsules you need, follow my example:
Pounds of liver x 16 (ounces per pound) = total ounces
I had 3.28 pounds of liver x 16 = 52.48 ounces
Total ounces ÷ ounce desired = number of days capsules will last
52.48 ÷ 0.5 = 104.96
Number of capsules ÷ number of days capsules will last = number of pills per day
843 ÷ 104.96 = 8.03
I have 843 capsules. I take ½ ounce per day which is 8 pills a day. I will have enough capsules to last me 104 days.
While 8 pills a day sounds like a lot, I bought the smaller capsules. They go down quickly and easily, and the best part is - no taste!
Are you ready to make your own liver capsules?
Printable: DIY Liver Capsules