Liver is one of those foods that most people never really eat. And it’s true that if it isn’t prepared well, liver can have a gamey taste that many people don’t care for. But your dog, on the other hand, is liable to love this nutritious organ meat!
Sometimes you may find yourself with organ meat that came with a full chicken or turkey. Other times, you may pick it up separately at a butcher or grocery store. (You can find chicken livers, for instance, in the frozen section.) But however it is that you find yourself in possession of your liver, consider cooking it up for your dog with some veggies to make a healthy stew they’ll love!
Is Liver Good for Your Dog?
Since most of us don’t eat much liver, you may not be aware of the nutrition’s facts of this organ meat. So is it healthy for your dog?
In a word: yes!
Like all meat, liver is high in essential protein. Liver is also a tremendous source of vitamin A, which is an important nutrient for your dog’s healthy in many ways.
There’s one caveat to keep in mind, however: it is possible to overdose on too much vitamin A. Since it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, it gets stored in the fat rather than excreted in the urine. So while liver is healthy for your dog, you probably don’t want to feed them too much liver, too often. A small serving every once in a while is perfect.
Preparing Your Liver
If you’ve never cooked liver before, here are a few tips to help with your preparation. (These tips apply to cooking liver for people, too, if you ever decide to try it.)
- Rinse off any blood or other juice that came in the package.
- If cooking beef liver, cut away the skin around the edge.
- If cooking beef liver, soak it in milk or vinegar for 30-60 minutes before cooking.
- 1 lb chicken or beef liver
- 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 cups of chopped kale
- 2 sweet potatoes (or 1 large sweet potato), rinsed and diced
- 2 cups of brown rice, cooked
- 2-3 cups of water
- Follow the directions to cook your rice. (This will take the longest, so start it first.)
- Follow the liver preparation steps listed above.
- Heat some oil in a sauce pan on medium heat. When the pan is hot, lightly sear the livers. Just be careful not to overcook them.
- Pour a cup of water into the pan and bring to a boil. Then, cover and simmer until the liver is cooked through. (Around 5 minutes.)
- Peel or rinse the vegetables.
- Chop the vegetables into bite-size pieces.
- Add the chopped vegetables to the stew, along with 1-2 more cups of water, and cook until the vegetables are slightly soft. (Around 15 minutes.)
- When everything is done, stir in the cooked rice.
And that’s it! You now have a delicious and nutritious liver and vegetable stew your dog is sure to go crazy for.