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What to do with chicken hearts and livers

 
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I am butchering 100 chickens right away and will be keeping the hearts and livers. What do I do with this many. Should I just package them in small quantities? Or is there a type of sausage that could be made? Any experience or ideas out there?
 
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I make a liver pate using the hearts and livers, onion, mushrooms, an egg, garlic, and wine vinegar. I like to use 2-3 livers at a time. I can make more and freeze it, but it looses some texture. Sometimes I make more at once and give it to a friend who likes it. Generally though, the small quantity is enough for lunches or snacks for 2-3 days and that works for me.
So in other words, I'd package it in small groups. I'm not sure I could use 100 on my own, and unfortunately, my family rarely eats it.
 
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I package about 4 birds worth together depending on size. I usually use them in a Cajun dirty rice.  About the only way I kind of like liver. Sauté some sausage to render fat. Helps hide some livery taste😀 add minced liver and hearts. Add chopped celery, onion, pepper. After veg soften add cooked rice. Salt and pepper to taste.
 
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I would turn most of the liver into pate and freeze that in small portions, it freezes well. The hearts, no idea I've never actually eaten them, but you could loose freeze them on a baking sheet and then tip into one large bag once frozen so you can take out however many you need at a time.
 
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Skandi, that is a great idea! That could be done for livers and gizzards too. I do that for berries and veg but it never even occurred to me for the chicken organs.

Thank you!
 
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I love pate and dirty rice, use them in dressing/stuffing etc.  But, depending on where you live, you may be able to sell them as catfish bait.  Otherwise, Rumaki! https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/24668/rumaki/
 
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For many years I bought chicken hearts because they were cheap.  

I cooked the hearts, chopped them in a blender, and the hearts became dog food for my two dogs.

Like the others have said, use them to make dirty rice.

I also like making Giblet Gravy.

Marc, what did you do with the gizzards?

If I remember correctly, there was a restaurant that was popular because the restaurant had fried gizzard on the menu.

 
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Thanks for the ideas, I will have to try the dirty rice. As to the gizzards I'm not a fan of them or cleaning them so I have always left them. I should clean some up again to try though.
 
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Marc Dube wrote:Thanks for the ideas, I will have to try the dirty rice. As to the gizzards I'm not a fan of them or cleaning them so I have always left them. I should clean some up again to try though.



What about keeping to feed back to the chickens or other animals?  

Not sure if it'd even be worth it, but just a thought
 
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Anne Miller wrote:

...became dog food for my two dogs.
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That's what I would do with all the hearts and livers.
 
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I bag up the hearts and gizzards, turkey or chicken and use them in a rice dish I make in the instant pot.

I put a few cups brown rice, salt, pepper, bay leaf and appropriate water. Then I put the frozen 1-1.5 pounds of hearts/gizzards on top. Lightly salt and pepper them.Then add about 4 cups chopped greens on top. I set it for 22 minutes and let cool down at least 10 minutes before releasing pressure. Then mix all together, preferably with a fork to keep rice from getting too gummy.

Pressure cooking them makes them very tender and I’ve never liked gizzards any other way. It’s a favorite meal for my family and worth the work of cleaning the gizzards.

I’m not the biggest fan of liver though and dirty rice sounds like a great way to use them. I remember my mom always cooked all the giblets and then chopped them up and cooked them in the gravy at thanksgiving.

FYI chickens and dogs LOVE leftover liver. (that I should have finished but yuck)
 
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Rob Kaiser wrote: What about keeping to feed back to the chickens or other animals?  

It's generally not recommended to feed animal bits back to the same animal (hence the general human prohibition of eating dead humans except under extreme duress), so yes, using chicken livers to feed fish or dogs is totally a good idea if you have more than you can find humans willing to eat.
 
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What about keeping to feed back to the chickens or other animals?  


That is actually what I am doing with the rest of the offal and carcasses is feeding it to my two pigs. I will be freezing everything in small garbage bags and feeding about a bag a week to the pigs is the plan. But plans do change.
 
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We raw feed our dog.  He gets most of the edible organs (including lungs, spleen, gonads, etc).
 
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I can't believe folks are tossing the gizzards and hearts to the dogs. They're delicious!

When I bake a chicken I always add veggies (potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, celery) and giblets to the bottom of the pan. I add enough chicken broth to cover them and bake everything together. The veggies end up tender and flavorful. The gizzards...well, we kinda like the chewiness? They are good, though! And the hearts are definitely the favorite, we never have any of those left over.
 
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Roll them in some seasoned flour & fry them. That's good eats. Or make giblet gravy.
 
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Hi,  Why not have a dinner for some friends? Dinner and good conversation always makes happy smiles and good will among people.
 
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