Is pastured beef/calves liver important?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I was just just chopping up my 1st calves liver into 'pills' to freeze for a couple weeks & i got the urge to have a taste to see what the fuss is all about, i ate a couple small bits & it was totally flavourless which was a suprise after the horror stories i've read, i could've scoffed the whole thing but thought better after the freezing recommendations and it being on the last day of 'use by date'

One concern i have is on the packet it says they are 'raised indoors with natural daylight & area to roam around' so i doubt they are grassfed, but is this important when it comes to liver?

Ethically i would prefer the cute wittle calves were allowed to graze around pastures for their short time on this planet, but it is convenient to pickup liver at the supermarket alongside the usual grassfed steaks etc...

Usually i would right out assume grassfed is better, but a common defense of the 'liver is full of toxins' arguement is that the liver does not store the toxins, so what's the difference between pastured & non-pastured liver?

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on April 29, 2013
at 08:17 PM

Calf liver may be from veal, which wouldn't have yet had access to pasture/grass. As such, it's probably quite a bit lower in mineral content than beef liver from more mature animals.

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