September 25, 2023
Organ meats are nutrient dense, but many people don’t enjoy eating them. Beef liver itself is high in protein, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. Beef heart has CoQ10, anserine, carnosine, taurine, creatine and L-carnitine, and vitamin B12. Basically, all the nutrients your heart and organs need to function optimally. So, they’re good for you, now how do you get your family to eat them? Enter Ancient Beef. It’s a blend that contains both heart and liver but is blended with regular ground to hide the taste.
Yes, some places pre-blend this for you, but you can easily make this at home. I usually make a big batch and then mix it as desired into the ground beef for the meal.
What you need:
- 4 pounds ground beef
- 1 pound beef liver
- 1 pound beef heart
You can buy all three on our website here.
The key here is to have all meats mostly frozen. You want it thawed just enough to cut. Grind the liver and heart through a meat grinder and mix thoroughly. At this point, you can mix it with the ground beef and then refreeze.
I usually take one package of liver and one package of heart and grind them together. Then portion out in ¼- ½ pound packages and refreeze. I then thaw the organ mix with the 2 pounds of ground for the meal and cook them together mixing them then.
I’ve found the ¼ pound organ mix per 1 pound of ground is about the max to mix for picky eaters. If you have a sensitive nose, you’ll still want to turn on the range hood to help with the smell as it cooks.
The best dishes to mix ancient beef into is really saucy dishes, like chili, sloppy joes, spaghetti, etc. This tends to hide any taste that is still detectable for the really picky eaters.
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