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Raw Liver ‘Pills’: Recipe

Wondering what all the rave is about these little red ‘pills’? These no-fuss, flavorless, real-food multi-vitamins are easy to make and easier to take. It is very important to source pasture-raised liver for this recipe. Even better, raise the animal yourself or buy from a local farmer who freezes the liver immediately after butchering. Do NOT use conventional supermarket liver when consuming raw; it can’t be trusted nor is it worth the health risk.

Raw Liver ‘Pills’


High Quality 100% Grass-fed/Pastured Liver (partially thawed if frozen)


  1. Thaw liver if frozen, but not completely or it will be hard to cut.
  2. Rinse liver and pat it dry with a paper towel.
  3. Cut liver into pea-sized chunks– about the size of a regular pill.
  4. Place pieces, separated, on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  5. Flash-Freeze for about 15 minutes, or until solid, so they don’t clump together.
  6. Transfer frozen liver ‘pills’ into an airtight container and store in freezer.
  7. Swallow 2-4 frozen ‘pills’ a day or however many you deem fit for your body.

Tips & Tricks

  • Eliminate parasite risk by freezing the liver for 14 days before cutting into pills. If you know, and trust, your farmer you may not need to be as concerned about freezing, esp. if liver is 100% grass-fed (not grain-fed).
  • If liver is fresh, put in freezer until hardens up a bit to make the cutting process easier.
  • 2-4 liver ‘pills’ a day add up to 1/2 – 1 ounce per week, which equals 1 serving of beef liver per week (average of 2-3 oz of liver can be safely consumed per week by most source).
  • Do not make “pills” to big or you will gag them down.
  • Consume “liver pills” on a regular basis for best results.
  • Beef and bison liver delivers the most bang for your buck.

Don’t want to make liver pills? CLICK to purchase Radiant Life’s desiccated liver capsules. Made from quality livers of grass-fed cows, they contain no fillers. They are expensive, so if you prefer liver in capsule form, check this site to make your own desiccated capsules.

Pastured Liver Resources

  1. Local Harvest – enter your zipcode and find local farmers.
  2. Weston A Price Foundation – get in touch with local chapter for pasture-raised liver.
  3. US Wellness Meats – trusted company with variety of pastured liver, inc. bison liver.

What about cooked liver? Cooked liver is great, it’s just that cooking destroys the enzymes found in raw liver. You still get the nutrients although delicate B vitamins will decrease with cooking. If you can’t source high quality liver, you are best off cooking it with these recipes.

Benefits of Eating Liver

Liver: A Bitter Pill To Swallow

Beginner’s Recipe for Unsalted Cultured Vegetables


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Organic Wife (2013). DIY Liver Capsules

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5 comments to Raw Liver ‘Pills’: Recipe

  • Tricia

    Ok thank you!

  • Tara

    What about chicken liver or pork liver? Different nutrient profile but still wonderful! Just make sure they are pastured and hormone free. I am right now about to make dessicated liver capsules. Will post a recipe for that soon, Tara

  • Tricia

    Hi! I am trying to heal nutrients defencieies and want to start raw liver. I tested blood positive to being allergic to beef. Do you think I should avoid beef liver? If so is there an alternative “liver pill” I dam consume? Thanks!

  • Tara

    Yes, soaking liver in lemon juice, milk, buttermilk, sour milk, or vinegar sort of draws any impurities. It will also improve the taste of liver by tenderizing it and neutralizing its strong flavor/bitterness.

    I source pasture-raised liver for making my raw liver capsules and desiccated liver capsules so I don’t find the need to soak due to impurities. I also don’t mind the flavor of liver when I take them as pills because I don’t taste anything when I swallow them…the beauty of taking liver in capsule form!! If I make a dish out of liver I do soak in one of the acids above.

  • Hello! I found your site while researching ways to prevent HG. I am blogging my journey and have linked to your articles, which I think are going to be invaluable to me. I have a question about preparing the liver. In Nourishing Traditions it is recommended to soak the livers in lemon juice before making pâté (my only liver experience), I’m wondering if, especially since these “pills” are raw, it would be a good idea to do that as well? Thank you!

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