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Most people have a fear of cooking with liver from due to do much written about it that makes it seem unsavoury for human consumption. I love serving liver at home and I make sure I eat liver at least once every week. I grew up eating liver most often and it was always either barely cooked because I like the texture of raw liver or par cooked. 
I realise the idea of eating liver to most people is gross but since liver contains some really important nutrients some people tend to chop it into a pill size then freeze in order to take as a pills at home.
Some people also include liver in smoothies to make it easier to include it in thier diet so they can enjoy the health benefits of it. Liver is highly nutritious in protein, vitamins B12, folic acid, trace elements and minerals including chromium, phosphorous, copper, zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids EPA, DHA and AA.
Aah, that is a lot huh! 

Liver also contains active vitamin A which is mostly sourced from animal origin. It is not the same as beta carotene rich foods which we primarily get from plant source.
If you have concerns over studies in the past that suggested that vitamin A is dangerous, it is worth noting that those clinical testings were done using high doses of vitaman A exposure in circumstances that are not comparable to what is normal use of liver at home.
I personally certainly over eat liver. It is suggested not to feed it too often in the same week to small kids but going by my own exposure growing up one has to you use thier own discretion here.
One other thing that puts people off eating liver is often a misunderstanding on liver being full of toxic matter. The liver acts as a filter of toxins in the body. it is important to understand that it does not store any toxins itself. When the liver filters toxins they are excreted out via the intestines or kidney. Any excess toxins are stored within the fatty tissue and nervous system.
To be on the safe side when you are cooking liver for children and toddlers always make sure your liver is thoroughly cooked before using it in recipes for babies especially. If you are going to take the frozen liver route then always make sure your liver has been frozen for at least two weeks to ensure any parasite is killed off before using it.
Liver may be cooked by baking, steaming and desiccating it for including in other foods such as mashed potatoes, yam, rice dishes, puddings, baking or included in stews or by frying it simply with onions in oil. Once liver is cooked and desiccated it is easy to hide it and even encapsulate it if you want to make your own liver capsules at home.