Pickled Beef Heart



Pickled Beef Heart is very good and high in protein. The heart is nothing more than a muscle. I know this probably will gross some people out, but I was brought up to try all kinds of food and I love heart. Although I am pickling it, unpickled heart can also be added to many other dishes.

Compared to chicken white meat, beef heart is about equal in calories and protein. Three ounces of beef heart is only 140 calories with 24 grams of protein. So before you turn your nose up, give it a try!


Rinse the heart in cold

water removing any blood.



In a large pot place one Tbsp of salt,

the heart (cut into two pieces) and

water to cover. Bring to a boil and

simmer for about two hours with a lid.



Wash a quart jar and lid with

hot soapy water and rinse.



Boil the jar and lid for

10 minutes to sterilize.



In a medium pot heat vinegar and

water just until it starts to boil.


Once the heart is tender, remove it to a cutting board.

Using a sharp knife, peel the skin and remove all

fat and arteries. Slice it 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick.



Remove the jar from the water.

Put 1 tsp of salt on the bottom.

Layer pieces of the heart, onion,

sprinkle of garlic, sprinkle of pickling

spices and packing them tight.

Repeat (no more salt) until all

of the heart is used up.



Pour the hot vinegar mixture into

the jar, put the lid on and tighten.



Store the jar in the refrigerator

for a week then enjoy!


Pickled Beef Heart

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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  • 1 beef heart, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp salt (for the water)
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp (approximately) dehydrated garlic but you can use fresh
  • 1 large onion, sliced and cut into quarters
  • 1 Tbsp (approximately) pickling spices, cloves removed
  • 1 tsp salt (for the jar)


  1. Rinse the two pieces of heart with cold water until all of the blood is removed.
  2. In a medium pot with a lid place 1 Tbl of salt, the heart and water to cover the heart by about 3”.
  3. Bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat to a simmer and simmer for about two hours or until tender. To tell if it is tender, pierce the skin part with a fork. The fork should easily push through the skin into the heart.
  4. Wash and rinse a quart glass jar and lid. Put the jar into a deep pot and cover with water 2” above the jar. Bring water to a boil. Boil the jar, lid and ring for 10 minutes. I am not canning the heart, just sterilizing the jar.
  5. Just before the heart is finished cooking, in a medium pot mix the vinegar and water. Bring it almost to a boil. Watch carefully and once it starts to roll but not boil, remove from the heat.
  6. Once the heart is cooked remove it to a cutting board. While still hot, cut away the fat, arteries and outer skin of the heart. Slice the meat into 1/4” – 1/2” pieces.
  7. Into the hot quart jar place one tsp salt, a layer of sliced heart, a layer of sliced onions, a sprinkle of garlic and a sprinkle of pickling spices. Continue layering (no more salt) while packing tight.
  8. Fill the jar with the hot vinegar mixture and seal with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for a week then eat.







Categories: Pickled, Roast Beef


    • I think you have to train your mind not to think about what it is. Just focus an the flavor. I’m sure there are things I won’t try but this is just beef. I love chicken hearts too. I buy them by the bag full, boil them and chow down. Heart has a really good taste to me. But I totally understand how you feel. It’s not for everyone!

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      • Well I do eat chicken hearts and love the innards – 🙂
        So perhaps I would like this and I read your comment to rebel girl snd think it would be tasty…
        Anyhow – your post reminded me of an Amy Tan story called Fish Cheeks – it is a cute little story about her eating the meat from the cheeks of fish and how that ancient Asian custom embarrassed her with her American dinner guests

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      • If you like chicken hearts you will definitely like beef heart. You don’t have to pickle it, it is good right after cooking it or even in a dish that calls for beef. However the pickled beef heart is very good!

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      • Oh thanks – and later I will come back with two photos now – one to link to dan’s apple tree and the other – a picture of some chicken hearts – because one time I bought an organic whole Chicken and it had almost a dozen hearts – I think the factory workers messed up


      • They definitely did mess up! It is very hard to find chicken heart in my area. They stopped putting them in the chickens. I drive an hour away to try to get a bag of them. One year they will have them, the next they don’t! I buy all they have when I do find them.

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      • Well my aim is to get the liver – I lovvvvvvvve it and I hate when they leave it out – and interesting how your place sometimes has it and sometimes doesn’t –
        I was at a small get together earlier this year and the lady made a huge turkey – and her gravy – omg – was a meal itself coz she put the hearts and innards in it. Three helpings of it later she told me all about her tradition of making it that way


      • Yeah – the stuffing I was familiar with – and she also left her pieces all chunky – and so it seriously was a meal – and even though everyone ate that day – I likely had most dense nutrition from all those innards and gravy fat (perhaps) and maybe the fruit of your mom’s liver serving was the potent way it fed your blood as you were growing – it might be why your brain was even able to know all this kitchen and cooking stuff – hah! Go mom


      • Well I am partial to liver – even tho I can only have “so much” which is why I lie the Chicken liver – they are small -/
        And my dog might be mad that I found your blog – he always gets the hearts but maybe not anymore


  1. I’m lucky – I love hearts, and feel sorry for all those people who turn their noses up at the thought of it. They don’t know what their missing out on. My mouth was literally watering when reading your recipe. Sheeps hearts are readily available here so I’m going to adapt your recipe to try using them. I’ll let you know how I go. Oh, and do t give up on lambs liver, it’s delicious if cooked correctly. I hated it to cooked the way my mum cooked it, but now I love it. Get a spring lambs liver. Skin it and only use thin slices of meat only. Discard all the tubes and messy stuff, which means you’ll only be using about a third of a whole lambs liver. Gently fry in melted butter, and eat when still slightly pink. ir try cooking it with mushrooms and sour cream and stirring through ribbon pasta. Stroganoff with liver slices instead of beef. I’m sure you’ll love it Diane.

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    • You are welcome! I only make this once a year when we buy a side of beef so I really enjoy it when I do eat it! It is so nice to hear a positive comment usually all I get is yuck….lol


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