Can I soak liver in milk overnight? And if yes, does it matter if I soak it for 2 hours or overnight, or will there be no difference?

  • In my personal humble opinion there's no discernable difference between overnight, 2h and no soak.
    – SF.
    Oct 25, 2023 at 11:27

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On one hand there is theory that keeping the liver in milk overnight (in the fridge) let it get more tender and flush bitterness even better than for two hours.
But if it was the "success rate", the overnight soak would be the advised time for soaking.

The main times for soaking I've seen are "kissed" when you cut the liver in small pieces and soak for 30 minutes. The second is whole liver for two-three hours.
When leaving in milk for overnight I usually see adnotation that it help cook it quicker as liver is "fluffier" thus helping the heat go through it.

  • Do “fluffy” things heat up more efficiently?
    – Sneftel
    Jun 5, 2021 at 13:12

I'm not ready to cook my beef liver til the next day so I am soaking mine in milk overnight covered in the fridge. Just easierm and to get it out of the package and I don't think it would hurt any being in fridge overnight.

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    But is there a difference? soaked / not soaked, 2h, overnight? I think covering these points would make a better answer than just an anecdote. Check How to Answer for more info
    – Luciano
    Oct 12, 2023 at 14:18

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