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#5882572 - 08/17/15 12:47 PM New to deer processing
gasman777 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/14
Posts: 41
I plan on doing my own processing this year....smoking sausage, jerky, breakfast sausage, etc. but I have essentially no experience.

I've made breakfast sausage in the past using some venison I trimmed off before sending off to get sausage made. I found a pretty good recipe and used my kitchen aid grinder to get through it. So now that I'm upping the game I'd like to know which essential tools/appliances I'm going to need. I've made a list below please let me know if I left anything off.

Better meat grinder
Meat/sausage stuffer
good cutting table
bins
jerky gun
foodsaver
freezer paper and roller
smoke house (already built)
good deboning and cutting knives

Anything else?

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#5882574 - 08/17/15 12:48 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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vacuum sealer....
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#5882597 - 08/17/15 01:00 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
vacuum sealer....


That's what a foodsaver is.
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#5882855 - 08/17/15 03:24 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
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I'd say that list has it pretty well covered.
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#5882971 - 08/17/15 04:39 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
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Loc: Hondo, TX
not sure how your smokehouse is set up, but I suggest folks build a nice set of smoking/drying screen racks to lay the meat out on for strip jerky or shooter jerky.




Edited by driedmeat (08/17/15 04:58 PM)

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#5883070 - 08/17/15 05:31 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: driedmeat]
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: driedmeat
not sure how your smokehouse is set up, but I suggest folks build a nice set of smoking/drying screen racks to lay the meat out on for strip jerky or shooter jerky.



Man that is awesome!
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#5884057 - 08/18/15 09:41 AM Re: New to deer processing [Re: bill oxner]
Navasot Offline
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Originally Posted By: Navasot
vacuum sealer....


That's what a foodsaver is.


oh.... ok good lol
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#5884352 - 08/18/15 12:42 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
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I use a fillet knife to debone with, I find its easier to manipulate it around to bones.

If you buy a decent grinder, it will come with the sausage tube to stuff with. You don't need a separate stuffer, some guys say it's faster with a separate stuffer, and it may be, but it's not really a necessity
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#5884629 - 08/18/15 03:27 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
gasman777 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/14
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Thanks for the input. I thought of something else...would a meat tenderizer come in handy? If so, would a hand held be ok for a couple deer or would I need to get a crank version?

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#5884642 - 08/18/15 03:40 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
skinnerback Offline
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Originally Posted By: gasman777
Thanks for the input. I thought of something else...would a meat tenderizer come in handy? If so, would a hand held be ok for a couple deer or would I need to get a crank version?



Either way, up to you really on the tenderizer. Every year I keep saying I'm gonna go buy a cranker, but don't and still end up using the ol' hand held.
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#5884852 - 08/18/15 06:04 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
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We have a tenderizer attachment on our grinder. We don't use it much, but it sure is easy.
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#5884854 - 08/18/15 06:05 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: blazin]
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Originally Posted By: blazin
Originally Posted By: driedmeat
not sure how your smokehouse is set up, but I suggest folks build a nice set of smoking/drying screen racks to lay the meat out on for strip jerky or shooter jerky.



Man that is awesome!

That is cool just to look at.
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#5884862 - 08/18/15 06:11 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: Simple Searcher]
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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
Originally Posted By: blazin
Originally Posted By: driedmeat
not sure how your smokehouse is set up, but I suggest folks build a nice set of smoking/drying screen racks to lay the meat out on for strip jerky or shooter jerky.



Man that is awesome!

That is cool just to look at.


Agreed.
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#5888537 - 08/21/15 12:10 AM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
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For,small amounts I just use something called a Jaccard. Mine has over 40 blades and I hit the meat at all angles on both sides a few times. For large quantities, like 40 pounds plus, you might want to invest in a mechanical one. Either way in my experience you will get better tenderizing when your meat is 3/4 thawed and not completely thawed. I don't like to add chemical tenderizers or MSG booster to field game.. You also can trim silver skin better when meat is slightly frozen. I know guys like to completely bleed out meat to that is quartered in a cooler. I prefer a slow process using blocks of ice instead. When I get it home I remove the ice and allow the meat to dry age for a day to help natural muscle break down, about 40-45 degrees. Then gently wash and cut your portions. I like to wrap in butcher paper or wax paper, the go into a zip lock bag. Less desirable meat like rib, if some of you take the time, leg, neck etc are ground for sausage with a homespun crank grinder. I like to add a bit of domestic poor at about 20% to deer, add the seasoning and slow smoke in smokehouse for a few days, depending on load. Of course if you want pan sausage, the smoke for a few hours and freeze.
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#5909397 - 09/02/15 12:24 PM Re: New to deer processing [Re: gasman777]
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Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 2047
Loc: Denton, TX
Originally Posted By: gasman777
I plan on doing my own processing this year....smoking sausage, jerky, breakfast sausage, etc. but I have essentially no experience.

I've made breakfast sausage in the past using some venison I trimmed off before sending off to get sausage made. I found a pretty good recipe and used my kitchen aid grinder to get through it. So now that I'm upping the game I'd like to know which essential tools/appliances I'm going to need. I've made a list below please let me know if I left anything off.

Better meat grinder
Meat/sausage stuffer
good cutting table
bins
jerky gun
foodsaver
freezer paper and roller
smoke house (already built)
good deboning and cutting knives

Anything else?


Alarm for the freezer - for when temp gets too warm because:
-power out tooo long, gets unplugged, breaker/gfci trip
-freezer stops working
-kids take popsicles out and leave door open (not fully closed)
-wife digs thru freezer to pull roast out, re-arranging and causing items to 'push' door back open
.... and on and on...

After all your hard work - hate to see any go to waste/bad ..

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