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#6140270 - 01/17/16 05:00 PM self processing refresher please
lubbockdave Offline
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OK, got three skinned and quartered-got them sitting on a grate in the ice chest to try and keep them from soaking in water too much. Also have the meat spread out so it's not stacked one a top the other. got the plugs pulled and ice chests tilted to let water drain. Other than that what else do I need to do? I have 5-10 days to get the meat wrapped and froze, correct?

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#6140280 - 01/17/16 05:11 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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http://www.foodsaver.com/on/demandware.s...=FSFSSL2244-P00

thinking real hard on this to help with packing/storage. Thoughts?

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#6140287 - 01/17/16 05:17 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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That FoodSaver will do just fine.
You have two weeks comfortably to get it all done.
I have dry aged deer for three weeks several times. And wet aging two weeks, but I bet you can go longer.
I like to put mine in Ziplocks when wet aging to keep the meat from getting wet. Some guys like to let the meat set in the icy water to drain blood out.
Do you plan on grinding any?
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#6140301 - 01/17/16 05:26 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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don't have a grinder...not sure I want to deal with the mess?

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#6140683 - 01/17/16 09:13 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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You'll want a grinder unless you want to throw away a lot of meat or feed it to the dogs. I save some scraps and the bones for the dogs. Nothing is thrown away.

I save the necks, whole, for roasts. Save backstrap and tenderloin, whole. Separate the muscles in the hindquarters and cut steaks from the bigger pieces. The rest is either ground or just chunks of meat for stew, fajita, jerky, etc.
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#6142379 - 01/18/16 09:12 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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Are to trying to age the meat? I let my deer meat soak in ice water. The key is to have enough ice to keep the water cold. This method was recommended to me by a professional meat cutter.

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#6142436 - 01/18/16 09:39 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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If you can't hang your meat in a locker to "dry" age, a garage fridge is a pretty good option. I would never let my deer meat touch water (to each their own). I age mature bucks for about 14 days and younger deer 7 to 10 days. I cut the deer in quarters (2 front and 2 rear legs cut a the knee/elbow joint) anything below the elbow/knee gets cut into chunks for dog meat. I also cut all the meat between the ribs and small neck meat for dog food. I will take that and all my scraps and put into my Can Cooker with 2 cups of water and cook for 30 minutes. After it cools, I put it into zip lock bags and feed it to my dogs for their evening meal (us ally get about 10 good meals out of a doe and 20 meals from a mature buck). So, in my garage fridge is 4 quarters, 2 back straps and 2 tender loins.

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#6142458 - 01/18/16 09:53 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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Academy here localy had some great deals on grinders. They had their game winner one on sale for like 39 bucks, regular priced at 99 I think it was. As for a vacuum sealer don't let that stand in your way from processing those deer. I've done hundreds of pounds of meat and used nothing but a product called glad "press n seal" and regular white butcher paper. Works absolutely fine and some of the meat I wrapped up that way the family was still eating from it 2 years later! Don't sweat having the latest and greatest equipment just get started on processing those quarters. Keep us updated on your progress as well. Next to harvesting wild game , processing it yourself gives a great amount of personal satisifaction.
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#6142472 - 01/18/16 10:01 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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If you are a self processor you need a grinder! No more of a mess than processing yourself...what do you do with all the trim off without a grinder?

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#6142476 - 01/18/16 10:05 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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I like to separate the hind quarters into their major muscles, and cut the straps in half and then vacuum pack and freeze them individually.
This way I can do what I want with the thawed meat later. It can stay whole for a roast, slice into steaks, strips for jerky, chunk up for stew, or grind into burger for cooking or sausage.
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#6145402 - 01/20/16 04:34 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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Originally Posted By: lubbockdave
OK, got three skinned and quartered-got them sitting on a grate in the ice chest to try and keep them from soaking in water too much. Also have the meat spread out so it's not stacked one a top the other. got the plugs pulled and ice chests tilted to let water drain. Other than that what else do I need to do? I have 5-10 days to get the meat wrapped and froze, correct?


YES - just make sure it stays covered with ice - I've gone as long as 14 days, but not on purpose.
De-bone the meat, wrap, and freeze. I save trimmings and grind later. whole muscle (mentioned earlier) makes for the best meat that keeps the longest. I double-bag in quality freezer bags (cheaper, faster, and never 'burns').

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#6145541 - 01/20/16 06:01 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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Make sure you remove as much of the silver skin as possible or all of it. Also remove the waxy fat (fat that feels like wax). You don't want to eat either.

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#6147432 - 01/21/16 05:54 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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OK, brown spots where ice was touching the meat-trim off right?

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#6147459 - 01/21/16 06:05 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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Grinders are cheap and easy, don't worry about the mess. We use the crap out of them...

The old Oster Kitchen Centers work well, double as a food processor/blender/margarita machine, and cost less.

Buy the biggest, baddest foodsaver you can afford, it will pay for itself in game, and in buying in bulk from Sam's or Costco or local butchers
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#6147581 - 01/21/16 06:57 PM Re: self processing refresher please [Re: lubbockdave]
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Originally Posted By: lubbockdave
OK, brown spots where ice was touching the meat-trim off right?


No. There's nothing wrong with it. Just trim off anything that's white, bloodshot, or too dirty to get clean. The brown spots look unappealing, but they're fine.
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