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#6233886 - 03/23/16 11:21 AM How long to ice game?
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I just shot an eland and have been icing and draining daily. How long do yall ice your game before processing?

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#6233900 - 03/23/16 11:33 AM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
Kevin Heath Offline
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I do till the melted water is clear, not pink. Don't know why, just the way I was taught.
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#6233920 - 03/23/16 11:50 AM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Usually 5 to 7 days. Depends on the size of the animal for me. This is for whitetail / axis.

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#6233950 - 03/23/16 12:11 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
rickym Offline
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A combination of the two ways mentioned above
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#6233985 - 03/23/16 12:32 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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This may sound weird but I always ice mine until I have time to process. I process myself. Typically I shoot something on a weekend and I will ice it until the next weekend. Sometimes it is less than that. So typically I go 5-7 days but Ive been known to ice for only 3.
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#6234042 - 03/23/16 01:07 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: FoxTrot]
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Originally Posted By: FoxTrot
This may sound weird but I always ice mine until I have time to process. I process myself. Typically I shoot something on a weekend and I will ice it until the next weekend. Sometimes it is less than that. So typically I go 5-7 days but Ive been known to ice for only 3.


Same. I did the two does I shot last season the next day, because that was the only chance I got. Surprisingly, I couldn't tell any difference in the meat quality. It may just be that they were young, and does.
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#6234061 - 03/23/16 01:23 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Just long enough to take to the processor. I taste no difference between icing for 1 day vs. 4 days, which is the longest I've kept one on ice.

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#6234076 - 03/23/16 01:33 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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This is my take, ive been told im wrong but I disagree. I ice it till I can get it taken care of. Sometimes that means it sees no ice and goes directly into the freezer, sometimes I refrigerate it instead of icing it. Sometimes it will sit on ice a few days to as long as 2 weeks. I have never noticed a flavor or textural difference in any of it.

The meet looks pale on the outside but if you cut it open its still red. People do it because it makes them feel good. It may work good if you have some meat from a gutshot animal because the gut etc is on the outside of the meat, but other than that I see little reason to ice meat other than to keep it from spoiling. This theory of soaking meat isn't done with commercially produced meats and I would think that most would agree that commercially produced meats are superior to game meats, at least I sure know I rank a nicely marbles ribey over any cut of deer or feral hog.


Edited by redchevy (03/23/16 01:34 PM)
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#6234164 - 03/23/16 02:58 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
brew0216 Offline
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Until I get home from the lease
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#6234174 - 03/23/16 03:08 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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However long it takes to drive from the lease to the processor.
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#6234193 - 03/23/16 03:32 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
TWarren Offline
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As some have said previously, just until I can get to it to process myself. Unlike others, I try not to let water touch the meat at all. I keep the meat elevated above the ice and periodically drain the water. I have kept meat in a cooler for a week like this and never had any issues with palatability.

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#6234383 - 03/23/16 05:59 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: TWarren]
PMK Offline
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Originally Posted By: TWarren
As some have said previously, just until I can get to it to process myself. Unlike others, I try not to let water touch the meat at all. I keep the meat elevated above the ice and periodically drain the water. I have kept meat in a cooler for a week like this and never had any issues with palatability.


yep, my dad was anal about not getting water on the meat.
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#6234392 - 03/23/16 06:04 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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I like my meat bloody, blood is juice and keeps it moist. I keep it on ice until it gets to its final destination. I taste no diffence between pulling the straps and eating them right away vs icing and taking it to a processor
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#6234393 - 03/23/16 06:05 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: TWarren]
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Originally Posted By: TWarren
As some have said previously, just until I can get to it to process myself. Unlike others, I try not to let water touch the meat at all. I keep the meat elevated above the ice and periodically drain the water. I have kept meat in a cooler for a week like this and never had any issues with palatability.


This ^^^
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#6234457 - 03/23/16 06:43 PM Re: How long to ice game? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Depends on my schedule. I don't mind letting it sit on top of ice for a week as long as I drain the bloody water out and continue to add more ice. Never had a problem.

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