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#6428640 - 08/28/16 08:41 PM Prevent Freezer Burn?
Mykol Offline
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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 68
What is the best way to prevent dove from freezer burn?

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#6428654 - 08/28/16 08:48 PM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 1497
Loc: North Tejas
Water. Freeze them in water. Will hold 1 year or more
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#6428655 - 08/28/16 08:48 PM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
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Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 140
Loc: Round Rock, TX
Probably a vaccum sealer, but there's a tip in twpd website about storing them in a ziploc with enough water to cover them, then freeze the bag. I was a bit hesitant but after trying it I'd say I was very surprised by the results. I didn't have them there for a very long time, maybe a couple months, no more than 4, and just leaving the bag in the sink to thaw had them ready for prep. Really surprised.
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#6428699 - 08/28/16 09:16 PM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
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Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 872
Loc: Snyder, TX
I've been freezing all my game in water and Ziploc bags with all the air squeezed out for about 25 years. I've never had anything freezer burnt.

I have cooked rabbits and ducks that were 2 years old, although I try to eat everything before the next season. Sometimes a pack or two used to get buried in the chest freezer.

I've hunted with people that use the vacuum sealers and have taken home duck breasts that were vacuum sealed.

I have had multiple cases where the bags failed and birds would get freezer burn if not cooked quickly enough. If you're planning on eating everything within 6 months or so, it shouldn't be a problem and it will save space. But IMO, you cannot beat ziplocs and water for longterm protection.

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#6428900 - 08/29/16 05:25 AM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
Stump_jumper Offline
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Registered: 07/15/05
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Loc: Rockwall, Tx
Dove, ducks, and fish in a zip lock covered with water. Fill bag with water and squeeze out all air. I vacuum pack venison. No water touches my venison or beef.

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#6428905 - 08/29/16 05:33 AM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
deftsound Offline
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Registered: 11/18/08
Posts: 93
vacuum pack it, buy a foodsaver from wal mart

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#6428956 - 08/29/16 07:05 AM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
ETHunter39 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 14
Loc: East Texas
Some guys like to marinate their dove in Italian dressing before cooking. As an alternative to water, I freeze several portions in Italian dressing, that way they're already marinated when I thaw them out. food

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#6428992 - 08/29/16 07:42 AM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: deftsound]
Greekangler Offline
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Originally Posted By: deftsound
vacuum pack it, buy a foodsaver from wal mart


I have a couple of these- not worth a crap- about 10 years old. Are the new ones any better?
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#6429036 - 08/29/16 08:24 AM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
Bird_Dog Offline
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Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 292
Loc: Irving, TX
I've been freezing meat in ice water for as long as I can remember, never had an issue

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#6429044 - 08/29/16 08:30 AM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Stump_jumper]
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red bone Bob

Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 2444
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
Originally Posted By: Stump_jumper
I vacuum pack venison. No water touches my venison.

I quarter my deer and cover it with ice and water for 3 to 5 days, my relatives who say they don't eat deer meat never know the different till I tell them
Never have enough doves to save
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#6429163 - 08/29/16 09:43 AM Re: Prevent Freezer Burn? [Re: Mykol]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 461
Loc: Cypress, Texas
I like to have everything seasoned and vacuum packed prior to freezing. It saves time for when it comes time to cook. This is one of those tomato tomatoe debate.

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