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#6863092 - 08/20/17 08:05 PM Freezer Check
Brother Phil Offline

Registered: 01/07/15
Posts: 207
Another hunting season will arrive soon. I have started to eat up the rest of the deer meat from last year. I use freezer paper, and have found that it will last 12 months without any problems. I like to have last years game consumed, before the deer rifle season.

#6863102 - 08/20/17 08:14 PM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
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Freezer paper is great as long as it is wrapped in saran wrap first. My lovely wife got me a pretty heavy duty Food Saver that I really like up
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#6863103 - 08/20/17 08:15 PM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
I shoot a lot of animals (including several axis, black buck, fallow, etc), so I give away about 6-8 deer of meat every year. This allows me to rotate out old stock from the freezer to friends that are happy to have meat that was from last season.
Everything in my freezer is October 2016 or newer. It is about time for a another big give away, my brother is ready to kill a lot of critters and I will need room for fresh meat.

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#6863181 - 08/20/17 09:21 PM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Simple Searcher]
Blank Offline

Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 189
Loc: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Good tight package with Saran Wrap first, and then freezer paper. Will last two years easy, with no freezer burn. With 3 kids and 5 grandkids, I never have to worry about meat spoiling!!! smile

#6863494 - 08/21/17 08:42 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
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I started vacuum packing last year. There's nothing better.

I have a short attention spa

#6863503 - 08/21/17 08:51 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
PMK Offline
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
yep, just had that discussion with the wife last night, especially with remaining various types sausage. Most of ours is vacuum sealed but used butcher paper for the first 40 or so years without any issues (but rarely did we have much left more than 5-6 months old).
"everyone that lives dies but not everyone who dies lived..."


#6863508 - 08/21/17 08:54 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
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Food saver is the way to go! I process everything at home so the kids wipe out the pre-made sausage patties and burgers first. We have 3 back straps maybe 2 pounds of stew cuts left from the 7 deer my son, daughter and I took. Oldest thing in the box are some rainbow trout we caught in December 2016. It's re-stocking time.
Sometimes it's hard being me! But somebody has to do it.

#6863525 - 08/21/17 09:08 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
I started vacuum packing last year. There's nothing better.
This, you guys recommended it on one of my packing post. My deep freezer in the shop is cleaned out and ready. I have took what little meat I have left and moved it to the inside freezer and gave some to family. I still have some big briskets and stuff in there but I made sure I have my wild game section ready.

#6863548 - 08/21/17 09:28 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
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2 lbs of ground meet left!

#6863579 - 08/21/17 09:57 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
TooLow Offline
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Registered: 10/01/10
Posts: 6662
Loc: Deep Ellum, TX
3 bags of chili meat, 1 package of Tenderloin and 1 bag of Stew meat and that is it.

#6863644 - 08/21/17 11:02 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
snake oil Offline
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Loc: Graham
Deer meat usually loses it's taste after 9 months..........

#6863669 - 08/21/17 11:25 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: snake oil]
TexOddball Offline
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Registered: 10/05/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Aggieland
Originally Posted By: snake oil
Deer meat usually loses it's taste after 9 months..........

Change the way you package and store it then! As I type this I'm eating ground venison from 2014, just browned in a skillet with salt and pepper, and it's perfectly fine, tastes exactly like the package from January 2017 that I opened few days ago. Vacuum sealing works great!

#6863674 - 08/21/17 11:26 AM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
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Loc: texas
Found a couple bags of duck breast in the freezer this weekend.
Originally Posted By: Grizz
Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

#6864003 - 08/21/17 03:27 PM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Cast]
BurrOak Offline

Registered: 08/20/10
Posts: 603
Loc: CenTex
Originally Posted By: Cast
I started vacuum packing last year. There's nothing better.

Except that it's difficult to stack. Once I got my Food Saver I started vacuum sealing everything. I went back to using butcher paper on most stuff. I use the round game bags for ground meat. Any other small game goes into vacuum seal bag.

#6864075 - 08/21/17 04:24 PM Re: Freezer Check [Re: Brother Phil]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Eating ground axis that's 1+ year old weekly. Just a few pounds left.

WT backstrap tonight.

'Gotta move the little, manual defrost freezer over from the barn, since the less than 2 years old frost-free Frigidaire crapped out, for the second time, a couple months ago. The little thing hasn't so much as hiccupped in over a decade.

I also need to buy a big chest freezer (manual defrost) 'cause I'm confident I'm bringing home a big bull elk the first part of November!
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

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