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#6900262 - 09/26/17 10:10 PM Lost all of my game meat from last season
Theringworm Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 529
Loc: Midland, TX
Went out to the freezer chest in the garage to grab some elk meat for chili tonight since we are enjoying some cooler temps the last few days. Noticed a stench when I opened it. Realized the bottom of the freezer was covered with a frozen gelatinous blood mixture. Apparently either the freezer got unplugged by one of my kids, or while we were away the electricity went out. Not sure when either occurred or how long ago it was but lost nearly a whole elk, and 3 deer from last year. Really not looking forward to cleaning this out tomorrow.

We pulled any loose pieces of frozen meat out that we could dislodge. The rest is frozen into the blood/ice mixture. My thought was, unplug it tonight and leave the lid closed. Check on it in the morning and if still frozen add some rock salt to help speed up the melting process. Then try and take out large chunks of ice before it turns into a warm hot stinky bloody mess. Then drag the freezer out to the alley and hose that sucker out (I am sure the neighbors are gonna love this). Wash the inside with half water/half vinegar and some dawn. Repeat multiple times and then let air dry.

Anyone suggest I do something different regarding the cleaning process? I welcome any input.

The only good thing that came out of this was from the wife: "I guess you better shoot some more animals this year then"! DONE rifle

Edited by Theringworm (09/26/17 10:14 PM)

#6900270 - 09/26/17 10:14 PM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
That sucks.
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#6900306 - 09/26/17 11:01 PM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
dkershen Offline

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 18618
Loc: Denton/Argyle
Clean out is going to suck. Once you get it back operational invest in a freezer alarm. They are cheap insurance against problems like this. Mine saved me more than once on a GFI circuit that would get tripped in my garage.

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#6900365 - 09/27/17 05:43 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
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Registered: 07/21/16
Posts: 347
Loc: East of Dallas
I recently went through a similar experience. I had to go out of town for 5 days and my wife called and said one of our freezers quit (I have two in the garage). She cleaned up the mess and a kind neighbor hauled all the defrosted mess to a dumpster for her. When I got home I checked the other freezer and it was defrosted also and starting to get ripe. I had to get it emptied and cleaned out too.
Finally figured out what happened to cause all this. A couple days before I left on that trip, I was using an air compressor to fill some tires on my old hunting pickup....and it blew an electrical breaker!..apparently near the end of the compressor use and I didn't notice it.
I lost at least a couple deer along with loads of other stuff. My wife said she is going hunting with me this year to get another deer herself...she misses it that bad! She has never hunted before so it should be interesting.

#6900403 - 09/27/17 06:48 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Corsicana
Dang sir, sorry that happened. frown
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#6900452 - 09/27/17 07:29 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
that sucks
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#6900463 - 09/27/17 07:35 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
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My buddy's mom left fish in my freezer at the property 2 weeks later I find that the trailer electricity was out. I reset all the breakers filled the freezer with Clorox, and pine-o-pine then let it freeze up again. removed the big stinky block of funk and filled the freezer with pine-o-pine and Clorox again and left it for a week. When I came back I froze it all and I just removed the frozen mixture and put some baking soda in there. Cleared up the smell pretty good. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation if you plan on hanging around.
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#6900474 - 09/27/17 07:50 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
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Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 8650
Loc: Keller, TX
Had this happen to me a while back. I ended up tossing the whole freezer and just buying a new one. Could never get the smell all the way out.

Definitely get a freezer alarm! Has saved us a couple times since.

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#6900504 - 09/27/17 08:18 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
Posts: 7336
Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
happened to my daughter/SIL after Harvey. GFI outlet in the garage tripped, lost everything including a packer brisket and 4-5 racks of ribs plus all the venison. Wife helped with clean up, turned it on its side, hosed it all out, Clorox and water several times, let dry, plugged back in with an open container of baking soda, replace baking soda every day for 3-4 days seems like new.
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#6900512 - 09/27/17 08:26 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 10355
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Very sorry this happened to you guys!

Before you fill it (or a new one) back up, get an electrician out there and have him add a dedicated, non-GFI circuit/breaker/plug. That's what I finally did.

The alarm sounds like an excellent idea. Plus, I bought several cheap fridge/freezer thermometers and look at each when I'm opening that one.
...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

#6900519 - 09/27/17 08:29 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 27991
Loc: Texas
Dang that stinks, hope it cleans out well.
It's hell eatin em live

#6900536 - 09/27/17 08:38 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
Herbie Hancock Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
Posts: 2087
Loc: Cypress, Texas
I can smell that right now makes me want to puke. That happened to a friend of mine this past year, his deer was up at friends of his place where he had the deer processed. He got to "busy" to go pick it up at it got processed and he got a call a few months later they found the freezer went out. Then by the time they found out it was too late.

That's one of the reasons why I like to have everything vacuum packed, so if they day ever comes the clean up won't be so bloody.

#6900547 - 09/27/17 08:43 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 1071
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Dang sorry to hear that. Bleach it and let it sit in open air for a few weeks maybe.

I learned a long time ago to keep moving the game into the home freezer. My wife always does inventory before heading to the grocery store. I she sees the meat in the house freeze she uses it. We burn through 5 deer every year we'll before season starts. That saves lots of money and utilizes everything. I just say that cause you had 3deer still in your freezer. That's way too much for September in my opinion. It's a bigger issue then your recent loss. It's so nice to start your season with an empty freezer smile

#6900562 - 09/27/17 08:56 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
BassBuster1 Offline

Registered: 10/09/06
Posts: 199
Loc: Denton
I have been volunteering in Houston and Beaumont mucking houses. That is what the neighborhoods smell like that were flooded. Last people we helped had 80lbs. of shrimp rotting in a freezer on the curb. It is a terrible smell!!

#6900574 - 09/27/17 09:07 AM Re: Lost all of my game meat from last season [Re: Theringworm]
Bobcat4119 Offline

Registered: 09/22/16
Posts: 229
Loc: NE Texas
I lost mine too during a bad week of storms this spring. Lost power off and on for 5 days... It made me sick having to throw it out.

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