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Deer meat on ice #7427214 02/07/19 06:08 PM
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How long do you usually leave a quartered deer on ice before processing? Bloody water being drained daily. ice under and over meat.


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Originally Posted by CCBIRDDOGMAN
How long do you usually leave a quartered deer on ice before processing? Bloody water being drained daily. ice under and over meat.


Does I'll get to whenever I can, usually 3-5 days. Older bucks and big boar hogs I usually ice age for a week, but I've gone 2 weeks a couple of times. I know a few people that let theirs age for up to 3 weeks.

I have two deer iced in the back of my truck from last Saturday, they'll go to the freezer this Sat. If you're grinding everything aging really doesn't make a difference, but if cutting into steaks & roasts it does.

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As long as I can (within reason of course), but at least a few days.

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Good. I always tried to get to them in a few days but I have two doe in a 155 qt brute cooler covered with ice right now that were killed friday evening and saturday evening and I'm not going to get to them till this saturday. Thanks for the reply's


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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Barring no other factors working against you, four weeks is safe.

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I always leave on ice for 1 week before I even begin to think about processing. I prefer to age in the cooler for up to two weeks, then process and age in the vacuum seal pack in the fridge for another week before putting it in the freezer.


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Clean shot and killed and cleanly and timely gutted and skinned I have left deer from 0 to 20 days on ice, keep ice full and leave drain plug open with a brick under the opposite end.

I still have yet to notice a difference in quality of meat from doing this, but it can buy you time to get the work done.


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^^^^Same method of full ice and drain opened. Usually 6-7 days for me


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Long enough to consider myself lazy. Usually get home with meat on Sunday and drop it off that next Friday.



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I try to leave it on ice for at least 7 days. Donít know if it makes any difference.


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I do 2 weeks mostly , have done 3 weeks a time or two .

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Aging deer has no value except maybe to drain some more blood out. Aging on ice really makes a difference when the meat is marbled with fat like with beef etc..that helps to break down and tenderize the meat some.


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I had my doe on ice for 6 days and the meat was just fine. Bottom line if you keep it real cold on ice it will stay good for awhile up


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6-7 days with drain open.

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Iíve gone as long as 2 weeks in the cooler, and Iíve taken one straight to the processor that was done and in the freezer in 3 days. I couldnít tell the difference in taste or texture.

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I have done a week many times..


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Originally Posted by 68A
I’ve gone as long as 2 weeks in the cooler, and I’ve taken one straight to the processor that was done and in the freezer in 3 days. I couldn’t tell the difference in taste or texture.

Probably neither of them were your deer you got back either.


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4-12 days. Just keep drain open and keep adding ice.


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I believe the longest I've done is about 4 days. However, after reading others responses I think I'll give it a couple more days if need be.

Re: Deer meat on ice [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN] #7430648 02/11/19 11:55 AM
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Going for 2 weeks. Just didnt feel it yesterday with the rain and all. Plus, I ordered the foot pedal for my grinder and want to get it here. Meat looks great. Wife promised to help Saturday morning so it will go quick.


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I try to get mine processed before I go shoot some more.... cheers


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