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How long wiil you age before cutting?

 
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:02 PM
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Re: How long wiil you age before cutting?

With venison, I gut (if not taking head to taxidermist) leave the skin on and hang for two weeks. I make sure all of the trachea is removed. We lose very little meat to drying out with skin on.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:56 AM
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Re: How long wiil you age before cutting?

I have always gut, hang up, skinned, quartered, and put on ice as fast as possible. Usually within 2 hours. The backstraps and tenderloins get cut and packaged and frroze first, then the backlegs, then the front legs, then the neck and skirt. It might take up to a week to get it all done depending on what shift im having to work. But it stays packed in ice till im done.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:10 PM
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Re: How long wiil you age before cutting?

Years back we always gutted our elk then brought our horses in. At that time we would skin and quarter. A lot of times over night would occur. I know a guy that went on a high end guided hunt. They got an awesome bull, very successful for them. At the end of the hunt their guide was fired as soon as the owner found out he didn't skin my friends elk as soon as it was dead. He gutted it and retreived it the next morning. Explanation was the hide and glands revert back to the meat and the blood can't cool quick enough. Since then we started skinning our elk asap. Sure enough most of thestrong elk flavor nobody liked before was gone. If I grind 5-10% beef fat into my burger I can feed it to anyone and they never ask what it is. Just think its beef. Now my wife (next week she'll be my ex-wife) and kids don't like the taste of beef hamburger.
Funny thing is my brother in law fed us some of his elk that was not skinned early and my family refused to eat it. I have processed my elk between 2 and 16 days and could not tell as big of difference as removing the hide.
Just my experience.
To help with strong game taste in elk steaks soak 12-24 hours in evaporated milk. It helps.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:05 PM
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Re: How long wiil you age before cutting?

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Now my wife (next week she'll be my ex-wife)
Sorry to hear about this...but I have to say, how you phrased it, I laughed out loud reading it. Don't know if you meant it that way or not, but damn!
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:51 PM
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Re: How long wiil you age before cutting?

Seriously.......it should be final next week! 6 months ago it wasn't news I wanted to hear, but she wants to party more than me and I hang with my kids. So I have gotten used to the concept. My boyslike to take the horses out and fish with me, so I can't complain too much. She didn't like me hunting much, so guess what next spring sees? My name on some draw hunt applications! And I am gonna start mounting heads to hang in the house! This year's elk is already getting ready for a European mount!

Counting down the days!
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:24 PM
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Re: How long wiil you age before cutting?

somewhere around 10 days in a good cooler has worked well for me. I also prefer NOT to mix pork or beef fat in with my burger, just plain ground venison.
The last time I had an elk cut commercially, I asked for no fat in the burger,
I got fat in the burger and it was pretty rank stuff.
Been cutting my own ever since. At least that way I know what I am eating.
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