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Unread 09-19-2010, 12:45 PM
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Re: transporting elk meat

I use a coleman extreme in I believe 56 quart, I freeze rinsed out antifreeze bottles of water and lay them down on the bottom, put my meat in 2 zippered pillowcases and lay on the top of the bottles. This keeps the meat from sitting in the blood. I then pour crushed ice on top and drain as needed, this helps to wash out excess blood. I will change out the bottom ice every other day and add ice to the top as needed. I age my meat this way in my kitchen untill ready to process.
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    Unread 09-19-2010, 09:27 PM
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    Re: transporting elk meat

    I use large igloo coolers the bigger the better
    I have 2x6 cut so they will stand up across the cooler
    I place bags of ice between them to create a layer of ice below the meat.
    the 2x6 keep the meat out of the water.
    I cover it with a nylon tarp and pack ice in on top the tarp forces the water to run down to the bottom of the cooler not on the meat.
    The last bear I did this way way in the cooler for 3 days and the fish and game guy who checked the bear was upset i did not thaw the skull after freezing it before th check I informed him it was keeped in the cooler so he checked it anyway.
    the only down side is it takes lots of ice some tome 8 to 10 bags jus to start off per cooler
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    Unread 02-25-2011, 02:01 AM
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    Re: transporting elk meat

    I always let my meat sit in ICE water as it helps constrict the meat and squeezes out the blood and drain the blood water out of the bottom and fill with new ice for 48 hrs.
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