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Breaking down and packaging a deer (it is going to be a long night)


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3 hours ago, lemniscate said:

Do you grind a bunch?  Or do you do some unusual cuts like neck roast or ribs?

 

I am a cuts guy. I grind from the muscle group on an as needed basis. A lot of that is driven by my wimpy kitchen aid grinding attachment making mass grinding a daunting task.

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1 hour ago, lemniscate said:

Seems to be some nice fat on those cuts.  That's not too common for us out west here.  Our deer (mule and coues) are lean.  I like cuts too.  Sous vide really has changed up my wild game techniques.

I would love to hear more about SV and venison.

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2 hours ago, lemniscate said:

Seems to be some nice fat on those cuts.  That's not too common for us out west here.  Our deer (mule and coues) are lean.  I like cuts too.  Sous vide really has changed up my wild game techniques.

I would like to circle back to your experiences with deer fat. I am undergoing a revision of my thinking about deer fat. I rendered 1/3 cup from this deer and it tasted fine. Contrary to what I was taught. 

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11 hours ago, billyhill said:

Taking a break, so I have a chance to answer

I am a cuts guy. I grind from the muscle group on an as needed basis. A lot of that is driven by my wimpy kitchen aid grinding attachment making mass grinding a daunting task.

I have to agree with you on cuts. Friends of mine who hunt always grind everything except for the tenderloin and maybe a roast or two.

I used to watch my uncles break down deer with little more than knives and a hacksaw. They also did a pig every year but that's another story.

I've broken down lambs in the past and since it's pretty much the same anatomically I'd like to have a go.

Now I just have to convince one of my friends......

 

 

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@Shelbyalso has given us some great tutorials on breaking down deer. Here is one of them, but there are others in the same thread.  

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1 hour ago, TicTac said:

Wonder what the marrow is like on those bones....

 

Got a hack saw (or better yet, a band)!?

 

:)

 

Have a saw and marrow is on the to do list. The 3rd pic I posted is bone in shanks. May cut them down further for an osso bucco style presentation. Looking forward to making stock from some of those bones. Bag of bones.

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