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The first place to handle problems with tough meat and an off-flavor is in the field. The best deer for the table is a young doe rather than a big buck, because tenderness decreases as age increases.
Taking a good shot in the field is important. The gaminess of deer meat is directly related to how much the animal runs after being hit.
Panicked deer flood their bodies with adrenaline when they’re in danger. Their heart races and blood pours into their muscles. The extra blood helps rev up the muscles for flight but produces lactic and pyruvic acids in return. These acids, extra blood and adrenaline are the major reasons why venison may taste wild or gamy.
Field dressing your deer as soon as possible will remove most of the blood from the carcass.
Venison Cooking Tip #3 Grill it: Avoid direct flame and don’t sear venison with high heat. Baste with marinade during cooking. Don’t use a fork to turn venison, because it will puncture the meat and allow juices to escape.
Deer Skinning Tips
The #1 thing to keep in mind when skinning your deer is to use your hands more than your knife. Pull the hide away from the body HARD as you skin makes it easier to skin. You could almost skin a deer with your finger this way if you start skinning while the deer is hot.
The longer a deer hangs the harder it will be to skin. So skin the deer as soon as possible.
Younger deer are easier to skin than older deer.
Does are normally easier to skin than buck.
DON'T EVEN TRY AND SKIN A FROZEN DEER! If it's frozen, let it hang in a commercial cooler to thaw out some, then try skinning the deer.
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Venison Cooking Tip #4 When preparing venison, remove all fat before cooking. If left on the meat, the fat imparts an unpleasant taste to the dish.
Check out our Deer Charts page with photo's and diagrams of how to cut up your deer the proper way!
Home Processing Tip #1
Make sure all the meat is dry before wrapping it in freezer paper, and mark each package with the date and cut of meat. Well-wrapped venison keeps for six to nine months if stored at 0 degrees in the freezer. Meat quality deteriorates more much quickly when kept at 5-15 degrees — so a freezer thermometer is a good investment.
Every year we have customers who think they should receive 150 lbs. of edible deer meat from their deer. Even if their deer only weighed (by estimating) 125 lbs. on foot.
An average deer here in Southeast Missouri weighs 82 lbs. dressed! (Dressed weight is the field dress deer minus hide, head and feet). This average has been calculated by us over 30 years of processing deer!
A good figure to use is to estimate 50% of the dressed weight of the deer is the yield in boneless deer meat.
In other words, a deer that dressed out at 82 lbs. will yield, on the average, 41 lbs. of boneless, edible deer meat.
Venison Cooking Tip #5 Cook venison by the same methods you use for beef of similar grade. After the fat has been removed, add beef suet, pork fat, or bacon to roast to keep the meat from becoming dry. If barbecuing, pin strips of bacon on with toothpicks and baste with barbeque sauce.
Factors Affecting Carcass Weight & How Much Meat You Get
How fat was the deer? Fatter deer yield heavier carcasses but most of the fat is trimmed off during processing.
How many times was the deer shot? More holes, more damage, more loss of meat due to trimming.
Where was the deer shot? Rump or loin shots destroy a lot of edible meat and ruin entire muscles.
Where is the bullet exit hole? Where the bullet exits the deer always destroys muscle tissue.
Broken and Shattered Bones You lose large amounts of meat due to bone splinters in hind leg and shoulders.
Was the carcass hot or cold? As deer chill, they lose moisture & their weight decreases.
How far is neck skinned down on cape mount? Large bucks have large amounts of lean meat in neck, you must cape down to top of head to obtain most meat possible.
Home Processing Tip #2 Take the time to remove all hair, clotted blood and fat from the meat if you’re processing deer yourself. These contribute to the wild taste of venison. Dry paper towels are great for picking up hair and removing the slimy connective tissues covering some of the meat.
We have 12 books and videos on field dressing, skinning, processing, tanning, and cooking deer on our Book Store Pages Deer 1 and Deer 2!
Venison Cooking Tip #6 When cooking venison steaks or chops, marinate first to make meat tender. Cover the steaks or chops with the marinade and let stand overnight in the refrigerator. Drain and pan broil.
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