Deer Freezer Chart and Freezing Information

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Do you have a bunch of deer still setting in your freezer from last deer season? Is it going to waste?
Then turn that deer meat into delicious deer sausage with our Deer Sausage Kit!
It includes our fantastic Witts Deer Sausage Seasoning, Fibrous Casings and Complete Instructions
for 25 lbs., 50 lbs. or 100 lbs. of meat.  Click here to find out more!

Or turn that deer meat into delicious deer snack sticks with our Deer Snack Stick Kit!
It includes our fantastic AC Legg Snack Stick Seasoning, Collagen Casings and Complete Instructions
for 25 lbs., 50 lbs. or 100 lbs. of meat.  Click here to find out more!

Already have your Deer Sausage Seasoning, but no Fibrous Casings? We also sell our Fibrous Casings by themselves in either Clear or Mahogany Preprinted Deer Sausage Fibrous Casings!

Already have your Deer Snack Stick Seasoning, but no Collagen Casings?
 We also sell our Collagen Casings by themselves!

Deer Processing DVD
Watch this 1 hour and 40 minute long video from Ask The Meatmans' Professional Meatcutters and Learn How To:

  • Break your Deer into the Primal Cuts

  • Make Boneless, Butterfly Deer Chops

  • Make Boneless Hind Quarter Steaks into Top and Bottom Round Steaks, and Sirloin Tip Steaks

  • Use A Boning Knife Correctly

  • Put An Edge On Your Boning Knife

  • Freezer Wrap Like The Professionals

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Venison CutsRefrigeratorFreezer
Roasts, steaks3 to 5 days6 to 12 months
Stew meat1 to 2 days3 to 4 months
Ground deer1 to 2 days3 months
Variety meats1 to 2 days3 to 4 months
Smoked Deer Sausage2 to 3 months5 to 6 months
Cooked deer3 to 4 days2 to 3 months

The times shown above are for the maximum time for Best Flavor.  These cuts of venison will be edible for a much longer time, but the quality and taste will diminish over time.

How much freezer space will you need?

One cubic foot of freezer space will hold approximately
30 lbs. to 32 lbs. of Deer.

Freezing Fresh Cut Deer at Home

The best way to freeze fresh cut and wrapped deer at home is by flash freezing.
Flash Freezing can be done at -15 F on your home freezer upon some prior preparation.
Most chest-style freezer have the capability of reaching
-15 F,
but some upright freezers may not.

  • Set your freezer's control to its coldest setting several hours before using it as a flash freezer (use a freezer thermometer to check the temperature), make sure it is at least -15 F.

  • Shift the food that is already in the freezer to one side;  try to leave about 1 cubic foot of freezer space for every 2 to 3 lbs. of deer.

  • *[For the best and fastest freezing, it is best to use a large, empty chest freezer to allow for maximum air circulation.]

  • Chill deer before you freeze it to make it easier to cut and package, and to allow quicker freezing.  *The faster the deer freezes, the better it will taste when cooked!

  • Wrap the deer cuts securely in high quality freezer paper to prevent freezer burn and to avoid contaminating one meat with the odors of another.  Click here for a diagram on how to properly wrap meat for the freezer.

  • To allow quicker freezing, try and arrange the packages in the freezer so they are not touching any other packages.  The more air circulating around the packages, the quicker the deer will freeze.

  • *[You can set the packages of deer meat in the freezer on metal wire shelving - that is often used in kitchen cabinets - to allow the most air circulation.]

    Following the above tips should lead to the longest lasting,  best tasting deer meat possible!

Cooking Frozen Deer

Deer may be cooked frozen or defrosted. Defrosted deer should be cooked as a fresh cut; but allow additional cooking time. Frozen roasts require 1/3 to 1/2 more time for cooking. Cooking time for frozen steaks and patties varies according to surface area, thickness, and broiling temperature. Frozen cuts should be broiled farther from the heat so they do not brown too quickly. To braise frozen pot roasts, allow approximately the same cooking time as for defrosted cuts.

Defrosting Deer

Frozen deer my be defrosted before or during cooking. It should be defrosted in the original wrapping in the refrigerator. Defrosting meat at room temperature is not a recommended procedure. The following is a timetable for defrosting frozen beef in a refrigerator:

Large roast 4-7 hours (per pound)
Small roast 3-5 hours (per pound)
Steak, one-inch thick 12-14 hours

Planning on making Deer Sausage or Deer Snack Sticks?
We have the commercial seasonings available for sale now by Credit Card!
Just click on Deer Sausage or Deer Snack Sticks to read more about them.

We also have Spicecraft (formerly known as Witts)
Venison Marinade
now available also.

And for those who are getting ready to stuff their
Deer Sausage or Deer Snack Sticks - we have the
all the right casings for that job too!

Not for sure how to cut up your deer? 
Then check out our Deer Cutting Diagrams.

For more information on how to cook your deer so it tastes just like beef, read this article I wrote for!

Are you concerned about CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) this year?
Find out the important facts about CWD on this page!

We now have a PDF file from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
that has a diagram of a deer's lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, and spinal cord.
Just click on the link below, include your name and address, and I will e-mail this file FREE!
Send me the CWD Deer Diagram FREE!

Attention Deer Hunters:  Are you looking for topographic maps of the area you are going to hunt?
 Then view and print FREE topographic maps of ANY are in the U.S. at TopoZone!!

Check out our Deer Charts page with photo's and diagrams of how to cut up your deer the proper way!

Read further for some excellent freezer tips!

More freezer tips covering freezer burn, how to freeze meat, wrapping, etc.

What to do if your freezer quits or the power goes out.

Refreezing Food?  Is it safe?

Freezer checklist.  Before you buy a freezer,
 there are some features you should know about.

ConsumersRechearch. Reviews of the best freezers on the market!

Home Freezers. The full story.  EVERYTHING you need to know about freezers.  Such as only 2 manufacturers make almost ALL the freezers sold in the US!

How to wrap meat from the freezer.  From Ask The Meatman.

Read more about the Commercial Grade freezer paper we offer for sale!

Last Updated - Thursday, August 09, 2012 04:16 PM