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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2019, 03:12:52 PM »
I prefer no hair on the meat, but I'm the younger generation, dads generation, they preferred it the other way... oh wait.. nevermid, wrong forum :bash:

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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2019, 03:17:26 PM »
All he was saying was one or two hairs wont spoil meat.  Good read on all other inputs tho

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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2019, 03:19:19 PM »
Post above mine.
Good one lol

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Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2019, 08:11:40 AM »
I can not begin to count all the deer and elk we cut at the shop in Colorado. There will always be some hair on the meat. What worked great for us was a gas torch. Just go over it and 99% would be gone. Of course you see some very clean animals come in and we always appreciated that, made it a point to tell the hunters as such
Our elk gets processed in New Mexico where upwards of 500 head process annually.  They always used the torch method to get the odd hair.  Usually the animal has hung and has the dried outer layer that is skinned off when processed so it doesnít damage any meat. Just a light swipe near the hair and itís gone.


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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #34 on: October 11, 2019, 08:46:07 PM »
Hair on the meat is one source of ďgameyĒ flavors, the other big one I rarely see mentioned is your hands after touching the hide. A change of gloves or keeping one hand off the hide makes a big difference between skinning and quartering. Food handling on the ground in the woods adds challenges but the nature of bacteria is the same in the woods as in the kitchen. When you get past the guts and hide clean your hands or swap gloves and clean or swap knife as well, into clean gamebags and itís the best meat there is.

THIS!!!

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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2019, 08:24:20 AM »
Cold water and a rag.. wipe down right after you skin. Simple

I wipe everything, inside and out, with vinegar. The acid will kill a lot of undesirable issues...
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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2019, 09:51:26 AM »
Butchers I have known personally wonít clean meat that you bring in. Dirt, hair glands or whatever gets thrown in the grind. Process your own meat folks itís not hard.

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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2019, 10:19:18 AM »
News flash to all...  Butchers aren't cleaners.  Most will remove clean/cut out bad stuff but do not get particular removing every strand of hair.  Don't bad mouth em, it is our job not theirs.  Expect this all times.  If they cleaned thoroughly every time all hair your meat would take em all day and charges would be 4x's what it is now.  I worked at Meat market high school so... :twocents:
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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2019, 11:31:12 AM »
Cold water and a rag.. wipe down right after you skin. Simple

I wipe everything, inside and out, with vinegar. The acid will kill a lot of undesirable issues...

Ive always done the same thing with a vinegar, water mix. helps keep the flies and bees down too.

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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #39 on: October 12, 2019, 11:41:52 AM »
News flash to all...  Butchers aren't cleaners.  Most will remove clean/cut out bad stuff but do not get particular removing every strand of hair.  Don't bad mouth em, it is our job not theirs.  Expect this all times.  If they cleaned thoroughly every time all hair your meat would take em all day and charges would be 4x's what it is now.  I worked at Meat market high school so... :twocents:
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I have cut more wild game animals than I care to remember when I worked a shop in Colorado. I always laugh when people bitch about the meat they get back. Cracks me up when the joker thinks he shot a 1000 lb elk on the rail and didn't get all his meat back. Then there is the one who only shot his 5 times. Hit at every corner and blood shot all over. I wouldn't eat 1/2 the garbage hunters brought in. Most don't take of the animal at all.

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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2019, 12:23:18 PM »
I do a gutless de-boning of all of my animals were they lie after being shot.  I leave the kill site with two bags of meat only (no bones) and the head (Deer and antelope size animals.  Elk will be a couple of bags more).  When I get home I take the meat out in the back yard on a piece of ply-wood and there is always some hair on the meat.  I take my hose and a pressure nozzle and spray off all of the meat and brush it as I am spraying with a hand brush with stiff bristles.  that cleans the meat up nicely before trimming off all excess fat and processing.  This way you don't have to deal with guts, bones, and a carcass that you have to take somewhere for dumping.

Do you know that the more you cut up meat in the field, the more chances are that you introduce it to bacteria which can cause mold, cause meat to spoil,  cause meat to smell, etc? This is partly caused by more surface area being exposed.

Here's a good source about meat care.   https://pristineventures.com/why-use-citric-acid-on-game-meat/
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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2019, 08:38:30 PM »
I have used citric acid and really like it. I donít pretreat my bags because I donít like the possibility of acid unintentionally  getting on items (in my pack or kit) I donít want, essentially anything corrosive or reactive to acids. I prefer to pack a bag of pure powder and mix it into water, typically in a disposable water bottle with a few small holes in the lid that spray nicely on the meat or game bag. The citric acid really dries out and ďskinsĒ the meat nicely. I donít bother to try and rinse down the meat before going in a bag because I am slow and take my time to make sure the meat goes in a game bag very clean.

Not necessarily on the hair topic, but...

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Re: Hair on the meat!!!
« Reply #42 on: October 14, 2019, 09:14:26 AM »
The processor we take ours to will not accept deer or elk if there is hair present on the meat.  There is a very simple way to clean the hair off of a hanging carcass.  You can buy stainless steel sponges on Amazon or other sites which work like magic.  You just hang the animal to cool, and when it is dry use the sponges to wipe the hair off that is left on the meat after skinning.  The sponges are cheap........I buy them in packs of 12.  Just make sure to get the kind that do not have soap in them !!

https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Scrubbing-Scouring-scrubber-Kitchens/dp/B07CTHPJYK/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=stainless+steel+pads&qid=1570416100&sr=8-4

Tried a brillo pad this year based on this recommendation.  worked GREAT.

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