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Offline kenzmad

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Re: Self processing consumables for Elk
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2019, 08:44:45 PM »
I vac pac. Only issue I have, is the bags are slippery once frozen. They stack nice with fresh ground meat in them. Once frozen, removing one from the stack is like playing a game of Jenga. A mixer of some sort is nice if doing burger. Or, the old fashioned way of hand mixing can be done.
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Re: Self processing consumables for Elk
« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2019, 08:49:18 PM »
Larry, NO fat mixed in with your burger. I also like plastics/freezer paper vs VAC seal. Just ensure you get all the air out when you wrap with the plastic. Oh, and order one of these for burger.  It’ll be here by Friday 😁.

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I got one of those, had trouble with the tape keeping it sealed.  Went to rings and had better luck.    If you do the tape try to not get grease on the bags and don't stack them in the freezer until they're frozen fully, the weight will push the tape up the bag.   I might need better tape, but it is quick to use. 


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Re: Self processing consumables for Elk
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2019, 08:53:41 PM »
I use a 9ish" rapala fillet.
Some like fat in burger, some don't. I hit up my buddy(grocery butcher) and get trimmings from prime ribs at xmass time for my fat. mix at 10%
Some folks like to add raw bacon to their grind. DONT do it unless you try a small sample first. I found out the hard way on this, spaghetti, lasagna, tacos, etc should not have a bacon flavor imho. 
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Re: Self processing consumables for Elk
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2019, 07:41:41 AM »
I use the Victorinox 6” curved flex blade.  It’s pretty standard with a bunch of butchers and works great.

I have a longer chef’s knife for steaking or other bug cuts.


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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2019, 08:40:50 AM »
Beverage of choice :tup:

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Re: Self processing consumables for Elk
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2019, 09:37:55 AM »
Make sure your cutting table is at a comfortable height.

Definitely. The table I use (in the picture( has the extendable legs. Saves the back for sure.

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Re: Self processing consumables for Elk
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2019, 09:41:33 AM »
With the exception of the grinder, this is everything I use to break down a deer. The last couple years I've quartered them on day one, wrapped in plastic wrap and tossed in the fridge. Then I can butcher when I have a couple hours. There's a Sharpie somewhere on the table that I use for marking packs. I butcher a quarter, clean it up and wrap it, then move on to the next.

I also keep my Worksharp plugged in next to the table with the finishing belt on it to keep a razor edge.

Note: The coffee turned into a beer shortly after the photo was taken!
Fillet knife is my most used knife, trimming silverskin and cutting steaks.
I wrap steaks and burger in coated white freezer paper, do it properly and it will stay freezer burn free for over a year.

What size filet knives are you guys using?  I have a 9" big game one.  The one Angry Perch has looks pretty short, 6"?

Not fillet knives for me. I use 2 6" boning knives, one straight and one curved, and an 8" breaking knife. All Victorinox.

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Re: Self processing consumables for Elk
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2019, 09:43:40 AM »
With the exception of the grinder, this is everything I use to break down a deer. The last couple years I've quartered them on day one, wrapped in plastic wrap and tossed in the fridge. Then I can butcher when I have a couple hours. There's a Sharpie somewhere on the table that I use for marking packs. I butcher a quarter, clean it up and wrap it, then move on to the next.

I also keep my Worksharp plugged in next to the table with the finishing belt on it to keep a razor edge.

Note: The coffee turned into a beer shortly after the photo was taken!
Fillet knife is my most used knife, trimming silverskin and cutting steaks.
I wrap steaks and burger in coated white freezer paper, do it properly and it will stay freezer burn free for over a year.

What size filet knives are you guys using?  I have a 9" big game one.  The one Angry Perch has looks pretty short, 6"?

Not fillet knives for me. I use 2 6" boning knives, one straight and one curved, and an 8" breaking knife. All Victorinox.

Same, the Vicki boning knives are fantastic
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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2019, 09:55:16 AM »
The best knife I have used for butchering is the inexpensive red/purplish handled Rapala filet knife that you can usually find these days for about $7 or less.

I don't know why so many people add pork to their pristine game meat for hamburgers. I can understand it for sausage or pepperoni, but I've never had an issue with my burgers falling apart (1/8" grinding plate) and I can eat them rare top medium rare without worries.....

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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2019, 10:11:13 AM »
you can eat pork med rare too, trich is gone in commercial pork.    My pork I've raised is ultra clean, you could sushi it, not that I would  :puke:



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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2019, 10:16:53 AM »
I don't think Loki is worried about under cooked pork. I think he just doesn't want his deer to taste like a pig.

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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2019, 11:58:24 AM »
you can eat pork med rare too, trich is gone in commercial pork.    My pork I've raised is ultra clean, you could sushi it, not that I would  :puke:

True statement, once we stopped feeding dead pig parts back to live pigs it magically disappeared.  Of the 20 or so cases a year in the US, I think most of them are from eating bears.

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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2019, 12:30:47 PM »
Ain't many things better than a high quality, medium rare pork chop. Unfortunately, you will not find such a thing in your local QFC or Safeway. It's a shame what mass produced pork has become.

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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2019, 01:48:32 PM »
I cut mine 1.5 inches thick  :chuckle:

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Re: Consumables for self processing Elk
« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2019, 01:22:58 PM »
So after  processing (most of the way) my elk I have a few items to add.

Nitrile/latex gloves.  I know some do not use them, but I found it quite handy to be able to remove gloves when I needed to do something other than processing.  I was working in the garage with no access to a sink to clean up, so being able to remove gloves to go in house etc was priceless.

Papertowels.  Partially for the same reason as the gloves, but also because papertowels stick to membrane and silverskin like velcro so it makes it easier to remove them.

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