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Game smell in hung venison
« on: November 29, 2022, 05:45:44 PM »
Hello all- I just hung my 2.5 year old whitetail,  skinned, for six days,  in a garage which ranged between 34 and 40 degrees. As my buddy and I were butchering him today, we noticed a bit of a gamy smell in the hindquarter meat. We cooked up little samples, and it tasted and smelled fine. Should I be concerned?

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2022, 05:52:03 PM »
I've butchered a couple like that.  Freeze it and forget it for a week or two, and then it'll smell and taste great.  Once you get a little ripe venison in your olfactories, seems like it just snowballs from there.  But I've never been sick from eating a well aged deer.

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2022, 05:54:58 PM »
Wipe it down with apple cider vinegar
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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2022, 05:56:37 PM »
No. I grew up hunting in Northern WI.  Our deer would hang in varying temps for a week or better.  Thawed out in the basement to butcher.
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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2022, 06:06:00 PM »
IMHO a lot of the "gamey" smell of hung meat is any blood that still be on the meat/body cavity...not the meat itself...as someone mentioned I wipe it with vinegar.  If you ate some and it didn't give you the "Hershey squirts" cut it/freeze it and enjoy
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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2022, 07:15:10 PM »
Thanks, all. I really appreciate it.

I think I was just overthinking it. We just pulled a roast off the grill, and the flavor, moisture, and tenderness were excellent.  I guess we'll know for sure after a day or so!

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2022, 07:30:12 PM »
One way to check for freshness is to feed some to your dog.  If the dog barks in the middle of the night, or leaves a trail across your carpet, you know the venison's bad.   :chuckle:

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2022, 07:43:29 PM »
One way to check for freshness is to feed some to your dog.  If the dog barks in the middle of the night, or leaves a trail across your carpet, you know the venison's bad.   :chuckle:

Lol. We have two dogs. Both got some treats. I guess we believe in replicating the experiment around here.  :chuckle:

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2022, 07:44:59 PM »
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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2022, 03:55:56 PM »
Well, nobody's sick.  Not the dogs, not us, not my friend who helped butcher the deer and stayed for dinner (where a grilled roast was the main course).  I'm still surprised.  I've hung and processed a lot of deer, and this is the first where there was a gamey scent in the haunches/hams. 

Thanks for the input, everybody.  I'm hoping Smokepole is right- after a week or more in the freezer, that some of that scent goes away.  Otherwise, it's going to be a lot of marinades and/or cooking in smoke!   :P

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2022, 04:08:14 PM »
Thanks, all. I really appreciate it.

I think I was just overthinking it. We just pulled a roast off the grill, and the flavor, moisture, and tenderness were excellent.  I guess we'll know for sure after a day or so!

Mark, if you ship it to me for analysis, I'll make sure it gets a thorough testing. You can count on me!  :tup:
 
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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2022, 04:26:53 PM »
Thanks, all. I really appreciate it.

I think I was just overthinking it. We just pulled a roast off the grill, and the flavor, moisture, and tenderness were excellent.  I guess we'll know for sure after a day or so!

Mark, if you ship it to me for analysis, I'll make sure it gets a thorough testing. You can count on me!  :tup:

John, I might just take you up on that.  I know you have keen senses for fine foods; I'd be curious to see what your reaction to it is.  Could drop off a package when we come through Ptld/Vancouver just after Christmas!

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2022, 04:31:30 PM »
Thanks, all. I really appreciate it.

I think I was just overthinking it. We just pulled a roast off the grill, and the flavor, moisture, and tenderness were excellent.  I guess we'll know for sure after a day or so!

Mark, if you ship it to me for analysis, I'll make sure it gets a thorough testing. You can count on me!  :tup:

John, I might just take you up on that.  I know you have keen senses for fine foods; I'd be curious to see what your reaction to it is.  Could drop off a package when we come through Ptld/Vancouver just after Christmas!

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2022, 05:15:57 PM »
I'd be curious how it smells to ya in a couple weeks.  Sounds like it tasted great!   :tup:

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Re: Game smell in hung venison
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2022, 05:29:26 PM »
I miss the smell of processing deer and elk. 
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