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Do you want to know how to preserve game meat? After scouting and finally taking down the big buck, it becomes obvious that you have to get it home, clean and cut it up, and store it for consumption. It is a lot of meat and you can’t shake off what it entails to preserve the meat. In this article, we will discuss the different ways you can preserve the game meat that you worked so hard to get.
How To Preserve Game Meat
1. Clean The Meat
Although you field dressed the deer out in the woods when you took the deer down, you should still do a final clean-up job on the target at home with more tools and resources at your disposal. Carefully inspect it and remove any leftover chunks of fat, membrane, entrails, dirt, leaves, and blood. Also, remove the bones and connective tissues which will also help to keep the meat cool. How to field dress a deer is explained in this article.
2. Use The Sunlight
You can use the sunlight to dry and preserve the meat. This is a method that was used many years ago when refrigeration was not available. It is still effective but has many negatives. Using the sunlight to dry the meat will be a target of flies and other insects which can contaminate it when they make contact. A net or some cover that will allow the sunlight to still get to the meat can be used to protect it from insects while it gets dried.
Additionally, this method is only effective when there is sunlight. Moreover, you must have some platform built to hang the strips of the meat on to get direct sunlight for a long period of time to dry out the fluids from the meat.
Curing or corning the meat involves using salt to remove the fluids from it. The salt dehydrates the meat and prevents bacterial growth without the presence of water. This is the same principle that the ancient Egyptians used to mummify their dead. This method of curing the meat is also referred to as a dry cure. Another method of curing is called wet cure.
4. Wet Cure
Wet curing involves submerging the meat in a salty solution. The meat is kept in the salty solution for a period of time. Then take it out of the brine and let it dry. The meat will be coated in a protective layer of salt that prevents microorganisms from growing.
Smoking the meat is another way to preserve the meat. This involves creating a system in which you build a fire that produces a lot of smoke to dry out all of the fluids from the meat. Smoking the meat also gives it flavor. Smoking the meat is similar to grilling today.
Pickling is a close cousin of wet curing. With curing, you create a brine with salt, sugar, and sometimes spices. The meat is then submerged in the brine for a period of time. Pickling is a little more complex and time-consuming.
The Bottom Line
How to preserve game meat is a very important aspect of hunting. After working hard scouting, tracking, and taking down the deer, you want to preserve the meat so that it lasts for a long time. In this article, we discussed the different methods of preserving game meat to give you the information you need to preserve your game meat.