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Butchering a Deer - Part 3

Here we go, for your viewing pleasure, more meat-fondling pics!

Almost done with the dismembering.
I next sawed the rib cage off.  If I had someone to hold the carcass, I would have probably taken some ribs.  
Yum, I love ribs.  But, no way could I cut them alone.  So, I did waste some meat.  

I then sawed down the deer butt and through the ball and socket of the hip.  
It requires effort, as the hip doesn't disconnect as easily as the forelegs.
I had to hold on to the carcass with one hand as I sawed with the other.  
Phew, I needed to I had to take a break halfway through.

Split in two!
(Look how messy my garage is - I have too much shit.) 

I pulled the pieces from the gamble, and sawed off the end of the legs.

Each haunch went into a separate garbage bag.
The brownish meat will be trimmed off and tossed, along with the fat, tendons and connective tissue. 

And this is all that is left.  The neck is to the right of the picture.
There is a good amount of meat in the neck that I could have trimmed off, but I was too tired and just couldn't do anymore.  
I dragged the remains out back and left them in the woods for coyotes and fox.  They gotta eat, too.

All the meat-filled garbage bags were crammed into the fridge.  

I don't exactly remember, but I believe I did cut the chops up that night.  
I put freezer paper down on the island for easy clean up.  

I trim all the nasty bits off the chops.  It takes time, but it saves having to do it later when cooked. 

Geez, turn around for a minute and the peanut gallery is checking over your work!  
It was kind of funny, both cats were very attentive and sniffing around the island.  
But, when I gave them a bit of meat, they didn't want any.  
Ratchet (below) won't eat any people food at all, and Blue (next pic) is very selective as to what he will try.  (He likes spam and eggs.)
My old kitty loved venison, and would eat all I gave her.    

After trimming, I slice the chop into half inch pieces and wrap in freezer paper. 

I usually put 6-8 pieces to a package and label with the month and year.  
You can use these as stew meat, but I prefer to fry them in butter.  
You can't cook them too long or they get tough.  Pink on the inside is the way to go. 

I got 7 packages out of both chops.  

Clean up - I use a Brillo pad to scrub the knives clean.  I save the pad and a special sponge just for cleaning the butchering stuff, and when I'm completely done with everything, I toss them out.  

Dry the knives with a towel, and because they are prone to rust if damp, I heat them over the flame so they are totally dry.
When I put them away for good, I coat the steel with olive oil.  

For our next lesson, we will fillet the meat off the bones.  It is time consuming and a pain in the aft, but makes all the difference in taste.

When people complain of venison tasting 'gamey' it usually means that the butcher used a bone saw to cut through the bone.  The 'gamey' taste comes from the marrow getting on the meat.  I am very careful not to use any meat close to the end of the bone where I cut off the legs.  But, you'll see soon enough.

Time for bed.   


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 22nd, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
I didn't mind this too much. It's new, it's different, so I was curious. Thanks for posting!
Dec. 22nd, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
It's good to learn new things.
Most of the really gross stuff is done. All you'll see after this is regular meat-handling, like when you cut up chicken or a roast.
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Dec. 22nd, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
They were so funny to watch!

I got it from a Christmas icon dump. Pretty good stuff.

Dec. 22nd, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)

*comes over to your house to eat*
Dec. 22nd, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)

Well, a detour from Tennessee would take you about...10 hours.
You'd have to call ahead so I could warm up the grill!
Dec. 22nd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Butchering Part 3
I'm glad to hear the local wildlife got something to eat too! (I don't feed the birds in our garden because our four cats would try to catch them, but I do feed them at our allotment.) Strange that your cats weren't interested in eating any....
Dec. 24th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: Butchering Part 3
I guess that's the cycle of life! We all gotta eat.

Silly kitties, they don't know what's good for them. teehee.
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