Many hunters will tell you that the experience of being able to provide food for their families is very rewarding. Despite the controversy surrounding hunting, it must be noted here that animals are not just killed for the fun of the sport. It provides many American families with the stable protein that is required in a balanced diet.
So what do you do with the abundance of venison provided from your last hunt?
Well, there are many options available to preserve wild game. The options include; freezing, smoking, bottling, and dehydrating the venison to ensure the longevity of the meat. This article will explore the freezing method and will provide the reader with handy tips on how to properly freeze wild game from a recent hunt for later consumption.
Before venison can be cut and packaged for freezing it is vital to ensure that the meat is properly cleaned with potable water to ensure all the dirt and hair is removed. Once the meat is washed you can remove the excess water by patting the meat with a clean cotton sheet.
Cutting methods vary depending on the individual’s preferences, but what is vital to remember during this process is to ensure that all working surfaces, knives, cutting boards etc. are sterile. The last thing you want is your prized harvest to be contaminated with bacteria.
Once you have cut the venison according to your preference its needs to be packaged. Your biggest enemy when it comes to freezing is air. Ensuring the air is fully removed from the packaging will allow for fresher meat at the time of cooking.
The best method here would be to arrange your meat into the portion sizes required by your family, and then place it into vacuum-seal packaging and seal it. If you don’t have the machine to do so, another cheaper alternative would be to wrap the meat in clear plastic and then to wrap it again with freezer paper, taped shut with freezer wrap tape.
Write the date, species and cut on the wrapper and then place it into the freezer as soon as possible. Make sure you do not stack the packages on top of each other as this will prevent rapid freezing throughout. Vacuumed venison can last up to 2 years in the freezer whereas, wrapped meat will only last a year. Venison can be prepared in many different ways and now enjoyed by your family and friends all year round.