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How to Butcher a Deer
Aging Wild Game
The importance of Aging Meat has often been disputed, here are the facts,
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Aging Meat -
Shortly after the slaughter of an animal the muscles stiffen and the animal goes through a chemical process called Rigor Mortis. This process gradually disappears and the natural tenderizing begins. There are natural Enzymes in the flesh of all animals.
These Enzymes break down the muscle tissue over time
depending on the size of the animal.
A side of beef takes 3 to 4 days at 40 degrees F. for this process to begin.
Quality beef is usually aged for 2-4 weeks before it reaches the consumer.
Aging meat does not mean simply hanging it. It is important to control the following conditions, sanitation, temperature, humidity and air circulation.
Aging meat increases tenderness and flavor. Any off taste or bad smell is not
a characteristic of properly aged and butchered meat.
The following are recommended guidelines for aging your game.
Deer - Quickly after killing a deer, carefully open the animal and remove all entrails inside the chest cavity (any sharp high quality knife will work if you are careful, we prefer a German boning knife). Take your time to avoid puncturing vital organs. Carefully split the hide open back to the rear, use a Bone Saw to cut open the tailbone (the bone that joins the two read legs together) and remove all entrails. The bone saw also works well to split open the upper chest cavity.
As soon as possible flush the deer cavity with several gallons of cold water. It is important to cool the animal as fast as possible. This can be done several ways. If it is cold outside, simply use a clean piece of wood to prop open the chest cavity. If it is warm outside place several bags of ice inside the chest cavity. We also recommend keeping the chest cavity as dry as possible, use several towels to wipe it often. Remove any visible hair, sticks and leaves. Now you have a properly cleaned deer that is ready for hanging. We recommend hanging the deer from the rear legs as high as necessary to avoid touching the ground. It is the easiest position for skinning a deer properly. We remove the hide with a Skinning Knife and cut off the head and front legs with a bone saw. (Many hunters need to begin the aging of their deer outdoors with the hide on,
this is acceptable but be careful of insects, animals, dirt, sticks, leaves, temperature and handling).
It is time to begin the aging of your venison carcass. At 40 degrees F. we find that the meat tastes the best after 5-7 days of aging. This aging time will vary on the size of the deer, temperature and individual preferences. We hang our deer in a walk in cooler with a concrete floor. After several days the enzymes break down the venison muscle tissues and you end up with tender meat. After proper aging the venison is ready for butchering.
We like to break ours down to the Rounds, Tenderloins,
Loins, Ribs, Stew Meat and Ground Meat for Sausage and Burger. We use a German
Flexible Boning Knife, Skinning Knife, Butchering Knife, Sharpening Steel, Stainless Steel Bone
Saw and Meat Grinder. With practice and the right tools, you can achieve these
cuts and butcher easily and consistently.(see the Sportsmans Corner section). We put small pieces of meat in stainless steel mixing bowls and cover them, place in refrigerator until ready to grind. Our Electric Meat Grinders will save you time!
This is our Big Butchers Knife! The 14 inch long wide blade is crafted from high quality German alloy steel. Lifetime Warranty.
Chef Notes: A sweet knife for the price, the stamped blade in thick and strong at top and tapered thin. This is a great knife for quartering our large pieces of beef, elk, moose, bear or anything big. Nonslip comfortable knife. Also works for clearing brush and saplings. Our Chefs have used most every knife made - we conclude these are very high quality and comfortable to use. Click Here for more pro Chefs Butchering Knives
This is our Mundial Multi Tri Stone sharpening system. Each stone is 11 inches long and has a rotating set of three stones. Video below. The stones lock in place and have an oil bath underneath. This is the best way to sharpen your fine cutlery. Electric grinders remove a lot of metal, a stone does not. With a dull knife, we start with the rough stone, then the medium and then the fine stone. We finish our cutlery with a diamond sharpening steel. It can be used with oil or water (water requires air drying after each use).
"You get what you pay for!" This multi stone will last for a lifetime of use with proper care!
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Review shows you how to get your knife even sharper using the tri stone. Click Here for handmade Japanese Chef Knives! Some of the items used in the kitchen are New Razor Sharp Chef Knives! Notice, the knife is very sharp and cuts very easily. A sharp knife is required by every Chef and Gourmet cook. These cuts will take you practice to master. Chef is using one of his NSF Maple Cutting Boards!
Product # CD24x18BOOSBOARD-AUJUS2
List Price $169.00 and up
On Sale $129.95
This is the reversible Au Jus Solid Maple Cutting Board!
John Boos custom makes these cutting boards for us from first quality Solid Rock Maple, 24 inches by 18 inches and over 1 1/2 inches thick. This reversible board is NSF certified and will not dull your knife! With proper care, this Maple board can last for life! Oiling it with Mystery Oil or Board Cream will keep it looking new. This board is the ideal size for most counter tops. Did you know that maple cutting boards naturally kill bacteria?
Chefs Note: A great board for butchering, then flip it over and carve a large turkey, roast beef or prime rib. Also an excellent choice for a gourmet BBQ. This is the cutting board of choice for all the Chefs here at Chef Depot,
Receive our exclusive John Boos Mystery Oil for Free with any John Boos Cuttingboard purchase (see free offer below).
Emeril, Charlie Trotter, Paul Kahn and many other famous Chefs!
This is a professional Butchers meat saw. It is available in sizes 16 in. and 25 in. (length of blade). These saws will quickly and easily cut through meat and bone. Each saw is made of hardened stainless steel with a razor sharp high carbon steel blade and heavy duty riveted handle!
Chefs Note: With proper care these saws will last forever! This is the best meat/bone saw available today. We have used our saw for over 15 years with the same blade, but we keep a spare blade handy. Replacement blades are also available for $10.00 each, only with a saw purchase, please call us.
16 in. Bone Saw, On Sale $39.95
This our Mundial Multi Tri Stone sharpening system. Each stone is 8 inches long and has a rotating set of three stones. The stones lock in place and have an oil bath underneath. This is one of the best ways to sharpen your fine cutlery. Electric grinders remove a lot of metal, a stone does not. With a dull knife, we start with the rough stone, then the medium and then the fine stone. We finish our cutlery with a diamond sharpening steel. It can be used with oil or water (water requires air drying after each use).
"You get what you pay for!" This multi stone will last for a lifetime of use with proper care!
This is the new 6 inch Messermeister Kullenschliff Boning Knife!
The stiff granton edge knife is crafted from high quality German alloy steel in Solingen Germany. Lifetime Warranty.
Chef Notes: This is a great knife for boning out venison, lamb, veal, beef and chicken! A sweet knife for the price, the stamped blade in nice and thin. Our Chefs have used every German knife made, we conclude these are very high quality and comfortable to use. More are on Page 2 below.
This is a diamond oval sharpening steel that is the choice of more butchers! It has a 10 in. or 12 inch long oval steel that allows for quickly returning the edge to any knife blade. This diamond steel will quickly produce an edge on any good knife with six to ten strokes.
Chefs Note: The sanitary black plastic handle is non slip. The metal ring is nice for hanging nearby the knife block.
Made to last for years of daily use.
12 in. Diamond Sharpening Steel10 in. Diamond Sharpening Steel $26.95
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Once again, testing out our stainless steel gloves. Click Here for the featured handmade Chef Knife!
Chef is using one of his John Boos Maple Cutting Boards! NSF certified.
Master Chefs love our Knives! You can too!
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This is the new Kyocera Ceramic Scraper, it holds an edge without sharpening! It's very comfortable and easy to use.
The ultra sharp ceramic blade scrapes with precision and accuracy every time maintaining a razor-sharp edge for many years!
These tools are made of an advanced, high-tech ceramic, second in hardness only to diamond,
it was originally developed for industrial applications where metal components failed. Almost as hard as diamonds.
Chef Notes: This scraper will clean your workbench, butcher block, cutting boards and even remove paint from your walls!
Ceramic ScraperClick Here for more Ceramic Tools, Peelers, Slicers & Knives!
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List Price $199.99 and up
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Our Exclusive 3 inch thick Dark Walnut Edge Grain Cutting Boards features a radius on the top edges and corners! Finger grooves in the sides make it easy to pick up or flip over. Three sizes, 24 in. x 18 in., 20 in. x 15 in., 18 in. x 12 in. These can be used for chopping, dicing, Slicing and serving! These cutting boards feature a mineral oil finish, made in USA. This hand made piece will be enjoyed by your family and guests! Use the Oil (pictured below) to keep it rich and preserved. These boards meet all NSF standards.
18 in. x 12 x 3 in. Walnut Cutting Board
Product # CDPM18180225-P-NEWTON-PREP-MASTER
Promo Sale $176.95 Plus ***Bonus 16 oz. Wood Treatment***
The new Newton Prep Master Cutting board is perfect for the backyard BBQ or carving a small turkey or roasted pork tenderloin. It features a removable drip tray that can also be used to catch small food, like chopped garlic. The other side is flat! This is the cutting board of choice for all the Chefs here at Chef Depot and many other famous Chefs! John Boos custom makes these exclusive cutting boards for us from first quality Solid Rock Maple, 18 in. by 18 in. x 2 1/4 in. thick and a few other sizes linked below. This reversible board is NSF certified and will not dull your knife! With proper care, this Maple board can last for life! Oiling it with mystery oil, will keep it looking new (available below). This board is the perfect size for smaller counter tops. Did you know that maple cutting boards naturally kill bacteria? More sizes are here!
This is the new red handles 4.5 in. Kyocera Revolution Ceramic Utility Knife & Ceramic Peeler Gift Set. These hold an edge for years, without sharpening. The Revolution series feature an extra hefty black handle and a perfect balance. This is a great ceramic knife, it's very comfortable and easy to use. The weight is about half of steel knives making it comfortable for extended use. The ultra sharp ceramic blade cuts with precision and accuracy every time maintaining a razor-sharp edge for many years. These knives are made of an advanced, high-tech ceramic, second in hardness only to diamond, it was originally developed for industrial applications where metal components failed.
Chef Notes: What a great gift idea! Limited time offer, then they are gone!
Each one of our Revolution knives comes in a beautiful presentation box.
We tested several brands of ceramic knives - Here's the results!
Kyocera was the only knife sharp enough to meet our demands, the others were too dull or the blades were too thin and brittle. Only Kyocera scored very high in sharpness, quality, workmanship, material and warranty. These knives are a great choice for Chefs and Gourmet Cooks! Ceramics are perfect for slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing meats, garlic, carrots, onions, celery, fruits and more
Our Wood Dough Bench Scraper is perfect for working with pastry, bread and pizza doughs! Every baker needs a good scraper! This scraper features a 6 in x 3 in. stainless steel blade and a riveted solid wood handle for years of performance!
Chefs Note: I like to use mine for cutting portions of pizza dough and scraping down the flour on my butcher block. Also a great tool for scraping clean your hardwood cuttingboards!
Product # CD18x12x1/2WHITEPOLYBOARD
List Price $21.99 and up
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This 18 in. x 12 in. x 1/2 in. thick Poly Cutting Board weighs over 4 lbs!
This is the cutting board of choice for all the Chefs here at Chef Depot and many other famous Chefs!
It is used by Emeril and other Chefs on TV and in professional kitchens across the USA!
These Poly Cutting Boards are restaurant quality and can last for years (if used every day).
We use these boards for meats, poultry and fish, they reduce odor transfer. Dishwasher safe. Many sizes are available. We have low prices on all our high quality cutting boards!
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