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Old 12-28-2008, 11:38 PM   #11
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I never let venison age. I don't see the point, it does not have the fat content and marbling of corn fed beef. I have left them for a day, or two, just due to the fact that I didn't have the time to do it right then.

Antelope I never let age, get em quartered, boned, cut and in the freeze as quickly as possible.

I had a client 8 years ago that was a game processor and needed some extra help during the season. I always wanted to learn more, so signed up to help for 4 nights a week for about a month. We had an elk that was left in a horse trailer for 4 days. That was nasty! We were skinning it and when the front shoulders were opened up it was the foulest thing I have ever smelled.

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Old 12-29-2008, 01:41 AM   #12
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I never let venison age. I don't see the point, it does not have the fat content and marbling of corn fed beef.
Marbling or fat content have nothing to do with it.

Aging is a controlled process where bacteria are allowed to start breaking down the fibers of the meat.

Letting the deer hang for 6 to 10 days (depending on temperature) results in more tender, flavorful venison.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:49 PM   #13
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Marbling or fat content have nothing to do with it.

Aging is a controlled process where bacteria are allowed to start breaking down the fibers of the meat.

Letting the deer hang for 6 to 10 days (depending on temperature) results in more tender, flavorful venison.
True story! Let an elk age for a couple weeks at least. If it smells like ammonia though you need to chuck it in the garbage. As someone else said, trust your nose!
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