The excitement permeates the air when deer hunting season is getting closer for the veteran hunters or even the beginners. We check our hunting camerasto study the activity of the wildlife near our hunting blinds. Thousands of deer hunters head out into the woods each fall, searching for their prizes and food for the family.  Learn about the best states to hunt for white tail deer.


In order to help you with your quest for venison (Deer meat) preservation & cooking, we’re giving you five delicious ways that are popular to veteran hunters.
 

1.Curing

Not everyone has heard of curing venison, but it can be done. By curing venison, it can eliminate the game taste that many people do not like. It can also help to tenderize the meat. There are two methods of curing venison or any meat, wet and dry. Curing meat is one of the simplest ways to preserve, it needs minimal ingredients to be accomplished.


You will need pink salt (Sodium Nitrite), sugar, spices, and kosher or pickling salt, not table salt, unless non-iodized. There are also premade curing mixes available at grocery stores and outdoorsman stores. You will also need a brining bucket, or any type of bucket to hold the meat. It can even be done with a plate, or zipper bag filled with water. Then you will need a place for it to sit while the curing does its job for a few days. Researching the curing of meat will aid you in your quest.


 
2. Freezing


Freezing venison is one of the most popular methods of preserving your deer. As a matter of fact, if you take your meat to the butcher to process it instead of DIY, most will package it up for your freezer in different cuts like hamburger, stew meat, steaks, and roasts or whatever you prefer.


The process of freezing venison is pretty simple. It can be done a few different ways. Many people might wrap the meat, once it’s cut off the carcass, in wax paper then put it in freezer bags. A vacuum sealer is another way to freeze the meat, they come with special bags and work better than store-bought freezer bags which can end up with holes in them causing freezer burn to your meat. Another way would be to use butcher paper to wrap it, then you won’t need plastic freezer bags, but they can be used.


When preparing the venison, an important factor to remember is to clean the meat the best you can. This means cleaning out any dirt and removing the membrane (silver skin) for the best tenderness.


 
3. Canning


The method of canning food has been around for a long time because there aren’t many food products that cannot be canned, including venison. For a better canning experience use stew meat and scraps from the various meat cuts to can.

> Some benefits of canning include:

  • Includes only the preservatives you add.
  • In a power outage, the meat will not ruin.
  • It’s less expensive.
  • Can make meal prep faster.


A good tip to remember is that adding liquid to the canned product is not needed with venison, it produces its own juices. In order to can properly, consider researching tutorials on how to can for the best results.


 
4. Jerky


Deer jerky is another way to preserve your venison. The process of making jerky starts with dehydrating or drying the meat. A dehydrator can be found at your local outdoor stores, big-name department stores, and often at garage sales or resale stores. Dehydrating the venison can be done at home also with the use of your oven at low temperatures and the help of a wild game cookbook, but proceed with caution if drying at home. Using updated processing methods will ensure it is done correctly.


 
5. Smoking


Smoked venison is delicious and can be accomplished by mostly anyone. If you do not have an outdoor smokehouse, it can still be done in a smoker with applewood, cherry wood, or mesquite. Smoked meat is a popular delicatessen to many people and a special treat for your venison making it even tastier. By researching it a few hours, you can learn how to smoke venisonor any other meat for a meal or snack.



During the off-season, deer hunters will view the trail cameras they’ve secured near their hunting spots before their trip to the woods. The use of game cameras can help determine many things such as the best time of day to hunt, what predators are near that could hurt the hunt, what time the deer are inactive or not running in the area, if there are any bigger bucks in the area, and most important, whether it is rutting season or not.



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