Wet aged venison...first attempt

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  1. weekender21

    weekender21 Well-Known Member

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    Most of you know I’ve been spoiled by access to Hawaiian Axis venison the past 8 years. Prior to that most of my adult life hunting was west coast; mule deer, elk, etc. I didn’t really know what to expect from my September buck but after 18 days of aging in the refrigerator I’m very impressed!!!

    Shot 9/21
    Vacuum sealed and refrigerated 9/23
    Grilled 10/08

    2-year-old (I think) buck so maybe not necessary but it was extremely tender and delicious.

    Olive oil, sea salt enjoy!

    *question: can I remove from the freezer and refrigerate for 2-3 weeks with the same results?

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    I age after freezing. Not sure I'm doing it right, but I'm doing it.
    Those steaks look great!

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    I put mine in a cooler with ice and let sit for 2 weeks, draining the water every couple of days and adding ice every day or so. We used to use a refrigerator and trash bags until the fridge went out. Clean up(silver skin, roasts, etc), freeze, enjoy when you want it. Has worked perfectly


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    I freeze first. Then thaw age in fridge.


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    We are fortunate to have a cool room. We skin and dry age I think you call it, for just 4 to 5 days. I think we might try a little longer after reading some of your experiences here. The problem late season can be freezing temps outside and with the cool room option, the Mrs doesn't want anything to do with storing quarters in the fridge.
     
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    I have been wanting to build a walk-in in cooler and I think I am going to go ahead and do it. Small building to hang 2-3 deer with a lot of insulation and a room air conditioner for a cooling unit.
     
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    We’ve had real good luck with ours. We spent the extra cash and got a coolbot.
     
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