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Butchering and Quartering

I shot an 8pt and a doe today. 8 pt was 5 on one side and 3 on the other . My hunting buddy also shot a nice 7 pt. Due to the warm weather we brought them home and started the butchering process. I skin the deer and take the back straps, tenderloins, and rumps out. My question is there is usually hair on the meat once I cut it out. I have heard of guys skinning and then using a torch to burn any hair on the meat then quarter. Is this effective and what are the downfalls of the method?
After I quarter my meat I rinse the meat with cold water and allow to sit and dry in the air and then package in ziplocks for freezing. I did this last year and it worked out well. Is there any problem with the water rinse as long as the meat is fairly dry before freezing?
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Re: Butchering and Quartering

i just put each quarter in a plastic tub and rinsed them good with a garden hose and wiped with my hand then dried them with paper towels. then cut it up.
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Re: Butchering and Quartering

what you're doing is fine.

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Re: Butchering and Quartering

i skin my deer then wash it with a hose inside and out to get any nasties off and then let it hang and drip dry for a good while then wipe with distilled vinegar just a little and dry for about 30 min the butcher
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Water = bacteria,as gmax says vinegar is the way to go........
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obviously temperature would be a factor
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Re: Butchering and Quartering

I wash the meat then age it in a bucket of brine for a couple weeks. Any hair washes off in the first rinse or comes off during the soak and brine changes.

Never heard about burning the hair off. Seems weird since running water is a standard at most places these days.

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torch works fine
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