We had spices, wood for the meat-smoker and a dehydrator. Dusty, Karlee, Brad, and I cut up the deer that Dusty had shot yesterday. -
I really knew very little about the process, but we left the deer to hang from the back legs for a full day, the cold, in order for the rest of the blood to run out of the neck where we had removed the head. On the table, we cut all of the fat from the deer. -
We had removed the hide yesterday. Between the hide and the muscle is a sort of membrane separating the two. You just pull down on the hide and use a sharp knife to touch and lightly cut against the membrane and the hide separates itself. Today, Brad said to Dusty, “You can see that the deer did not run much.” I asked how he knew. Brad pointed to the fat that is white and showed me where there was a little bit of foam. He said the foam comes from running because the deer is burning the fat. There was very little foam laying on the muscle. The foam is in the area where the membrane separates the hide from the muscle. -
We cut all of the fat off of the muscle and put it into a throw away bin. Then we de-boned, the name of the process for removing all of the eatable muscle for meat. When we had good cuts of meat, we sliced it into ¼ inch strips that we mixed with pork fat in a grinder that we also mixed with spices to make sausages. It seemed strange to be cutting out all of the deer-fat to later add pig-fat to make sausage, but Dusty explained that deer fat is dryer and pork fat is greasier which makes for better sausages.
The more you know…
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