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PostSubject: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 4:16 pm

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Gents I need your opinions or first hand knowledge on this subject. I have 14 packages of deer steaks and or ground meat left from the NOV 2014 SEASON. It's been frozen all this time. My question is..............
Is this meat still good and has anyone eaten meat that is approx 18 months old Question Personally I hope it's still good scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 4:19 pm

As long as there's no freezer burn i'd eat it.

If it's green and smells like my old socks. Ignore me. pirat

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 4:32 pm

If I have a good year, it stays frozen until we eat it. I killed 7 deer 4 years ago and it took 2 3/4 years to eat it all.
I'm still around. ..... Archeologists ate mammoth steaks that were thousands of years old. It didn't hurt them.

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 4:58 pm

The longest period venison managed to stay uneaten in my freezer was right around 18 months and it was fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 4:59 pm

I've still got dove from the great slaughter of 2013.  Tasty as ever.  

Deer is good for at 2-years of kept frozen and no freezer burn.
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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 5:19 pm

cheers cheers cheers

Thanks gents Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation I knew I could count on you guys.

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 5:52 pm

I noticed you did not call for help to eat any of it... Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 5:59 pm

Ray,
We had some 2012 elk steaks tonight and they were just like fresh meat. The secret is to wrap tight and get the air out. Several plastic wraps and taped, then several freezer paper wraps and taped. It has always worked for us.

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 22nd 2016, 7:45 pm

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Thanks all. I am going to enjoy that buck and doe that's in the freezer. Because it's 1.5 years old, I'm going to have to taste it before I ask for help to eat it. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 23rd 2016, 11:47 am

@John Neslen wrote:
Ray,
We had some 2012 elk steaks tonight and they were just like fresh meat. The secret is to wrap tight and get the air out. Several plastic wraps and taped, then several freezer paper wraps and taped. It has always worked for us.

John

John is right, Ray.
My wife wraps it in 2 layers of Saran wrap, 2 sheets of butcher paper, and puts several packages into large Zip-Lok bags before putting it in the freezer.
Last night she made teriyaki out of 2013 deer round steak. It was good.

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 23rd 2016, 12:02 pm

Ray, send it to me I'll eat it. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 23rd 2016, 12:16 pm

I can't speak directly to deer meat, but the FDA and others say that uncooked beef and pork will last 6-12 months. Ground meat will last 3-4 months.
Those estimates are very conservative to be on the safe side. I think that 18 months for beef and pork is reasonable. I wouldn't keep ground meat much longer than recommended.
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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 23rd 2016, 3:41 pm

The process of grinding meat makes it more susceptible to bacteria and that could be why it has a shorter "shelf life".
I have always boned and removed all fat from meat before freezing. Burger meat is left in chunks and froze. Every couple months we thaw and grind some, what we will not use in the next few days goes in plastic freezer bags for use next week etc.
Bone marrow and fat left in/on meat will shorten the "shelf life" IMHO.
When cooking burger on the griddle we add about 1/4 weight of Jimmy Dean sausage for flavor and still have lean meat.

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 23rd 2016, 3:56 pm

No matter who grinds the meat, the butcher or you, every grinding, plus exposed fat added, etc., adds to the bacterial count. With thousands of times more surface area, there is a much greater chance for contamination. The more bacteria, the shorter the shelf life before spoilage.

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PostSubject: Re: Deer Meat...........   May 23rd 2016, 7:42 pm

Right on Bob!

That is what I wanted to say but this old mind could not organize my thoughts into the correct print.

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