Sunday, January 30, 2011

Processing the Deer

After we field dressed the deer it was time to start processing the deer.

First we had to skin it out

The Final product

Summer Sausage

Vacuum Packed Steaks

And lots of Jerky

Jerky out of the dehydrator

Of course before it got to this point we had to do a lot of cutting grinding and mixing.

First thing was to remove all the meat

Then cut it into smaller pieces and remove all the silver seam and fat.

Grinder loaded and ready to go

Hopper full

Grinding the deer meat for Jerky and Summer Sausage

Grinding the pork loin to add into the Summer Saugage

Mixing the Deer, Pork Cheese and Jalapenos for the Summer Saugage

Heating up the smoker the lower temp the better the first few hours

loading up the Summer Sausage

Smoking and cooking complete

Final product

Nothing like eating you own processed, food knowing everything that goes into it!

Son's first Deer

I haven't had time to do much blogging lately so I thought I would do a little catching up. In my last post we were going deer hunting, my son shot his first deer on the first day he hunted which was on a Monday morning. I hunted on Saturday and had seen a nice 8 pointer that I didn't shoot hoping my son would be able to take him. He only had a couple of days to hunt due to school, that morning we had only been seeing does, late in the morning this little buck came in and I told him to go ahead and take him since his time was limited.

Of course that evening I went back to the same stand and the 8 pointer came through about the time I got into the stand. Since we had meat I didn't take him, we will let him grow some more.

Until next time'