Big deer leg; logistical problem.

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  1. redbeerd cantu

    redbeerd cantu

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    I have a hunter friend who gave me a large (around 25lb), skinned leg a few months back, which I put into my freezer immediately. It was still fresh.

    I want to break it down and grill some and smoke some, but I don't have anything to defrost it in!

    My fault. I didn't consider this. There's no space in my fridge...AT ALL.

    Leg is too large for my kitchen sink.

    Any ideas?

    Thx
     
  2. lagom

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    How about getting a big, cheep styrofoam cooler and defrosting it in there. Cheep= toss it when your done. Also does your fish monger deliever fish in something like a styro cooler? Clean it or ask for a fresh one. Alt, take it to work and use the walkin there to defrost.
     
  3. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    I would take a bandsaw to it.
     
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  4. panini

    panini

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    Running water and some ice in the bathtub?

    It's 100 + I might have to join in.;>)

    This will make some chefs cringe, but if the venison has not been hung you could hang it in a cool dry place.

    ah, just sayin. We like or deer here in Tx.
     
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  5. flipflopgirl

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    I am jealous.

    Every scrap of our venison is long gone.

    mimi
     
  6. redbeerd cantu

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    Styrofoam cooler...looks like that'll have to do.

    Thx!
     
  7. maryb

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    If you only want to cook a portion of it get a meat saw and hack that much off and leave it frozen.
     
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  8. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Right, seriously, if you don't have a bandsaw take it to a processor and see if they can do something for you.  They'll then wrap it back up, stamp it not for resale and give it back to you.
     
  9. redbeerd cantu

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    I've got a Henckels cleaver that I've never put to use properly yet. This will be perfect.
     
  10. panini

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    Redbeerd,

     I know your in SAN, but I just wanted to say that the leg is very lean. If the deer wasn't processed right it might not be best to throw it on the grill. You will need to add some type of fat. You can lard it, wrap in bacon, there are many ways. Marinating isn't bad either.

    A 25 lb leg is pretty big. As some others said you might want to carry it to a processor. You can then get what you want. Sausage is great. Your processor will have casings, and extra fat if you want Chili meat etc.
     
  11. flipflopgirl

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    Really lean.

    I always had the guys cut a bunch of slices (across the grain of course) for CFS (just pound it thin and take it from there).

    Hack off a hunk and crockpot the heck out of it (in the seasoned broth of your choice) shred and the toss in an oiled pan, reseason and have some awesome tacos.

    mimi

    There is a huge freeze thaw process and refreeze camp of how to/ how not to handle your lean game but we have in a pinch made sausage under those conditions.

    Smoked a bit less, freezer paper wrapped and the entire batch was delish.

    Just sayin'

    m.
     
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    If you take it to somebody with a bandsaw, they can cut in while still frozen; you won't be able to do that with your cleaver. And it would eliminate the need to thaw the whole thing.
     
  13. maryb

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    Everyone should own one of these
    Product: 25" Meat Saw

     in a pinch you can use a paint free blade in a sawszall to cut meat too
     
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  14. everydaygourmet

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    have one and it works great, I use a 2 gallon plastic bag to cover the saw. Re your thaw are you still @ school?, if so just ask use their walk in IF you want to thaw the whole thing. If you're going to do this whole, would braise with whole tomatoes, large can of V8, garlic, leeks, apples or cherries (and juice) lots of whole peppercorns and a couple of bay leaves, braise for 3-4 hrs short of falling off the bone, educe the braising liquid, finish with butter, coat the leg with the sauce, into the oven to brown @450 +for 20 mins + basting every 10 minutes.

    Good luck, like to see some pics.

    Cheers!

    EDG
     
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    What? You mean I've had one all this time and I didn't know it?
     
  16. everydaygourmet

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    lol, sorry Kuan my "" came out /img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gif!, was referring to the SS Sawzall blade, there is also a set of reciprocating saw blades from Cabelas, haven't had the chance to use them, yet. We use it mostly to break down swines and bovines and any other customer that complains. Works Great!!

    Cheers!!!

    EDG
     
  17. mike9

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    I used a Sawzall for years to cut up deer, but I want to finesse it a little more next time so will get a hand meat saw.   Anyway here is a great video of a butcher butchering a deer - a small deer, but the principle is the same.

     
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