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Old 12-21-2009, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default Deer Meat...How long will it keep on ice?

Hoe long will it keep in a cooler on ice before going bad? I have had some on ice for about 7 days now. Is it bad?
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:42 AM   #2
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I've done it that long and not had a problem. As long as you've kept it iced and drained well. Beef is aged for 7 days, on average.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:43 AM   #3
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As long as it is Ice then you are fine but I would do something with it pretty quick, in the next day or two.

I know many, many people that will "bleed out" their deer for a week before processing in ice chests. They drain the water and add more ice and do that every day for a while.

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Old 12-21-2009, 10:45 AM   #4
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I always keep mine on ice 5-7 days with no problem. As long as you keep it packed you are fine.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:46 AM   #5
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A few of my deer this year have sat for 7 days in the cooler (plug pulled, tipped at 45 degrees, always covered with ice). No problem at all, though I wouldn't go any longer. Preference is 5 days, but one tends to get lazy now and then.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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Make sure the drain can drip but is not open.

But I always do mine for 5-6 days. But like others said do not let it sit in the ice water, just in the ice. I think it makes the meat a lot better so instead of thinking it's bad you should be thinking about how good it will be...if it was iced right the whole time.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:48 AM   #7
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It's all about the temp -- keep it cold and it will stay good forever.....

I used to keep my igloo inside the walk-in cooler for two weeks, the deer would hang in the freezer for up to ten days, then be quartered, then go in the super cold ice chest -- it would stay good for another week till I could get everything to the processor.

Don't leave the cooler sitting in the sun, the meat on top will go bad, and the ice won't last as long.

And just crack the drain cap, don't leave it open....
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:49 AM   #8
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It's still good, like the others said keep it cold!
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:50 AM   #9
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Cooked some yesterday that had been 12 days with no problem. Just make sure you drain and the meat is not stuck together or it will spoil if it does not get cool all around. We have spent 3 weeks hunting and killed the first day and never had a problem.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:02 AM   #10
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That will be some dang good meat. I keep mine on ice at least 5 days. Is an amazing the difference in taste aging on ice makes.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:13 AM   #11
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I keep mine covered with ice, draining the water twice a day for 2 weeks.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:36 AM   #12
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Should be fine....my experience, after processing approx 100 deer myself in the past 22 years (plus an elk this year), is that it if you keep it cold (with ice or in a fridge) it will stay fresh for 3.5 weeks. In other words, you have 3.5 weeks to get in the freezer.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:56 AM   #13
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we keep ours in the fridge on cookie sheets (covered with plastic wrap) for seven days and we flip it every day then wrap it and stick it in the freezer. At the end of the season we thaw everything out and cut off the bad parts then process it.

forgot to add that the dogs get all the scraps that we cut off.

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Old 12-21-2009, 12:09 PM   #14
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Hoe long will it keep in a cooler on ice before going bad? I have had some on ice for about 7 days now. Is it bad?
If it has been on ice the whole time, you are fine. I try for two weeks, but have left it as long as three with no problems. Meat gets a richer flavor, and is more tender.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:12 PM   #15
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I've done it that long and not had a problem. As long as you've kept it iced and drained well. Beef is aged for 7 days, on average.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:14 PM   #16
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I have had ice on it the whole time. Not covered per say, but there has always been ice on it or in the cooler. It has been in the garage and I have drained it 3 or 4 times. It just seems to have a little smell to it and that is why I ask. May not be a rancud odor, but I don't know the difference. The deer hung in a cooler for a day or two, then were put in an ice chests and have been there since Sunday a week ago. Still Good?
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:38 PM   #17
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I have had ice on it the whole time. Not covered per say, but there has always been ice on it or in the cooler. It has been in the garage and I have drained it 3 or 4 times. It just seems to have a little smell to it and that is why I ask. May not be a rancud odor, but I don't know the difference. The deer hung in a cooler for a day or two, then were put in an ice chests and have been there since Sunday a week ago. Still Good?
The good news is your nose is pretty good at avoiding bacteria filled meat.

The bad news is we are all a little paranoid...

Either get it colder (freeze it) or cook it soon.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:43 PM   #18
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I am taking it to the processor today and I will let them tell me if it is bad or not I guess. It's two axis does so I really hope it is not.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:57 PM   #19
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28 days is what a "real" butcher told me
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:59 PM   #20
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I bet its bad and my brother lives in the woodlands so take it by his house and Ill properly dispose of that nasaty axis meat.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:10 PM   #21
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I keep mine covered with ice, draining the water twice a day for 2 weeks.
I do the exact same thing, and have not had any problems
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:21 PM   #22
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your fine, take to processor and enjoy some really good aged meat.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:36 PM   #23
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28 days is what a "real" butcher told me
I leave my in the cooler for 21-28 days (skin on)...would have no problem doing the same w/ quarters but it would be a chore for that long. Gotta keep it out of the water.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #24
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I just got through processing a deer yesterday that I had quartered and on ice for 15 days. It was frozen when I put it in the cooler, and I kept ice on it until I processed it. It was still fine and is resting in vacuum sealed bags in my freezer waiting on my culinary skills.

Your deer may smell a little gamey, but go inside a beef processing place, and they smell also. If it's just a little smelly, it's okay. If it smells bad, throw it out.

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Old 12-21-2009, 05:00 PM   #25
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I dont like to keep my meat on ice for more than 7 days. That is good packed ice with liquid drained no less than once a day, a couple times a day is ideal.
I do believe in dry aging in a refriderator up to 18 -20 days. I check it daily and pat down with towels to not let it sit in any bloody liquid what so ever.
Fridge temp needs to be between 33-35 degrees. It gets a really sweat smell to it when its ready. if you go to long trust me the smell is not sweet and there is no ??? if it has gone bad.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:53 PM   #26
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I also have had deer on ice for up to 14 days and as long as you keep it covered and covered in ice and drained it should be ok, however I tried it on a doe axis one time and it went bad. Had to trash it, such a waste.
I would not recommend it on a axis, but it could have been just one of those things.
If it has a smell to it…may be to late.
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:47 PM   #27
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I just finished grinding my hagerman doe this past Saterday after let her sit in a ice chest for two weeks. I drained it everyday and added new ice everyday,and no problems.
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:15 PM   #28
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Did you have the baby and forget about the meat???
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:41 PM   #29
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Ill keep mine in cooler 4-5 days if part of it is messed up from shot,otherwise process soon as possible,now if you muscle out or cube,makes more sense,cause your not doing anything to the inside of that quarter by leaving it in cooler.JMO
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:50 PM   #30
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Oh my GOD, I would not eat that meat. Just Jokin, keep on ice you should be fine. I promise you, you don't want to know how they age meat in Brazil & Polland.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:57 PM   #31
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still good
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:10 PM   #32
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3 weeks is ok but keep it out of the water
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