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Old 12-17-2021, 12:34 AM   #1
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Process your meat at home OR take to processor?
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Old 12-17-2021, 01:09 AM   #2
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I do my own and have for years. But looking into the wait times of my local area, I'm in talks about opening my own processor.
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Old 12-17-2021, 01:11 AM   #3
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Old 12-17-2021, 01:21 AM   #4
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Home, when I was young we did not have money for anything else. I did not know a processor or anyone who used one. Now it is just part of what I do. I have taken my meat for grind it a couple of times.
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Old 12-17-2021, 01:32 AM   #5
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We've always process at home

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Old 12-17-2021, 02:48 AM   #6
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Home. Same as plano above, growing up we couldn't afford a processor.

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Old 12-17-2021, 04:48 AM   #7
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Home.......if there are any problems, I know who's to blame, whose meat I've got, and exactly how it was handled every step of the way.
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Old 12-17-2021, 05:13 AM   #8
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Home. From the field to the freezer, I know how the meat was taken care of. That being said, I am about whooped this year with about 5 more left to process this year. It's a little work, but for me worth it. Between my 2 kids and me I'm doing 10 to 15 per year, the way I look at it is $ saved for corn, lease payment, etc.

Question for those getting a processor to do it, what is the cost$ for a quartered deer to do ? last I remember it was 75.00 - 100.00 to debone and process
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Old 12-17-2021, 05:19 AM   #9
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Home.......if there are any problems, I know who's to blame, whose meat I've got, and exactly how it was handled every step of the way.
This.
I've always wondered how well they handled the meat with low paid employees and think that a lot more so this past couple years. Same with meat one buys at the store. It has to be touched by lots of people and moved onto trucks and in/out of refrigeration at least a few times.

I understand people who like to have good sausage, jerky, links made from their deer taking it to a processor though. That stuff isn't easy. I just grind mine.
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Old 12-17-2021, 05:30 AM   #10
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I have only taken the last 3 deer to a processor (JT`s Deer Processing). I know him personally and trust him and his operation completely. I have all of the equipment and 26 year's' experience cutting meat and managing a meat market. I just decided that I don`t need the practice anymore after cutting up my own and my sons for almost 40 years. I just have to wash out the back of my truck when I get home. Money well spent. Now, if I didn`t know him personally I might feel different about taking it to a processor. Having a lease close to home and a processor now (15 miles away) instead 1.5 hours away and not camping at lease like we did for the last 20 years also is factored in.
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Old 12-17-2021, 05:46 AM   #11
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Processor - this year we brought them to an Amish locker. $80 per deer all-in for steaks and burger.
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Old 12-17-2021, 05:57 AM   #12
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Home. Already have all the equipment, seasonings, and know how I want everything.

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Old 12-17-2021, 06:11 AM   #13
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About 50 50.
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Old 12-17-2021, 06:24 AM   #14
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The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 12-17-2021, 06:29 AM   #15
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Old 12-17-2021, 06:32 AM   #16
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Old 12-17-2021, 06:37 AM   #17
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Old 12-17-2021, 06:38 AM   #18
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Home. If you use a processor and have any part ground you don’t know what you get back.
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Old 12-17-2021, 06:41 AM   #19
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Always at HOME.......
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Old 12-17-2021, 06:56 AM   #20
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:03 AM   #21
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Home because most processors mix meat. Like sausage making. And to see the way some hunters drop off their kill is amazingly stupid. Saw one guy a few years back with two Does in the back of a trailer driving in the pouring rain and all the road yuck of oils and greases filling the deer cavity all the while it was 80 degrees.

Yep, Pulled into Cinnamon Cheek.

I quarter and ice all kills.
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:06 AM   #22
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I've always done mine at home. I guess I'll keep on doing it that way.
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:13 AM   #23
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Home, built a room just for this .

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Old 12-17-2021, 07:14 AM   #24
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Home. Cut up deer for a processor for years for extra coin Miss his stuff though. The knee kick stuffer and southern pride smoker and krio vac machines were awesome and he had high school kids to clean everything up so all I did was process.
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:17 AM   #25
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I processor like a mofo.

I also don’t go to the gym.
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:18 AM   #26
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There’s no place like home.
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:30 AM   #27
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Home...by a long shot. We really enjoy the full circle thing. I think the meat is MUCH better as well.
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:32 AM   #28
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Both. Debone at home, pack trim in vacuum bag 15#/ bag. Local meat market does 15 pound batches of sticks, smoked dogs and polish sausage. Summer sausage is a 30 pound batch.
On top of that, we’ll bring in some after Easter and some before our archery season. The turn around is typically 3-5 days in the off season if they know we’re coming.
Sometimes we’ll make brats, sticks, summer sausage and burger at home, but as good as we get it, it’s still not quite as good as what we pay to have done.
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:35 AM   #29
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:35 AM   #30
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i do it at home. It has always been hard for me to pay someone else to do something i can do myself, especially when it is as easy as this is
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:39 AM   #31
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Home, my family enjoys the whole experience and makes cooking even better.

Trying our first attempt making jerky in the oven with my daughter is a life long memory…so much fun


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Old 12-17-2021, 07:43 AM   #32
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:49 AM   #33
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:49 AM   #34
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Old 12-17-2021, 07:52 AM   #35
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Home.

Just like with anything else I need done, from auto repairs to constructions, I can buy the tools needed for what it costs to pay someone.

Plus I learn every time I do something.



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Old 12-17-2021, 08:10 AM   #36
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We always used to home process. Life got hectic so i started using a local processor in Crosby. I dropped off two deer early in the season two hundred dollars later i had my meat back. So next year I'm going to home process.
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Old 12-17-2021, 08:11 AM   #37
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Old 12-17-2021, 08:13 AM   #38
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My dad was a butcher when I was growing up. I process mine at home.
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Old 12-17-2021, 08:14 AM   #39
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Processor always!

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Old 12-17-2021, 08:14 AM   #40
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Home for everything except I got a Tamale guy. He isnt a “processor” but him and his wife make tamales I could only dream of.


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Old 12-17-2021, 08:20 AM   #41
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Home. Finding a processor that uses your meat, for a reasonable price in a reasonable time frame is like finding gold anymore.
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Old 12-17-2021, 08:27 AM   #42
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Home. I can have a deer streaked out and vacuum sealed in 30 minutes. I will cut and package all the trimmings up and wait to grind till I get a couple deer. Haven’t got into the smoked sausage making yet other than pan sausage but hoping to do some this year.
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Old 12-17-2021, 09:49 AM   #43
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Home, but I'll take a batch of meat to be processed into sausage. That will change once I find time to do sausage myself, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
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Old 12-17-2021, 09:54 AM   #44
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Home, except when I want sausage. After I retire will probably do my own sausage too.
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Old 12-17-2021, 09:55 AM   #45
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Home, but I think that has influenced my decision to stop shooting nearly as many deer these days.
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Old 12-17-2021, 09:58 AM   #46
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Mary and I take over the kitchen with our deer and we do the whole thing ourselves. We have two freezers we try to keep full, but this year we haven't done so well.
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Old 12-17-2021, 10:00 AM   #47
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Old 12-17-2021, 10:01 AM   #48
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Old 12-17-2021, 10:10 AM   #49
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This year was my first year to do my own. Mainly cuz processors were full last year so bought equipment, but somewhat cost and wanting to have all my meat. To answer someone else, always having hunted out west we paid about 80-100 for steaks/burger. Bought land east Texas, and the processors around here are about 150 for the same thing. Gets expensive when you shoot a few deer
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Old 12-17-2021, 10:21 AM   #50
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