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Old 03-27-2023, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default Hog on ice question

Daughter shot a sow a week ago Saturday. Iíve had it covered in ice with the cooler plug open and had the intention of processing it this past weekend, but life got in the way. Will it be okay until Wednesday or possibly this weekend?
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Old 03-27-2023, 11:12 PM   #2
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Unless you've had Salt in there with it, i'd say absolutely not. Toss that pig and get her another one.
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:13 AM   #3
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I have kept quartered deer like that for two weeks. I'm not sure about wild hogs. I don't see why not.
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:37 AM   #4
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Skinned...heck ya. Skin on...I'd pass
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:46 AM   #5
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Yes its fine. Bet it ends up being one of the better hogs you've ever had.
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Old 03-28-2023, 01:25 AM   #6
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If it doesn't stink then it is fine..
If it has a slick/slimey feeling on the surface I would feed the coyotes with it.
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Old 03-28-2023, 05:53 AM   #7
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Yes its fine. Bet it ends up being one of the better hogs you've ever had.

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Old 03-28-2023, 07:35 AM   #8
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I would not be scared of a pig on ice for 2 weeks.
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Old 03-28-2023, 07:43 AM   #9
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No problem at all. Itís getting mo betta.
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:00 AM   #10
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I shot a mulie several years back that was rank from being on sage and also rutting. I did exactly what you’re doing with a constant stream of fresh ice and open drain plug. That sucker turned out good.
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:24 AM   #11
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As long as you have not let the ice melt in the cooler, it's good. I have done the same thing to a couple of deer I shot, then the nilgai. Meat was great. I have since learned that the flavor of the meat is supposed to improve, if you let it sit on ice or in a cooler for a two weeks. The longest I have let something sit on ice, was five days.

So far the best wild game I have ever eaten, by far, was a mule deer, I shot and left on ice for five days. I still don't know if that deer was going to be great eating no matter when I butchered it, or if it had anything to do, with it being on ice for five days. That meat, was very tender and tasted great.
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:26 AM   #12
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:35 AM   #13
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It will be great. Like others said, if it stinks or has a slimy film then toss it. Bet it will taste great.
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:42 AM   #14
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Just closer to tofu.
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:56 AM   #15
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As long as you have not let the ice melt in the cooler, it's good. I have done the same thing to a couple of deer I shot, then the nilgai. Meat was great. I have since learned that the flavor of the meat is supposed to improve, if you let it sit on ice or in a cooler for a two weeks. The longest I have let something sit on ice, was five days.

So far the best wild game I have ever eaten, by far, was a mule deer, I shot and left on ice for five days. I still don't know if that deer was going to be great eating no matter when I butchered it, or if it had anything to do, with it being on ice for five days. That meat, was very tender and tasted great.

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Old 03-28-2023, 09:02 AM   #16
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Itíll be fine.


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Old 03-28-2023, 09:12 AM   #17
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Ice is fine. Keep the meat dry or prepare to throw it away.
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Old 03-28-2023, 09:19 AM   #18
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Pork is different than venison/beef. If it is slimy or smells, I would toss it. If not, cut a bit off, sear it quickly and give it a test bite. If it tastes fine, proceed with processing it, if not, coyote bait.
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Old 03-28-2023, 10:05 AM   #19
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Thanks all. I’ve left deer in the cooler for 2 weeks and never had an issue. Just wasn’t sure about hog.

It’s has fresh ice on it daily and have kept the water draining. That makes me feel better about waiting until this weekend when I’m not in a rush.
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Old 03-28-2023, 11:35 AM   #20
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i've left hogs and deer that way for 5 days several times. curious how this turns out
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:05 PM   #21
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Probably still safer than anything at a Chinese buffet.
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:54 PM   #22
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I leave just about everything I shoot, on ice for 5-7 days. Hog my son shot this season, was a sow, and it froze outside. Single digits. I had ice on it, left it in cooler. Then took it to processor as soon as I was able to get there. Its been great!
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Old 03-28-2023, 01:19 PM   #23
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58 degrees is what i've heard is max temp before bacteria will form .. so as long as you didn't run out of ice , i'd imagine it would be ok for a few days that way ..
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:02 PM   #24
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No problem at all. Itís getting mo betta.
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As long as it's been on ice and drained it's good to go
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Old 03-28-2023, 08:25 PM   #25
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You fellas who leave the drain plug open. I’ve left mine open and a deer sit 4-5 days until the next weekend to process.. even adding ice on top the bottom develops a Ice layer with a small hollow spot than isn’t as cold as it needs to be. Deer ended up having a funny taste/ smell when I processed it.. anyone else experienced this?
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Old 03-28-2023, 10:40 PM   #26
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You fellas who leave the drain plug open. Iíve left mine open and a deer sit 4-5 days until the next weekend to process.. even adding ice on top the bottom develops a Ice layer with a small hollow spot than isnít as cold as it needs to be. Deer ended up having a funny taste/ smell when I processed it.. anyone else experienced this?

Yes. But I am not 100% sure it was the ice. I know what you mean in terms of ice creating that layer at top. Was not sure because deer was 5.5 and full rut. Not sure the ice or deer was the issue.


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