Saturday, August 22, 2009
Use care with utensils and dishes. Raw meat juices may contain bacteria. Never put cooked meat back on a tray or platter that has not been washed with soap and warm water.
Wash your hands well after handling raw meat.
Pregnant women may want to check with their obstetrician before eating venison. Certain diseases are carried in wild game that may cause problems in pregnancy.
Like any meat, an offensive odor or "sticky" surface feel indicates raw meat might be spoiled.
Friday, August 21, 2009
This is Kenneth Cordray writing to ya’ll about antlers in velvet. Over the past few weeks I have had many questions about how to treat that early season buck that you want to save. I can do a shoulder mount, an antler mount, or just preserve them for you to nail up on the barn!
Velvet is a living part of the deer, just like the meat. And antlers in velvet are one of the fastest growing living tissues in nature. So to keep the velvet on that special buck in good condition, there are a few things that need to be done.
-Treat velvet like meat. Get the antlers cooled quickly.
- Be sure you don’t soak them in water. They’ll begin growing bacteria and ruin.
- Be gentle with velvet covered antlers. Try not to bump or drag them on the ground.
-Get those antlers to me quickly so that they can be treated.
I have all the necessary chemicals to treat your velvet antlers to ensure they last. We only see velvet covered deer for about 2 weeks into the season. So get out there and get you one!
Cooked products - anything smoked and ready to eat - are also vacuum sealed in plastic bags. These may be kept in the sealed bags for up to three weeks as long as the vacuum seal remains unbroken (there is no air in the bag). Once you open the bag to use part of the package, leave it open in the refrigerator so the product can "breathe". Smoked meats tend to mold if tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. For best flavor retention, store cooked venison in the freezer and take out only what you will use immediately. Even jerky, which has a refrigerator storage life of months, has better flavor if kept in the freezer until you are ready to use it. Our forefathers kept dried venison jerky for months, but you can bet it tasted like shoe leather!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Bringing your venison in to Cordray's can be done is several ways. We prefer you bring whole unskinned freshly harvested carcasses. We will clean and wash the carcass and hang it whole. We also accept deer that you have skinned and cleaned according to safe handling practices. You may also bring in fresh venison pieces kept on ice. Frozen meat is accepted from August 15th to September 14th and the second Saturday in January. Please note our operating hours to avoid a wasted trip.