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Playing a butcher

Postby Greenheadindy » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:52 am

Who butchers their own deer? I shot a 6 point Sunday and finished putting it in the freezer this morning. I really, really need an electric grinder. Every year I swear I'm going to buy one, but I'm super cheap and very stubborn. At any rate, the freezer is full so I can go back to staring at empty skies in the hopes of seeing ducks.

If anyone has had good experiences with affordable electric grinders, post up some info. Thanks!
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby OmegaRed » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:01 pm

Greenheadindy wrote:Who butchers their own deer? I shot a 6 point Sunday and finished putting it in the freezer this morning. I really, really need an electric grinder. Every year I swear I'm going to buy one, but I'm super cheap and very stubborn. At any rate, the freezer is full so I can go back to staring at empty skies in the hopes of seeing ducks.

If anyone has had good experiences with affordable electric grinders, post up some info. Thanks!


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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby steelshotslayer » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:23 pm

Biggers better in the grinder world especially if you are doing more than 2 or 3 deer a year. I have a 1hp commercial grade and love the thing.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby SpinnerMan » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:28 pm

steelshotslayer wrote:Biggers better in the grinder world especially if you are doing more than 2 or 3 deer a year. I have a 1hp commercial grade and love the thing.

:thumbsup:

I have a small cheap one and it gets the job done, but I wish I had a much bigger one. Just making hamburg is not too bad, but if I want to then stuff some sausage (that just sounds wrong :yes: ), it takes too long.

Error on getting more than you think you need. I wish I had.

Mine is the cheapest one from Gander Mountain that cost about $100. I've put a lot of miles on it and it still does the job, but as steelshotslayer said, bigger is better in the grinder world. That's my only complaint.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Professor_Leakey » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:48 pm

the LEM grinder i bought at basspro has been real good to me. i love it.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby La. Hunter » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:04 pm

I'll have to look at what brand grinder we use, but I think it was about $150 at Academy several years ago. What takes us forever is the vacuseal process. We bought one of the cheap seal-a-meals and it takes forever. My father in law bought a Vacmaster VP112 and had it shipped home while he was on his elk hunt in Colorado and that thing is nice. He brought it by so we could use it on the couple of deer we've put up this year and it is a lot easier than the seal-a-meal. I'm debating on buying my own, even though they are about $600, but he told us we can use his whenever.

By the way, we = my wife. I clean the deer and she processes them.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby SpinnerMan » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:14 pm

La. Hunter wrote:By the way, we = my wife. I clean the deer and she processes them.

That's cool. My wife does not help process them at all :no:

Although, she will handle the sausage when I'm stuffing it. :lol3:

That's actually true. Just no cutting and grinding.

She's a city girl. The first time I brought a deer home and butchered it, I think she had the vision of Texas Chainsaw Massacre in her head. She went out and looked in the garage when I was done and I think she was shocked it was not a mess :rolleyes:
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Greenheadindy » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:24 pm

I get some help from the gf, but it isn't her favorite thing to do by any means. I'm not complaining though, any help is better than none. I have never used any vacuum seal products, have always just wrapped in butcher paper and taped shut. It goes pretty quick, so never had an issue with freezer burn. Maybe if I buy a decent grinder that speeds up the process, I'll think about getting one and shooting more deer.

I'm super jealous of the 1hp grinder, sounds like the kind of toy I need. Though the $150 one is probably more up my alley.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby lbhansford » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:38 pm

Professor_Leakey wrote:the LEM grinder i bought at basspro has been real good to me. i love it.



x2 on this. Had mine for 2 years this christmas now and grinded 8 or 9 deer through it and still works like a charm.

gf keeps the beverages coming while i do all the work but hey its something right? :thumbsup:
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby 18javelin » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:13 pm

My wife helps after its off the bone cuts cleans and wraps it. Getting a grinder for Christmas. LEM brand 3/4 hp from in laws. Been cutting our deer since I was 7-8 years old. Almost 30 years experience.


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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Professor_Leakey » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:20 pm

18javelin wrote:LEM brand 3/4 hp from in laws.Tapatalk


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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Fatback » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:24 pm

Go big with grinders... Lots of power if you can. Vacuum sealing is the way to go, I vac most of my meat, you'll remove remove risk of freezer burn, defrosting is clean an wont bleed out in your fridge, hell you can even "wet" age... Although I call bullsh@t on wet aging but will keep meat from spoiling for a month or longer in the fridge...if its done right ImageImageImage


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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby steelshotslayer » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:25 pm

Yea it comes in handy but when your doing 15+ deer a year. Me and my wife only eat venison so we normally do 5 for us. Then my father and step mother usually takes 4 or 5. Along with my younger brother who normally take 5 or so it comes in handy when making 60 lbs of sausage or grinding 70 lbs of ground.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby La. Hunter » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:54 pm

SpinnerMan wrote:
La. Hunter wrote:By the way, we = my wife. I clean the deer and she processes them.

That's cool. My wife does not help process them at all :no:

Although, she will handle the sausage when I'm stuffing it. :lol3:

That's actually true. Just no cutting and grinding.

She's a city girl. The first time I brought a deer home and butchered it, I think she had the vision of Texas Chainsaw Massacre in her head. She went out and looked in the garage when I was done and I think she was shocked it was not a mess :rolleyes:


The first deer or two that I killed after we were married, I took to a butcher and she wasn't satisfied. Her dad showed her how to process them and we've never looked back. We will put up between 2 and 6 deer a year, so whatever she needs to speed up her process is fine by me. I spend enough money every year planting for deer and everything else, that I don't mind spending the extra money for quality equipment for her.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby dave79 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:26 pm

Just put a pulley on a hand cranked one and get a used electric motor and a belt. Fasten all of that to a board and your set. Does your wife have a kitchen aid mixer by chance, you can get a meat grinder attachment for those also.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby GusDog » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:45 pm

We have a Kitchen Aid mixer with the grinder attachment. Works pretty well, plus I got the sausage stuffer attachment. I dont know how it compares power wise to other grinders
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Fatback » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:09 pm

Kitchen aids work, but they can get gummed up if you don't take off all the silver skin. The harder you push your grinder the warmer the grind... And ya don't want your fat melting, more power equals a quicker/cooler grind.

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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby 2500hdon37s » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:11 pm

we've always done our own game. My dad a few years ago picked up a small band saw grinder combo that is great for deer!
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby T Man » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:44 pm

Fatback wrote:Kitchen aids work, but they can get gummed up if you don't take off all the silver skin. The harder you push your grinder the warmer the grind... And ya don't want your fat melting, more power equals a quicker/cooler grind.

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GusDog wrote:We have a Kitchen Aid mixer with the grinder attachment. Works pretty well, plus I got the sausage stuffer attachment. I dont know how it compares power wise to other grinders



For a guy wanting to grind goose, would you recommend the kitchen aid over a stand alone? I have a stand mixer and just started talking to my girlfriend about buying a grinder attachment for it. I want to start grinding geese into sausage but dont have any way to do it right now.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Fatback » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:12 pm

Would work for most people ... You can only shoot so many geese! The stuffer attachment works good too, and it's only like 15 bucks , but you need the meat grinder set up to use it.


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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Tealer » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:44 pm

Stand alone over kitchen aid every time. I use an LEM, have done a couple deer, elk and a couple hundred birds every year.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby T Man » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:28 pm

Tealer wrote:Stand alone over kitchen aid every time. I use an LEM, have done a couple deer, elk and a couple hundred birds every year.



For the same money, could I get a stand alone that would be comparable quality to what I would get with the kitchen aid? I dont deer hunt, and grinding goose breasts is the only thing I could possibly think I would use this for.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby 18javelin » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:00 am

I bought a Vac sealer years ago and realized it was way to expensive to do whole deer we use our on precious meat Like the few quail breast we have a year or walleye fillets, Meat wrapped in( Press and seal) and wax freezer paper will last well beyond our demand for meat so the Vac sealer VERY SELDOM gets used. reusing bags with raw meat wasn't in my game plan either...

We usually process 3-4 deer a year for my household, my in laws and my parents we also help at times cut wrap and freeze their venison and ducks and goose...


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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Greenheadindy » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:03 am

Sounds like a lot of folks enjoy the LEM models, so that's going on the wish list. Never thought abound making goose sausage, but may have to try that someday. Happy thanksgiving all.
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Re: Playing a butcher

Postby Papachessie » Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:42 pm

T Man wrote:
Tealer wrote:Stand alone over kitchen aid every time. I use an LEM, have done a couple deer, elk and a couple hundred birds every year.



For the same money, could I get a stand alone that would be comparable quality to what I would get with the kitchen aid? I dont deer hunt, and grinding goose breasts is the only thing I could possibly think I would use this for.

Hey T-Man, I have what I think is a Kitchen Aid grinder and stuffer set up. I don't have a mixer so I have no use for it. PM me if you want to discuss it. I'm thinking you could get it pretty cheap. :wink:
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