Why Butcher Your Own Big Game?

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The Advantages Of Butchering & Eating Wild Game

Cabela's Carnivore Meat Grinder
Cabela's Carnivore 1/2 HP Meat Grinder

Even among hunters, butchering is often the point of disconnect between hunted animal and food on the plate. Whether from lack of knowledge, time or resources – real or imagined – this is a job many hunters feel comfortable handing off to a processor, even though it’s where the magic happens. On the butchering table, your harvested animal is turned into choice cuts for your dinner table, making it a step best left for your hands.

When butchering game, a sanitary workspace and high-quality food processing equipment is vital.

The connection hunters experience with their food has been well-discussed in this book, and it can’t be overstated during the butchering process. You start this process with things like hindquarters, shoulders and backstraps and end it with things like steaks, roasts and burger.

Tip: Cabela's Carnivore Meat Grinders are perfect for the home butcher shop. They feature high capacity, meat-grinding power, high-output air-cooled fan, patented auger-pull-handle tool and much more.   

Your pre-season planning, hours of honing your shooting skills, the hunt itself, the field dressing and pack out – these all begin to manifest themselves into dinner-ready cuts.

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Cabela's Commercial-Grade Vacuum Sealer
Cabela's Commercial-Grade Vacuum Sealer

Not only are you strengthening the connection with your food, but you retain complete control over what touches it and how it’s cared for. There won’t be any wondering if the meat in your freezer is from your animal or someone else’s, no questioning how long it was left out or contemplating the cleanliness or ethics of the butchering facility.

If you have a family, the lessons learned and bonds built around the butchering table are ones that will stick with everyone for years. When the entire family pitches in, everyone gets to feel like they contributed to meals down the road. And that’s a feeling that can’t be replaced.

Cabela's 10-Tray Deluxe Dehydrator

Tip: The Cabela's 12'' Commercial-Grade Vacuum Sealer. Smart Heat Technology delivers continuous sealing with no waiting periods to help you get through large sealing jobs faster. Plus its Intelligent Sealing Bar automatically monitors and adjusts the vacuum sealer's heat to provide the perfect seal every time.

If you’ve been handing your downed game to someone else for butchering in the past, try a do-it- yourself approach this season. You’ll find the rewards are gratifying and plentiful beyond measure.

Tip: Crank out lots of delicious, dried fruit and vegetable snacks and jerky at home with Cabela's 10-Tray Deluxe Dehydrator. The high capacity design offers 1,703 square inches of cooking space over 10 trays. he adjustable thermostat delivers precise dehydration temperatures between 80°-160°F. A fold-down door with magnetic closure and clear acrylic viewing window let you monitor cooking without opening the door and disturbing the consistent internal temperature.

Outdoor Edge Butcher Max Processing Knife Set
Outdoor Edge Butcher Max Tool Set

Venison Meat Nutritional Facts

1. Venison Meat Daily Vitamins

Venison is a good source of niacin, riboflavin, vitamins B6 and 12, phosphorus, zinc and thiamin.

2. Venison Meat is Better for Your Heart

Because it contains so much less cholesterol than beef, venison is a better option for your heart’s health.

3. Venison is a True Organic Meat

Animals born, raised and killed in their natural environment are free of injected chemicals.