How long is deer meat good for in the fridge?

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  • Evil Twin

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    Jun 13, 2009
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    I have a mixing bowl of meat from a deer harvested a few weeks ago. It hung outside for a week with snow on it. Once it warmed up enough to thaw a little, I skinned and processed it, and put some of it in the fridge that I didn't want to vacuum seal and freeze. It got pushed to the back of the fridge on the bottom shelf, out of sight, out of mind. I know it's going to get cooked at a temperature hot enough to kill any bad stuff that might be lurking inside, so my best guess is that it shouldn't be a problem. It smells and looks just fine, but I still wanted to check in here, hoping to find someone experienced in the matter.
     

    engineerbrian

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    My father (who is a butcher) tells me that 7 days in the fridge is great, but you can bump it out to 14 days with no issues. This is of course you keep the temps below 40 degrees. apparently 40 degrees is the breaking point for storing meat. After that things start to go south.
     

    wilcam47

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    Depends how long it was in the fridge for me....Its going to smell a little as its wild game but if it smells rotting then obviously its bad. the other thing I look at is color if its ALL brownish looking and it smells "off" I wouldn't eat it no matter what temp its cooked. Sometimes its borderline and you taste it...it taste bad/soured taste I throw it away. Sometimes its a little gamey smelling and cooks just fine. YMMV;):D
     

    marko

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    It smells and looks just fine,
    It's OK - cube it and brown it hard and then use it in a chili.


    Grillades is a Cajun kinda chili I love -




    Venison Grillades over rice
     

    Ab_Normal

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    Depends how long it was in the fridge for me....Its going to smell a little as its wild game but if it smells rotting then obviously its bad. the other thing I look at is color if its ALL brownish looking and it smells "off" I wouldn't eat it no matter what temp its cooked. Sometimes its borderline and you taste it...it taste bad/soured taste I throw it away. Sometimes its a little gamey smelling and cooks just fine. YMMV;):D

    :thumbsup:
     

    BlackBart

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    To each his own, 1 good bout with food poisoning will make you think like me........... 4 or 5 days. When it's coming out both ends simultaneously you err on the side of caution. :) :shrug:
     

    marko

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    VACUUM PACK, boys and girls - lasts a long time.
    EXPENSIVE?
    Nope, I found a place 60% off of bags. That was always the
    problem before - how much to vacuum pack.
     

    airsporter

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    Hard to say, but meat is meat. How many days was it actually in the frig? Was it marinated or not? Refrigerators differ in quality and condition. Once had an old frig where cold cuts went bad after 4 days. Turns out it was a POS in lousy condition. New frig is good for up to 10 days or so.

    Ultimate rule = If in doubt, throw it out!
     

    stu929

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    I saw a prime rib recipe once that said to let it stand in the fridge for 10 days min. Tried it and it was awesome.

    With steaks and roasts you have some leeway I think but burger ia different. 3/4 days max then toss burger otherwise look at it and cut off any dry parts and you are good.

    Marinade also impacts this and I wouldn't marinade for more than a day or two seen a few things go bad fast while marinating.
     

    Evil Twin

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    I really appreciate all the advice. I vacuum sealed and froze all that I had left that evening. I keep my big freezer right around 5 degrees, and have eaten venison from two years ago with no problems.
     

    Aught Six

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    To each his own, 1 good bout with food poisoning will make you think like me........... 4 or 5 days. When it's coming out both ends simultaneously you err on the side of caution. :) :shrug:

    Amen. And I do the same with other meats. After that many days, it either becomes dog food or trash. Better safe than sorry, as they say...
     

    MeatGrinder

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    My rule of thumb is seven days, but how it has been handled has a huge affect.

    How long meat is good from the freezer depends on how it has been packaged. Air exposure is NOT your friend here. Vacuum sealed or well wrapped in plastic wrap (so there is no air contact) and it will be fine for a long time. I have eaten meat that was in the freezer, well packaged, for a couple of years and could not tell a difference.
     

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