Prepping Supplies for Packaging & Storing Wild Game Meat
OutdoorHub Reporters 03.17.20
Packaging and storing your wild game meat can really come in handy when you’re in a pinch. Having limited amount of food is often an afterthought for most, but when you’re suddenly faced with uncertain times, you can rest easy knowing you have a freezer full of healthy, nutritious food to feed yourself and your family.
Here, we’re going to point out some basic prepping supplies for packaging and storing wild game meat so you can have a grasp of what items you will need to make the most out of your hard earned quarry:
Obviously, you’re going to need to store the meat and you’re probably already tight on freezer space as it is. Don’t sweat. Chest freezers are inexpensive, and there’s just something special about opening up a freezer that’s full of meat you harvested.
Pro tip: I always recommend a stand-up freezer because they make it easier to access the meat you’re looking for when it starts to get crowded.
Having a solid set of knives makes all the difference. You don’t want to skimp here, but you don’t necessarily need to go out and break the bank, either. Invest in good knives and you will thank yourself later.
A vacuum sealer is a must have for those looking to start processing and packaging their own wild game meat. They help protect and keep the meat safe from freezer burn, and allow you to save space that chest freezer you just picked up.
These are essential for vacuum sealing purposes, so stock up! They also come in handy for things other than wild game meat, like packing for a trip or saving space in your hunting gear bag.
A lot of people are intimidated by grinding up their own wild game meat, and shouldn’t be! It’s not rocket science, and you will start to get the hang of it almost immediately. Plus, grinding your wild game meat opens the door to new recipes – like custom flavored sausages to suit your pallet.
Whether you’re butchering your own quarry, or making ground from steaks, you are going to need at least a couple over-sized stainless steel bowls. Again, there’s no reason to do significant damage to your wallet here. You just need something sturdy enough to toss the meat in while you work, and the stainless steel helps prevent meat from sticking and making a mess. You will thank me for purchasing a set of these!