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#3545154 - 01/13/14 05:51 PM Re: Do you wash/rinse game meat? [Re: Jmed]
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 Originally Posted By: Jmed
There is no way you can fillet a mess of crappie and not get a scale or few on the fillets. I like to lay fillets in a deep pan and let the faucet roll them around to wash the scales out and over the top of the pan. No matter how hard I try, I can't get a deer ham from field to the butcher table without having a hair or two that I rinse off.


Thing is, the hair comes off easier when the meat is dry then when it is wet. If I have some hair on the meat, I wait until the surface of the meat has dried (2-3 days) and then remove it with no problem. (I realize you don't do this without a fridge for dry aging).

I recently took a similar approach with rabbits. Two of them had a bit of hair on them, so I let them sit in the fridge over night and let the skin dry out just a bit. Then the hair came right off, no problem. -not sure that I would leave rabbits out like this for more than 24 hours, though the British do actually "age" them with the fur intact.

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#3545572 - 01/13/14 09:52 PM Re: Do you wash/rinse game meat? [Re: Poser]
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My great grandfather was a butcher who taught my grandfather to never rinse a deer with water, so that's what I do.. Not sure why...
I have on rabbit,squirrels, etc..
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#3545940 - 01/14/14 09:02 AM Re: Do you wash/rinse game meat? [Re: 280longshot]
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If I have a lot of hair on something, I will rinse it off, because hand-picking it is super annoying. As others have said, that also creates secondary work in patting stuff dry.

I rinse squirrels a lot because I always get hair all over them by accident. Fish are in water their whole lives, so I can't see how washing them off matters, plus any slime seems to be a detriment to the flavor if they get frozen (this is more applicable when I scale them with skin on, which I do pretty often).

As a previous poster said, I was always raised to freeze fish fillets in water with the air pushed out (poor man's vacuum sealer, I guess), so rinsing those has zero effect for me. For big game, I try to minimize water usage, but this typically means that the outside of a whole leg gets rinsed to remove any incidental debris, but the individual cuts essentially stay dry.
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#3546005 - 01/14/14 09:44 AM Re: Do you wash/rinse game meat? [Re: 280longshot]
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 Originally Posted By: 280longshot
My great grandfather was a butcher who taught my grandfather to never rinse a deer with water, so that's what I do.. Not sure why...
I have on rabbit,squirrels, etc..


I'd expect that he didn't use water on deer for the same reasons FDXX75 described. Though, the same does apply to small game.

For some reason people treat small game differently than big game. For example, imagine this scenario: You kill a deer. You stick it in your pocket ungutted and carry it around for the rest of the day. Maybe its hot. Maybe its real hot. You throw it in the back of your truck, drive home and, eventually, when you get around to it, you gut it.

That's the way many hunters treat small game, yet they'll swear up and down about the importance of gutting a deer immediately and getting the meat cool.
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