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#3595376 - 02/20/14 11:23 PM Poser, Citric Acid???
AT Hiker
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Just thought of something about your CO elk hunt. Have you looked into spraying the meat with citric acid after you bone it out in the field?

I read where a guy killed a moose and drive back from AK, temps ranged from 30-70 degrees for 11 days. It never once froze and the meat turned out perfect.

Thought this might help you with your early season backpack hunt in case you couldnt get pack animals.
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#3595406 - 02/21/14 06:25 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: AT Hiker]
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I presoak my game bags in a strong concentrate of citric acid and hang them out to dry. The moisture from the meat will reactivate it upon contact. I haven't noticed that it effects the favor any. I should be able to give you a live demonstration of its effectiveness this fall.
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#3595443 - 02/21/14 07:07 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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 Originally Posted By: Buzzard Breath
I presoak my game bags in a strong concentrate of citric acid and hang them out to dry. The moisture from the meat will reactivate it upon contact. I haven't noticed that it effects the favor any. I should be able to give you a live demonstration of its effectiveness this fall.


You cocky little devil you ;\) .
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#3595464 - 02/21/14 07:44 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: BlountArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
 Originally Posted By: Buzzard Breath
I presoak my game bags in a strong concentrate of citric acid and hang them out to dry. The moisture from the meat will reactivate it upon contact. I haven't noticed that it effects the favor any. I should be able to give you a live demonstration of its effectiveness this fall.


You cocky little devil you ;\) .

We'll have a pocket full of tags, so there should be a river of blood in our wake.

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#3595471 - 02/21/14 07:52 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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Heard of it. You could also sprinkle salt on the meat.
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#3595546 - 02/21/14 09:14 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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 Originally Posted By: Buzzard Breath
I presoak my game bags in a strong concentrate of citric acid and hang them out to dry. The moisture from the meat will reactivate it upon contact. I haven't noticed that it effects the favor any. I should be able to give you a live demonstration of its effectiveness this fall.


That's a pretty good idea. Is that a common thing to do?
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#3595559 - 02/21/14 09:23 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: Poser]
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I do have a hard time believing that spraying citric acid directly on the meat has no effect on the taste of the meat, though. Citric acid literally will "cook" meat by breaking it down, which is why you use it in marinades. Soaking the game bags sounds like a reasonable compromise, though.
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#3595616 - 02/21/14 10:05 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: Buzzard Breath
I presoak my game bags in a strong concentrate of citric acid and hang them out to dry. The moisture from the meat will reactivate it upon contact. I haven't noticed that it effects the favor any. I should be able to give you a live demonstration of its effectiveness this fall.


That's a pretty good idea. Is that a common thing to do?

I'm not real sure. It was taught to me about 15 years ago and I've just stuck to it.

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#3595620 - 02/21/14 10:12 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
I do have a hard time believing that spraying citric acid directly on the meat has no effect on the taste of the meat, though. Citric acid literally will "cook" meat by breaking it down, which is why you use it in marinades. Soaking the game bags sounds like a reasonable compromise, though.

I'm sure it does change to taste of it some for the exact reasons you stated. But, in the grand scheme of things, very little of the meat comes in contact with the bag. A lot of this will have a crust formed on it from drying and will need to be trimmed anyhow.

I also think spraying down each piece of meat in the bag is unnecessary due to the lack of oxygen circulating around in between the individual pieces. I've thought about bringing a spray bottle with the citric acid powder in it and mixing it as needed, but can't bring myself to carrying around a spray bottle in the backcountry for 10 days. It would probably get smashed like everything else in my backpack anyhow. You should see what happened to my water filter 2 years ago. I would have thought they were almost unbreakable.

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#3595648 - 02/21/14 10:50 AM Re: Poser, Citric Acid??? [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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 Originally Posted By: Buzzard Breath
I presoak my game bags in a strong concentrate of citric acid and hang them out to dry. The moisture from the meat will reactivate it upon contact. I haven't noticed that it effects the favor any. I should be able to give you a live demonstration of its effectiveness this fall.


No doubt will we be filling all those game bags!
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