I had to throw out a bunch of duck :( here's what I am doing about it

Discussion in 'Cooking Forum' started by StuartHunts, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. StuartHunts

    StuartHunts New Member

    Sep 6, 2016
    Hey Everyone!

    After throwing out a bunch of duck due to freezer burn a little while back I decided enough was enough. I was tired of throwing out my spoils, and felt a little bit guilty to boot. There has to be a way to keep food fresh, and to keep it from being freezer burned. I started reading around and found my solution. A vacuum sealer.

    I don't know about anyone else, but when I set out to buy something I tend to obsess over it. I have to know all of the nuances to make sure I am getting the right one for me, and at a fair price. I wound up spending more than a month reading through everything I could on vacuum sealers before making a purchase. Instead of letting all of that go to waste I decided to share it with everyone in the form of a buyer's guide. Check it out if you are thinking of picking up a vacuum sealer.

    You can read the guide at www.thevacuumsealerexpert.com. It's got some nifty tips and tricks, too.
  2. CA Hunter

    CA Hunter Senior Refuge Member

    Sep 5, 2016
    San Jose
    Yep, per your advise i bought Weston 65-0501-W. Thank you!
    Could not be happier. 2 deer, 4 pigs, multiple rabbits found their rest in bags sealed by it.
    I did not go with food saver because when i process deer or pig i have a lot of work to be done fast. As i understood from your review, the food saver not built for it as the Weston .

    BTW, the cheapest rolls you can find on Amazon. $16-18 for two rolls of 11" wide 50 ft long.
    Could not find cheaper anywhere else.
  3. duckblind

    duckblind Senior Refuge Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    The best bags I have found are the Cabelas pre sized bags. These already have one end sealed, which makes things go a whole lot faster. If you catch them on sale they are a good buy.
  4. tcc

    tcc Elite Refuge Member

    Sep 13, 2006
  5. CookMan

    CookMan Elite Refuge Member

    May 29, 2015
    WOW! I did not realize you could vacuum seal ducks.
  6. chuam

    chuam Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Here's a trick I use to guarantee no freezer burn:

    I pluck my birds, brine them and then put them in one of these:


    I can get 4 teal or 2 big ducks per container. I then add water to cover them and put it in the freezer. Once it's frozen solid I pull it out of the freezer. Run hot water to get it to release from the container then put it in a vacuum seal bag and seal it up. The water ensures there is no freezer burn. They stack nicely in the freezer and I can put the date and species on the freezer bag.

    I went to my dad's house and he had a four pack of teal I had given him from 2 years prior he had forgotten about. We thawed it out and ate them. They had no freezer burn and looked and tasted like I had just shot them.

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