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Author Topic: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?  (Read 11692 times)

Offline Kettlebottom Crew

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Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:22:13 AM »
Hi all.

   Another question-- do you think cooking deer to medium-rare (my favorite) is cooked enough?  Any experience or knowledge out there concerning parasites, bacteria, or any other health concerns??
   I don't like to overcook, but don't want to get sick or get parasites...  Am I over-cautious??

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 09:24:56 AM »
I agree with medium rare being the best. I'm comfortable eating it and not getting parasites or anything but I think a guy always wants to be careful. I wonder at what temp you need to get meat to kill most parasites or whatever could harm you?

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 09:46:01 AM »
Some folks like venison medium rare. Bacteria on whole cuts, like steaks or roasts, usually are just on the surfaces so these cuts can be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F. All ground venison needs to be cooked to at least 160 degrees F. When you grind meat, you spread any bacteria present throughout the entire batch. Venison soups, stews, casseroles and leftovers need to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 10:22:50 AM »
I heard if your going to make jerky out of ground deer that you should freeze it for 60 days first.  Anyone know?

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 11:34:59 AM »
You are correct. They say it needs that to kill the bacteria. Because you are not using hot enough temp to cook.

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2008, 12:11:34 PM »
I like to wrap my venison in bacon and cook over coals on the grill.  When the bacon is done - the meat seems to be equally as done - tender and between medium rare and medium.

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008, 12:31:54 PM »
my butcher told me to freeze ground or jerky 45 days at or around 0 degrees. deer steaks medium rare 15 days. most of the time i cook some the next day after killing. has not hurt me yet. dang sure has not stunted my growth.

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008, 01:22:24 PM »
I think the freeaer takes care of parasites. I just wouldn't consume "fresh" cut meat medium rare.
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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 01:37:41 PM »
On the sunday of opening weekend we save all our deer loins and after hunting sunday afternoon I cook all of them for the guys. We have done that for years and we haven't lost anyone yet.

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2008, 07:23:18 PM »
MEDIUM-RARE!!!!!!!!! --7-8-9

Not this one.  Not cause I'm worried about parasites but cause I want my animals whether it's deer, cow, hog or any other animal ya stick on a plate.........completely dead.


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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2008, 07:27:12 PM »
ar, You don't know what you are missing. Medium rare venison, Rare beef. You have never tasted better. No steak sauce required.MMMMM

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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2008, 07:30:03 PM »
Medium Rare is the only way to go. If you're going cook it more than that, you might as well eat your shoes.
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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2008, 08:05:54 PM »
u got that right bubba, nothin worse than venison leather steaks at the table
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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2008, 08:23:48 PM »
I used to cook it well until I tried it med rare.... thats IS the way to go and for some reason, never tastes as gamey less cooked.  Interesting about the length of freezer time..never heard that one.  Last year, got a buck on opening day and since I share property with a guy who has a deli/grocery located up on the front of the road, gave him a side of the backstraps right away.  He sliced some  real thin and fried it in bacon greese  then put on a fresh bisquit.  That was within an hour of shooting it.  It was EXCELLENT and no one got sick.
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Re: Deer meat-- medium-rare cooked enough?
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2008, 08:29:37 PM »
Medium-well is good for me.  I want it done but not burnt.
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