Thanks for all of the suggestions! I skinned and quartered my deer myself and will be making the jerky on my own. I need hamburger, sausage and snack sticks made. Is Lengacher Meats reasonably priced? About what is their turn around time?
BTW, I'm not bashing Manley's processing, they're really the best, and the best don't come cheap. I'm sure they see a minimum of 1-2,000 deer a year (wild guess) for processing, so they have to charge higher to keep their workload manageable. But I just wanted to send out a warning to not take it there expecting it to be decent processing for cheap; what you'll get is great processing for half of your inheritance.
If you get one PM me first, I can walk you through butchering it yourself. As long as I dont have appts scheduled.
"если не я, то кто?"
If Not Me, Then Who?
Anyways, I just do all the slicing myself now, including slicing jerky meat. I got a big chunk of nylon cutting board material from Harris Material in Berne, and I used my uncles wood-shop to make a slicing jig for jerky. You just lay the chunk of meat on the board, get a good, sharp knife and run it right along the guide rail, and you get a perfect, uniform slice of meat. I live for jerky, and I have to be honest, this thing works nearly as good as a meat slicer once you figure out how to use it.
Now I just have to get a deer so I can use it again. I went out again this morning. I figured they'd be moving after the rain quit overnight, but didn't see a thing. On my way out, I "stalked" up to a clump of trees that I thought may be harboring some deer, but there were none. There were fresh tracks all over the place, looks like deer were chasing one another all over in that area, but I guess they moved out of the area before I arrived because I never heard anything and never saw them when the sun came up.
WOW!!! We have a place here D&R Market who also charges extra to skin and bone out the animals. I can take it to a couple other places for $65 and have it cut, packed, wrapped and ready within a few days. D&R charges about $125 for the same thing and you get MUCH LESS meat from your deer.
A few years ago I got 2 deer during archery season when it was quite warm and I had no way of getting the deer cut up before it would spoil so I took it to them. It was a buck that dressed out at about 150 pounds and a doe that dressed out at about 100 pounds. When I got my meat back they handed me a single banana box with about 30 to 40 pounds of meat in it.....that was all...and when I protested they said that was all there was and handed me a bill for $220 for the processing of the 2 deer.
Being me... I refused to pay for it and tore open each package and dumped the meat on the floor one package at a time....if I wasn't getting it they weren't either. It was actually quite easy since they had packaged it on those cute little styrofoam trays like in their display case and NOT frozen it. Like that wouldn't get freezer burn!!! What a bunch of idiots.
That was when I decided to learn to do it for myself. I bought a gently used modular 10x12x8ft. walk-in cooler with the whole evaporator and condensor for $800 from a guy near Louisville and bought a decent power meat grinder for $200 and have been saving money ever since. The wife, kids and I can process a good size deer in a couple hours for a few bucks in plastic wrap and freezer paper. And we get the kind of meat we want, cut the way we want it. An $800 expense is just 7 deer processing fees and it has paid for itself in savings...more if you have sausage or other stuff made. We make our own summer sausage, bratwurst, pepperoni sticks....just try different recipes and get one you like!!!
Last edited by tcshooter; 11-19-2009 at 23:07.
Definitely to Lengachers...I have taken mine in there for years and have always had top notch service and pretty good turn around. Dave will generally tell you pretty close to what day it will be done. Also very reasonably priced. Always uses your own meat unless you want it mixed with pork for filler. I don't know about Manleys but Lengacher would be hard to beat.