Three easy steps to bottled deer meat that doesn’t taste gamey

Not a fan of deer meat or elk meat? Well, all of that is about to change. Here’s the best bottled deer meat recipe that doesn’t taste gamey. In fact, it tastes like ham! It is seriously so good and so easy to make. Don’t knock it until you try it. I am willing to bet that your entire family is going to love it.

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A chunk of bottled deer meat. It’s delicious.

So my husband loves to hunt. And even though I don’t love deer or elk meat, I’ve learned to live with it. But now, I don’t have to. My brother-in-law’s mom recently introduced to us to their family recipe for bottled deer meat and it’s the only way I’ll ever eat deer meat again. It’s soooo good. Check it out!

Step #1: Soak your deer meet

Cut up your deer meat into 1″ to 1 1/2″ chunks and dump it into a big pot. Make sure your meat is fresh or completely thawed. Then, pour one tablespoon of Morton Tender Quick Home Meat Cure for each pound of meat that you are canning. We had 15 pounds of meat so we added 15 tablespoons of meat cure.

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Meat cure that you need to use for your deer meat

Then completely cover the meat and the cure with water. Mix everything around until the meat cure is totally dissolved. You don’t want the cure to just sink to the bottom of the pot. Then put your pot into the refrigerator for a full 24 hours so the cure can full sink into the meat.

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Deer meat soaking in a pot of cure

Step #2: Rinse your deer meat

After your meat has soaked for 24 hours, drain all of the water out of the pot. Then rinse out your deer meet with more water. If you want extra salty deer meet, you don’t have to rinse out your meat. It just depends on how much you like salty meat. You can also take a piece of the meat and fry it on the stove. If you think it tastes too salty, rinse your meat. If you like it, leave the meat alone.

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My husband rinsing out the deer meat.

Step #3: Bottle your deer meat

Place all of your deer meat into pint jars. Make sure you leave a 1/2″ head space at the top of the jars to allow them to seal. Don’t put anything in the jars besides the deer meat. Pressure cook at 15 lbs of pressure for 60 minutes. A full hour allows the meat to become really tender. If you don’t know how to use a pressure cooker, check out this link.

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Pint jars filled with deer meat

Here’s the bottled deer meat recipe

This recipe is so easy. I’ve put the recipe together below. Just click on the link, download and print.

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I hope you like this recipe as much as I do. Check out this video below that made husband made explaining how we bottled this deer meat.

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