Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tips From The Road: Freezing Game
I was under the impression that everyone did it my way, but I've encountered plenty of serious bird hunters (and fine cooks) who simply toss their harvest in a ziploc bag and drop it in the dark recesses of the deep freeze. That's a sure invitation for freezer burn, which dries out any exposed surface area of the meat and generally makes your hard-earned birds taste like freezer plastic.
Instead, take ten extra seconds and fill that bag with just enough water to cover the contents before you freeze it. The water protects the meat almost indefinitely. I recently thawed and ate a package of quail from the 2008 season that had managed to hide itself deep within the deep freeze -- with no deleterious effects. The method does take up a bit more room, but it also encourages you to clean things out for the next season.
Just make sure you label your packages -- nothing's a bigger bummer than looking forward to a meal of Hungarian partridge and realizing you've just thawed a package of woodcock.