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    Default Is Venison supposed so, um... smell?

    I nabbed ~40 lbs of venison off of Craigslist the other day, and today I began thawing and breaking it down. It kind of smells. It was vacuum-sealed in FoodSaver bags, and it was still mostly frozen when I was hacking it into bits. It had a faint but distinct odor. It looked fine, it was dark but that's what wild game looks like, right?

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    I'm guessing it has a very distinct odor...Actually, I was just about to start a thread about wild game meat. The wild boar meat I have does have a very distinct odor...I can't stand it actually. It' really strong, much much different than store bought pork. My boar meat is also pretty dark...

    I ordered some venison trim from Texas Tripe, and I know Ashley (pandaparade) has some venison. She may chime in.

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    It's fine, venison does have a smell to it, especially if it wasn't bled out properly before being processed.

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    Thanks guys! I had a feeling the darkness was okay because I have seen hare meat and it was very dark. So I figured most game meat was that way.

    But the smell had me worried. Honestly the first thing that came to mind was sweat. When I first smelled it I went "whew! is that me?!" Upon further investigation, it was the meat.


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    I don't find that my venison has an odor, but mine came from a farm that strictly raises it for meat, grass fed and all that.
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    Yes. venison has a weird smell. And unfortunately, the only way I can think to describe it is "gamey". But I guess your sweat comparison isn't too far off either.... It's sort of sour smelling...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ania's Mommy View Post
    It's sort of sour smelling...
    Yes, this how I would describe it too! It almost smells like a vinegar to me. The meat is very rich looking too.

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    I fed wild venison for about 4 months and it does have a slight odor, but nothing "too" bad.
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    Richelle,
    Is my smeller off. You have some venison from the database and I can't smell a thing, especially when I defrost it and give it to the dogs.


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    The venison I had this past gun season had an odor to it. The goat that I purchase smells the same way for some reason. I don't know how it was raised, only that it's from Australia... I bought it from my wholesaler. It's also very dark.

    I could be totally wrong, but I'm guessing the odor and color are from being free, wild animals with natural diets. Does anybody know if pasture raised beef, etc is darker and has a more pungent odor? Maybe that's why my goat meat looks and smells the way it does.
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