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Well today the wife and I got to work on our two does, got them all cut up ready to grind, when a buddy called me, asked me if I wanted a big buck to eat, his girlfriend shot a big 8pt, and though they both love to hunt, they don't eat deer, maybe a couple rolls of summer sausage, and some jerky, which I make myself and give them. We went and got her buck, already skinned out and iced down, came home and went to work deboning it, cutting into grinder size pieces. We made several packs of backstraps, stew meat and steaks, and ground the rest. We ended up with #100 of burger in the freezer, and about 20# of the steaks, stew and back straps, plus the filet mignon upon which I will be dining tomorrow!! I was fixing to break the grinder down to clean it up, when I a buddy stopped by with a bear he had killed, in our chase season here in KY this weekend. I helped him skin it, bone all the meat off and cut it into roasts and steaks, we ground up all the trimmings and the shoulders we had boned out. I made country sausage with all the grind, putting Leggs #7 seasoning into it and also peeling and cutting up some Cortland apples and grinding them into it, an old German recipe that we had done before, and it turned out great, packaged into #1 packages, he ended up with 36 of them, gave me two and all the lard off the bear to render down. I figured this was a good deal, because the two I have rendered down before, was the best tasting substance I have ever cooked in!!! Nothing will soak it up, everything you fry in it gets super crisp, best fish I have ever fried was in bear grease. Also it is the best replacement for Crisco for baking, biscuits and pie shells made with this, will raise up about twice as high as regular. The absolute best biscuits I have ever ate the wife cooked with the bear fat and buttermilk. We barely have room in the two deep freezers, for maybe one more deer, then we will have to start canning them, which is pretty darn tasty too. The wife and I and my friend who killed the bear, like doing the processing the meat, nearly as much as hunting, we see it as an extension of the hunt, especially when everyone has scored. Worked hard for four hours, am wore slap down out, but it is a good thing going into winter, with a pantry full of canned goods, dehydrated stuff from the garden, 2 full freezers, and a winter garden full of cabbage, carrots, turnips, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli starting to all come in. Especially since I am on a fixed income! Barley can walk thru the house I am so stiff and tired, but it is a good kind of tired!