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After butchering- freezer paper or food sealer and if food sealer what one?

 
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We are looking to kill some pigs and are not sure if we should use freezer paper for the meat or purchase a vacuum sealer. Any recommendations?
 
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Length of time might trump what is environmentally the best option. If there is a reality of the meat sitting in a freezer for a year, I vac seal it.

As I get into a rhythm into raising my own meats, I have found other ways besides the 2 mentioned. At this point I plan to make lamb stew and pressure can it. This takes no plastic or energy to store it and we enjoy it enough to make it a weekly meal. I plan to do this with the whole animal or all 3 animals.

With deer I make enough sausage to last a year and vac seal it. A good portion goes to jerky which doesn't need plastics.

If someone has options for longterm storage with out vac sealing i would highly consider it though.
 
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wayne fajkus wrote:Length of time might trump what is environmentally the best option. If there is a reality of the meat sitting in a freezer for a year, I vac seal it.

As I get into a rhythm into raising my own meats, I have found other ways besides the 2 mentioned. At this point I plan to make lamb stew and pressure can it. This takes no plastic or energy to store it and we enjoy it enough to make it a weekly meal. I plan to do this with the whole animal or all 3 animals.

With deer I make enough sausage to last a year and vac seal it. A good portion goes to jerky which doesn't need plastics.

If someone has options for longterm storage with out vac sealing i would highly consider it though.



What kind of vacuum sealer do you have?
 
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On what vac sealer, I had some issues with overheating and pausing itself. This is probably not uncommon when packing up whole animals where you are using it for several minutes.

The one I now have is rated for constant duty and has an option to double heat seal. It's a catch 22 cause constant duty only functions while in single heat strip mode.

I like the constant duty better than the double heat strip. In either mode you may get some failed seals. They may not be evident til after they are froze. In that case they just go to the front of the line for dinner

As far as breakdowns, the only issue i have had over the years is not sucking the air out. In my case it has been  the weather stripping that seals over the bags. It's an easy fix. If you use Amazon I might check that they have replacement seals available. At some point it will be needed. It's like brakes on  car, I consider it a maintenance item.

Last thing is I would make sure it has the tube port for vac sealing Mason jars. This has been a huge item for me which gives longevity to specific storage without using plastics. Dehydrated fruits, jerky, rice, etc. Without it, the option is those little moisture absorber packs which I would rather not use.
 
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Mine is huge and I have done whole chickens with it. It's one of those heirloom things that will be used a long long time so I didn't skimp on it.
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Not sure if this fits your needs but we use freezer paper and then put it in a ziplock bag.  That way the meat isn't touching the plastic (important to us), we get the air sealing of a ziplock and they're reusable.
 
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i am in the same position as you,
I have gone the route of buying silicone bags. It says i can boil the bags i can cook in them, they looks quite sturdy and i imagine them being usable for many years to come.
Reusable Silicone Bag link (amazon)

Butcher paper has the said wax coating and thus doesn't prevent freezer burn.
freezer paper has the said plastic coating, which where i live it is not recyclable and it just goes to the trash.

I am going to try my best at producing as much bacon and cured meat i can and thus not require the need to freeze nearly as much of the meat.

I am not one for eating canned meat, its really doesn't appeal to me at all. And recently a neighbour offered a vacuum sealer to me and he said he doesn't use it because of all the plastic waste and the fact the plastic wasn't reusable after wards. his words as i have no experience with it.

Luckily i am only dealing with half a pig, i would be scrambling with dealing with a whole pig.

Good luck :D
 
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