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Robson Valley

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Kinda raises the hair on the back of your neck, huh? Neat to see the moose tipping his head and showing off his rack.
Watch the guy's right arm with the shakes!
The open truck door was all that separated me and a 4 pt buck mule deer the other night. Big. Silent.

Guy in the office next to me was a very successful moose hunter.
Called in a big bull and shot it, point blank, on the other side of a single spruce tree.
 
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Robson Valley

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The real advantage of banging a moose is the bartering power for other kinds of meat.
Chickens, pork, lamb, beef, venison, elk, what have you.
Plus the moose is fabulous clean, organic, lean meat.

I used to buy at least a side of bison every November. I have eaten 6-7 2 yr-old bison.
I bartered lots of it for all sorts of meats. The variety was enjoyable.
I quit because I just don't eat nearly as much meat of any kind as I did when I was younger.
Plus, it took a lot of money, up front, that I had to hold in inventory until we ate it all.
 
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Robson Valley

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I learned a long time ago that the way to save food money is with a good-sized freezer.
You have to be instantly ready when deals come up. Or, you project food needs for 6-12 months.

I have no recollection what I paid for it in 2000 when I bought this house.
I do remember that the first few sides of bison and ??bags of carrots/beans/peas/berries
paid for it (by store food prices) in less than 3 years. It owes me nothing if it croaked tomorrow.

I move a selection of foods upstairs to the kitchen freezer, as needed.
So, I'm not into the big freezer every day.
My freezer performance monitor is a cup of water, frozen, with a coin sitting on the ice.
If the freezer failed, the ice would melt, the coin would sink and we start over!

WX is good enough to light the grill. Tonight was bison T-bone steak.
 

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..My freezer performance monitor is a cup of water, frozen, with a coin sitting on the ice.
If the freezer failed, the ice would melt, the coin would sink and we start over!

WX is good enough to light the grill. Tonight was bison T-bone steak.
Good tip to check if a possible defrosting occurred with the glass, water and coin. We do the same.
Good ideas are universal!
It helps. But ice melts at 32f (0c) whereas chicken isn’t considered safely frozen unless it’s below 28f (-2.2c) In a sealed freezer The ice would remain frozen while the chicken could be legally thawed for days or even weeks.
 

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Used to be such a chore, re-arranging the food in the freezer for another side of bison.
A bull moose of that size is about the same as killing an average-sized horse.
They are all so lean and boney that what you eventually take home
doesn't look like much from the animal that you started with.

I think that about 12 hours is as long a power failure as I can remember here over then last 20 years.
Keep the doors shut and frozen foods should(?) be able to last longer than that.

We did have a massive power failure (wildfire damage) just a few years ago.
The Village went door-to-door and told everybody to box up and label everything in their freezers.
They had rented and set up some 18-wheeler freezer truck units in the park and we all got our food saved FOR A MONTH.
The very best giggle was when we learned that somebody had stolen the generator from the police station!
 
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It helps. But ice melts at 32f (0c) whereas chicken isn’t considered safely frozen unless it’s below 28f (-2.2c) In a sealed freezer The ice would remain frozen while the chicken could be legally thawed for days or even weeks.
It is more likely the freezer goes to ‘off’ position due to a long powercut.

Then the ice will melt.
No method is perfect!
 

Robson Valley

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If I knew for certain that others would show up, I'd go back to buying bison just for the bartering.
Moose is heavenly good. Best gravy on the planet.
Lots of locals call them "Swamp Donkeys." Even a local dark ale with that name.