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How do you tenderize deer meat?

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To tenderize deer meat, physically break down the muscle fibers or apply meat tenderizing powder. Meat tenderizer is available in the spice section of most grocery stores.

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For best results, combine the two tenderizing techniques. Performing both techniques only adds a minute or two to the prep time, and it makes a big difference in the final result. Bypass ineffective liquid marinades, unless they are for adding flavor.

  1. Use a tenderizing mallet
  2. Place the venison on a firm surface and pound it with a tenderizing mallet to break down the muscle fibers. Hit it fairly hard, so it becomes visibly flattened.

  3. Poke holes in the meat
  4. Use a long-tined cooking fork to pierce holes about every half-inch in the venison.

  5. Add meat tenderizer
  6. Sprinkle meat tenderizer on the venison before cooking the meat.

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