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Old 10-15-2020, 08:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've tried searching old threads but haven't come across this exact question, but I'm curious: do any of the local (greater SLC area) meat processors/butchers let you hang a carcass without them processing it, too? I prefer doing my own butchering, but I don't have a walk in cooler to let meat hang for several days.

In the past I've processed meat within 36ish hours of harvest, but I'd like to try letting the meat age a bit. I was thinking places might hang something for you and charge a daily rate or something? I'm not sure if the space you'd take up is worth it to them, or if there are regulatory issues with that. I'll call around to a few places to ask, but I figured I'd check here as well.
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If you have a garage why not make one yourself.

A few 4x8 insulated panels and a home window AC unit and you are set. You can put it up or take it down as needed.

It will pay for itself in a few years
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The easiest way to go is to buy a used fridge, take out the shelves, and make a metal frame that allows you to hang the quarters.

A home ac unit won't get the temp low enough to age meat. Most won't go below 60 degrees. And I'm not aware of any that would get you to the 33-37 degree recommended range.

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My muzzy deer I brought back to the shop, turned on the swamp cooler and it brought it down to below 40 overnight and kept it a about 40 during the day. I didn't trust the warm weather so I let it hang for about 4 days and then cut it up.
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Here's a easy solution

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The easiest way to go is to buy a used fridge, take out the shelves, and make a metal frame that allows you to hang the quarters.

A home ac unit won't get the temp low enough to age meat. Most won't go below 60 degrees. And I'm not aware of any that would get you to the 33-37 degree recommended range.

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Purchase a Coolbot and the window ac unit work great. I am in process of making a 4x8 one now. A good friend made one and I am patterning his.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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weaver, how did you reinforce those hooks so they could hold the weight?
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Looks like eyelet bolts through the roof. Those quarters arent big... small deer or pronghorn. Not very heavy... at least not like hanging a moose quarter lol

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Old 10-15-2020, 10:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I saw a post on FB for a walk in cooler rental. It is located in Herriman, $10 a day or $50 for a week. Rules: no hair on animal and all animals must be tagged. Guys name is Dan 801-554-6411.
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