November 03, 2023
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More hunters are taking it upon themselves to butcher their own game meat, and the right tools will help you complete the task. With Benchmade’s 15500-3 Meatcrafter you can delicately carve your meals with the trailing-point CPM-S45VN blade that is designed to flex along the bone, but stays rigid enough to handle any cutting job. The handle is an OD green G10 laminate and fits comfortably in the hand, and the blade features SelectEdge technology to keep the edge sharp. ($370; benchmade.com)
You can choose to wrap your meat in plastic wrap and butcher paper, or you can take the civilized approach and use the Chamber Vacuum Sealer from MEAT!. The chamber creates a vacuum that completely removes all air for unparalleled protection of your precious game meat. The sealer is equipped with an adjustable seal timer and vacuum, a pressure gauge and has a digital readout. Simply set your desired time, place the bagged meat in the chamber, close the lid and wait. ($800; meatyourmaker.com)
Equipped with a 500-watt motor, the Chard #12 Heavy Duty Electric Grinder will tackle any job you have at your butcher station without breaking the bank. The machine has Stuff, Grind and Reverse functions and comes with a large hopper, a food pusher and fine, medium and coarse grinding plates to get your ideal burger size. The blade is stainless steel, and the motor can grind up to 6 pounds per minute. ($195; chardproducts.com)
Combining new technology with traditional smoking practices, the XXL Vertical Smoker is pellet-driven smoker that will maintain the proper temperature throughout the cooking process. Temperature is adjustable from 150-350 degrees and the Smoke Control technology allows the user to adjust the amount of smoke output for their desired flavor. The system includes six racks and hooks and can be paired with the Camp Chef Connect app for handsfree control and monitoring. ($800; campchef.com)
Having a sharp knife will help ensure you make accurate cuts safely and efficiently. With Work Sharp’s Mk.2 Knife and Tool Sharpener, the user can hone any edge in minutes. The sharpener comes with 20- and 25-degree guides and a 65-degree scissor guide, along with coarse, medium and fine abrasive belts to tackle any job required. Simply plug it in, grab your knife and run it over the belt while following the angled guide. ($100; worksharptools.com)