The Best Hunting Game Handling Products, With Tips For Handling Wild Game Meat
You hunted the game, now it's time to handle it. My list has everything from vacuum-sealing machines to food dehydrators to help you handle your meat.
FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.
1. NutriChef 12" Vacuum Sealer
Top-rated: 24,262 ratings
Highlight: Smart device. Control center placed on the top panel, with soft touch digital buttons and led indicator lights.
Helpful review: "I have no basis for comparison, but I received my vacuum sealer today and am more than impressed. I had a bunch of venison slim Jim's and jerky to seal and freeze and used up all the included bags and rolled plastic. The process is easy and fast, and it is very obvious if the seal hadn't formed. You need to give the sealer 40 seconds in between seals, which isn't an issue considering you have to load the bags. I wanted a sealer primarily for cooking sous vide, and I didn't want to spend a ton or waste a ton of space on a giant one. This little guy is great. It reminds me of the size of the shredder part of a paper shredder. Easy to carry up from the basement storage and easy to set up. I'm not sure why anyone would pay any more for a sealer than this? This does everything I need it to do." — Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon now: $57.53 & FREE Returns
2. LIZZQ Premium 12" Pellet Smoker Tube for Hot or Cold Smoking
Top-rated: 8,552 ratings
Highlight: Designed to WORK IN ANY GRILL (gas, electric or charcoal) and with any smoker.
Helpful review: "I am beyond happy with this product. I have a Treager grill and had been trying my hand at cold-smoking cheeses using their method, which is a pan of cheese in a pan of ice in the grill on the smoke settings. It was a major pain to try to keep the temperature anywhere close to right. I bought this smoker tube and and made a temporary modification to the grill to defeat the hot rod and the auger and just use the fan. Found out that the Treager will shut the fan of if the temperature is below a preset temperature for over 10 minutes. Again, a headache trying to keep is going for several hours. I finally backed off the over-thinking and simply put the smoking tub on the drip pan close to the opening where the grease drains.
There was plenty of air available to keep the pellets smoking. The ambient temperature of the smoke was relatively constant and in the 87 to 95 degree range. When the temperature got over 90, I simply put a 4 x 8-inch baking dish on the grate directly over the tube and threw a handful of ice cubes in it. The temperature was back to 90. I filled the tube with pellets and it is still going after three hours. Forget Treager's advice on how to cold smoke cheese; put this tube in the grill and the job is done." — Kenneth A. Gale
Get it from Amazon now: $11.91 & FREE Returns
3. O2frepak 6-Pack Food Saver Vacuum Sealer Bags - 8"x20' (3 Rolls) and 11"x20' (3 Rolls)
Top-rated: 6,640 ratings
Highlight: Heavy-duty material, prevents puncture.
Helpful review: "I’ve been using my Food Saver and using the brand name bags for years and always have an issue with it sealing if the strip where it seals gets wet in the slightest. These bags will seal through any water, fat, or juices that get in the track and work with even the oldest models. I’ve read some off brand only work with newer models and these work with my 10+ year old Food Saver great! Well worth the buy for a superior product." — Isaac
Get it from Amazon now: $21.75 & FREE Returns
4. COSORI Food Dehydrator (50 Recipes included)
Top-rated: 7,537 ratings
Highlight: Made with food-grade stainless steel and glass front door. Perfect for making healthy beef jerkies, snacks, fruit leathers, dog treats, and bread crumbs, as well as for preserving herbs and flowers.
Helpful review: "This is the perfect machine for me! I read a lot about dehydrators before buying and I'm so glad I purchased this one. It is lightweight stainless it has 6 shelves with a timer and is so quiet. It has a clear door on front so you can see what's happening. I've made jerky in it and the six shelves is a sufficient size for 3 and 1/2 to 4 lbs of meat. You can control the temperature and time and it has all the features I wanted. I'm so happy with this product. I read about Excalibur but my refrain from buying was the noise I read in reviews. That was important and this one is so quiet you don't always hear it. It also cleans up, great and doesn't give off strong smells or retain them after cleaning. I just love this machine and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good reliable dehydrator!" — James B. Purdie
Get it from Amazon now: $159.99 & FREE Returns
5. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
Top-rated: 7,470 ratings | 79 answered questions
Highlight: Compact, agile and ready to face any adventure head-on.
Helpful review: "Look, having a cutting tool on you at all times doesn't have to be something that might panic someone else. This small multitool has a few basic essentials. It has a pen knife, a small file with a slotted screwdriver head, scissors, a toothpick and tweezers all in one small package. You can carry it on a keyring or in the third pocket of your jeans and never know it's there. The knife is sharp and the scissors can take on just about every small task you assign it. The screwdriver can also act as a pry tool for popping open a key fob to replace a battery. You can use the toothpick as a probe if you like and the tweezers do what all tweezers do from removing splinters to making sure the small tedious tasks are done with precision.
I recommend this to anyone who needs to carry a knife without having to have that larger pocketknife on them or doesn't want something heavy and/or bulky in their pocket." — Travis McMillan
Get it from Amazon now: $16.97 & FREE Returns
6. FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer Kit
Top-rated: 8,087 ratings
Highlight: For use with mason-type jars.
Helpful review: "I bought these to use with a NutriChef vacuum sealer hoping they would be compatible and they were. The hose wouldn't work but the one that came with the vacuum sealer fit the attachments so that worked out well. I sealed a dozen wide mouth jars with things from flour to rice to pasta as well as a couple of regular mouth jars and everything worked like a charm. I checked a few days later to make sure the seals were still intact and they were." — James Thomas
Get it from Amazon now: $42.99
7. RoverTac Pocket Knife
Top-rated: 6,304 ratings
Highlight: Perfect for camping, fishing, hiking, outdoor activities, and home improvements.
Helpful review: "I purchased several "value for the money" knives and multi-tool over the past several months. I just received this little gem this week. This multi-tool by RoverTac comes well packaged and has a nice nylon carrying that in includes a belt loop. It also includes a 9 piece screwdriver set with a socket driver. The Multi-tool has a 3" knife blade, pliers which are very sturdy, can opener, bottle opener and a phillips screwdriver which also is the driver set for the 9 pieces attachment drives. What I will cation you on is the SAFETY LOCKING BLADE. I've noticed on several knives including this one that when they are new, the safety lock does not engage. Make sure the blade is fully extended to engage the locking mechanism. Nothing faulty, just be careful that it is totally engaged. If it is like the others this becomes easier with use." — Kmunshower
Get it from Amazon now: $16.99 & FREE Returns
8. FoodSaver 1-Quart BPA-Free Multilayer Vacuum Zipper Bags (18 Count)
Top-rated: 7,316 ratings
Highlight: Compatible with FoodSaver 4400/4840 series vacuum sealers, FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Sealer, FoodSaver Handheld Sealer Attachment, and FoodSaver Zipper Bag Adapter.
Helpful review: "I have been using this system and these bags for 2 months now. I love it! I read reviews before I bought it, because I have a tiny kitchen but wasn't sure about this type of setup compared to the larger heat-sealed system. THIS WORKS BETTER THAN I EXPECTED based on reviews.
I place an open sandwich bag inside the vacuum bag (unsealed), seal the vacuum bag and then vacuum. The result is that, so far, every one of my bags is still sealing perfectly (I got the idea from a review). I store cheese, meat, vegetables like cut onions, cucumbers: everything I can think of, I try. It really does keep things fresh much longer. Nice for a person that sometimes forgets things are in the frig until I run across them later. No more mystery yuck! Pretty fun! I put these bags on Subscribe & Save. So far, I have had to skip 2 months of orders since they are lasting so much longer than I expected" — Diane
Get it from Amazon now: $7.89 ($0.44 / Count) & FREE Returns
9. FoodSaver V4400 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine with Automatic Bag Detection and Starter Kit
Top-rated: 5,509 ratings
Highlight: Meat preserved with the FoodSaver system in the freezer can last up to 3 years and still taste fresh, flavorful, and freezer burn free.
Helpful review: "I am in love with this thing. I just got a new top freezer fridge and am looking at small Energy Star Rated freezers for my cellar. This prompted a reexamination of my eating habits, as I am single and have an 80 mile round trip commute.