I am in the process of making cubed venison for bait and my time to do this is limited. I have four days now and 12 days in November to get it done before my season starts in late January.
I have mixed 1 1/2 cups of sodium benzoate with one gallon of cubed fresh(frozen & thawed) venison, if it does not stop gasing before I have to leave, can I freeze it in freezer bags(which I assume will stop the gasing), thaw it in November and will it continue the process? Or will it continue to work on the meat while frozen for an extended period?
With the bait that I am tainting now- I will have to freeze it. Should I add the sodium benzoate before I freeze it or wait and thaw and then add the sodium benzoate? I don't know the properties of sodium bensoate under freezing conditions but I do know that sliced/seasoned jerky meat fully seasons while frozen awaiting drying & that rigormortis does reverse under frozen conditions, both of which takes a lot longer than under refridgerator(34 - 36 degrees) conditions. So, given an extended period of time while frozen, will sodium benzoate preseve meat while frozen?
If I make to much bait and properly preseve it will it be fine for next year? Or is it pretty much like anything canned,fine forever unless the lid pops? I'm putting up the bait in quart canning jars.
Sorry to be so long winded. If no one has had experience with this maybe we'll learn something since I've no choice but to try it.