Venison is a delicacy in many parts of the world, but deer meat sometimes retains the flavor and scent of the wild, often referred to as gaminess. While some prefer this taste, others prefer to make venison seem more like familiar farm-raised animals. According to A. D. Livingston, author of “The Venison Cookbook,” soaking the venison in baking soda and water improves the appearance of the deer meat and removes most of the odor.
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda per quart of cold water to soak 2 to 3 pounds of meat.
Place the venison in a glass or plastic bowl or container. Baking soda may react with the surface of metal bowls, altering the flavor of the meat.
Pour the baking soda and water mixture over the venison until the meat is covered with the solution. Seal the container and place it in the refrigerator.
Soak stew meats and other small cuts of venison overnight. Soak larger cuts, such as roasts and ribs, for two days.
Rinse the meat with cold water before using it in your favorite recipe. Pat the meat dry with paper towels or soft cloth.