Bartering with Mavis – Organic Deer for Dry Goods

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About a month ago, Chino the Handyman went hunting with his brothers and bagged a deer. When I had asked him what he was going to do with all the meat, he offered to barter some of it with me when he picked it up from the butcher.

Yesterday, when I came home from running errands, Chino the Handy Man had dropped off a big bag of goodness on my porch. 17 pounds of free range, organic deer meat to be exact.

Here’s what was in the bag:

  • 3 Roasts {2-3 pounds each}
  • 4 packages of ground meat {1.5 pounds each}
  • 3 packages of deer chops {what are deer chops anyway?}
Hot diggety! 10 packages of meat. Wahoooo!

Chino made me work out the details with Girly Girl.  So I called her up, stood in my pantry, and started rambling off the things I thought she might like. Pasta, squash, canned pears, a 2 year old bottle of maraschino cherries, batteries, flour sack towels, cupcake liners, quinoa, a coupon for $25 off at Pottery Barn, Boboli pizza crusts and more.

I’m really happy with the deal because organic meat is my favorite thing to barter for.

What do you think? Who got the better deal?

Mavis, or Chino the Handyman?

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  1. Michele B says:

    I think you both did awesome! Sharing items so that you both get some of what you want is a wonderful concept! :)

  2. I agree with Michele B, you both got what you wanted…..which is what bartering is all about.

  3. If you both are happy, I’m happy for you. Personally, I would have wanted what Chino got from you…..Deer meat meatballs (2 small ones) once a year at family gatherings are more than enough for me!

  4. For myself….you defn did better. Maybe I am bias…I really really dont like deer meat!

  5. Nichole F. says:

    You are joking with the “organic” label… right???? lol.

  6. I think this one was pretty even steven. Meat is expensive but so are a lot of the items you traded. Great job, Mavis!

    I also love that you probably got much of what you gave away from free or cheap with coupons and he got the deer meat for less because he hunted it (but paid for, I assume, a license and butcher services). So you both saved at the front end too.


  7. Deb Miller says:

    You both got a great deal! I love deer meat and that would be so awesome to have someone to barter with like that!

  8. Your spanx link is broken in the previous posts. Can you fix it? I want to check it out. Thanks!

  9. Helen in Meridian says:

    I am not a regular Pottery Barn shopper, but if I had that $25 off certificate, I would buy their pillow in red and cream with the reindeer and sleigh.

  10. The only thing that makes that a good deal is you coupon and dont pay retail price..Otherwise they would have gotten the smoken deal….

  11. getting anything “organic” (good one, wild is the only true organic out there. ha ha) is awesome, especially meat. you totally scored!

  12. I’d say you did better. Mostly because I can’t seem to get my hands on any venison at all and would probably give a lot more than that for what you got! I love the stuff.

  13. I think Chino got the better deal because I’m not a big meat eater.

  14. I am biased. I detest venison.

  15. Venison chops are very tender when cooked right. We marinate and grill them. I have a good marinade recipe that I can pass on to you if you’d like it.

  16. Sounds like your both happy with the trade. I’ve found that each deer can have its own taste, so hopefully this deer meat is extra good.

  17. We call deer chops the meat from along the backbone, basically the tenderloin of the deer. Very tender and a prime piece of meat. Just be sure not to overcook – venison is dry by nature and overcooking it will not be pleasant.

  18. The deer is very probably free range, but may not be organic. Wild animals eat all sorts of stuff, which often include farmers’ planted fields- which may be treated with herbisides or pesticides. While the deer did not recieve growth hormones or commercial feed with meds added, he may have injested other chemicals. If you truely want organic, you should buy certified organic. Just my .02.

  19. We always butcher our own deer to save on cost. Around here butchering fees ar $50 per deer plus the hide. Our largest deer this year (my daughter’s big 10 point) yeileded just over 40 lbs of meat (trimmed of all fat and yuckie,and no neck or rib meat ), but that is rare. So for the price of butchering and liscence fees, and nearly half a deer, I’d say you did pretty good. The chops are good fried in butter with sauteed onins, or marinated and grilled, or tossed in the crock pot with tomatoes and peppers and onions. Just be warned that if you aren’t used to eating venison or other wild meats, it can cause some…er… digestive disturbances at first.

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