How to Properly Skin & Butcher Alligator 

How to Properly Skin & Butcher Alligator

How to Properly Skin & Butcher Alligator: You will need a steady table at a comfortable height, good lighting, a sharp knife and sharpener, a scraper and
salt to get started. You can learn “How to clean, fillet, debone and skin an alligator” by watching the Florida
Sportsman – Seminar Series video at YouTube.com/FLSportsman.

Cut lines for skinning an alligator for commercial sale or use in the making of alligator leather products
How do I properly store my alligator meat until I am ready to cook it?
Store fresh alligator meat in the coldest part of your refrigerator at 32 degrees F for up to two days. If you want to
marinate it, only do so with the meat in the refrigerator.
To freeze it, wrap the meat tightly to prevent freezer burn and store at 0 degrees F for up to six months.
It’s recommended that you date the package and mandatory to label each package with the CITES tag number
and license holder’s name using permanent ink.
After handling raw alligator meat, thoroughly wash knives, cutting surfaces, sponges and hands with hot,
soapy water.

How to Properly Skin & Butcher Alligator 

What’s the best way to preserve my alligator hide for future use?
If done correctly, a brine solution for both curing and storing alligator hides is one of the best ways. But close
attention must be paid to keep the brine saturated with salt, and hides should be checked frequently to assure
proper curing. Information on this can be found on the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council’s website –
AlligatorFur.com/alligator/hide.htm.

How to Properly Skin & Butcher Alligator

A listing of Florida alligator hide dealers can be found at MyFWC.com/Alligator.
Am I allowed to sell any of the meat, hide or parts of my harvested alligator?
You are allowed to sell the meat only if it was processed by a licensed alligator processing facility. Hides may only
be sold to licensed fur and hide dealers, which can be found at MyFWC.com/Alligator. You are, however, allowed
to give or sell skeletal parts (including the skull) to anyone. But records must be kept showing who the parts were
transferred to.

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