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    Dear Heads

    Hi All,
    Firstly I am new on this site as of about 2 months ago, have read through lots of posts and found it very useful and interesting.
    So finally found something that others may find useful seen as I have learnt so much.
    Basically I have started boiling out my own Roe Buck heads as keeping them was becoming a little hard, so i started with the usual boiling water, i actually used a old catering urn that my mother "seems" not to use anymore.
    After i had taken the skin, ears etc and as much underlying flesh as possible, i tried to work out how to get them totally spotless of flesh as i can imagine they will smell if you leave the tinyest little bit of sinu on.
    I tried a scrubbing brush, toothbrush etc but was not getting far, so eventually with a young roe head that i was willing to take the risk with I turned to the garden power washer and within about 5 minutes it turned it spotless inside and out with no damage at all, "I will not sign a disclaimer on this". I did 4 yesterday afternoon and they all worked really well, just learnt the slightly older 1s need a little longer boiling.
    The only downside you do have a few bits of flesh flying about, but for its reduced hassle in my case sweeping up afterwards was much easier.
    Not sure this will be of any use and it may not be for some, just thought i would post and see what people think.
    Thanks
    Alex

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    might try that idea. i think the dogs will like hoovering up the left overs off the patio. Better do it when the wife is out though
    Jonathon

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    I did my first head 5 weeks ago, I was told to use a power washer, it works fine, but what you need to do is make sure you keep your mouth closed, wear goggles and full PPE, I was getting bits of brain backwashed onto me, (looks like puss) also, it doesn't smell the greatest....I can still smell it now thinking about it.

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    Put mine in the nettle patch near where lots of flies hang out hopefully it will be picked clean by natures little wonders in a week or two
    No bits of braisn from the power washer for me TJ ...lol lots
    BTW Malc has described this in a previous thread using caustic soda to do the final clean up process

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    Gents I can definitely guarantee the caustic soda after seeing it on the site postings, I put loads salt in as well boiled up a treat. my trophy's a muntjac and roe buck came out more gleaming than a Hollywood porn stars teeth.
    Trapper

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    As I've said in another thread, the important points are to get the bone as clean as possible of flesh, skin etc before you apply the bleaching agent - be prepared to spend a bit of time on this if necessary. Letting nature dothe work is effective but you end up with a stained skull. Once the bone has been allowed to dry out you never seem to get effective bleaching.

    Must admit that I haven't tried the power washer approach, but it does sound effective. It's certainly important to clean out the brain & nasal cartilage. Might try it sometime when Mrs Mole is out ..........

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    Do the antlers go into the caustic as well??
    How clean do you like the antlers to be, spotless or with a little natural dirt on them??
    basil.

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    No basil, keep the antlers well clear of the caustic soda as this will bleach them too.
    Suspend the skull in the soda just under the coronets. I usually tie a piece of string to the antlers and suspend the hole lot from a stick bridging across the tub you are bleaching it in.

    wadas

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    Re: Dear Heads

    Quote Originally Posted by nielaj
    Hi All,
    Firstly I am new on this site as of about 2 months ago, have read through lots of posts and found it very useful and interesting.
    So finally found something that others may find useful seen as I have learnt so much.
    Basically I have started boiling out my own Roe Buck heads as keeping them was becoming a little hard, so i started with the usual boiling water, i actually used a old catering urn that my mother "seems" not to use anymore.
    After i had taken the skin, ears etc and as much underlying flesh as possible, i tried to work out how to get them totally spotless of flesh as i can imagine they will smell if you leave the tinyest little bit of sinu on.
    I tried a scrubbing brush, toothbrush etc but was not getting far, so eventually with a young roe head that i was willing to take the risk with I turned to the garden power washer and within about 5 minutes it turned it spotless inside and out with no damage at all, "I will not sign a disclaimer on this". I did 4 yesterday afternoon and they all worked really well, just learnt the slightly older 1s need a little longer boiling.
    The only downside you do have a few bits of flesh flying about, but for its reduced hassle in my case sweeping up afterwards was much easier.
    Not sure this will be of any use and it may not be for some, just thought i would post and see what people think.
    Thanks
    Alex
    i have been power washing heads for 15 years now in a beer barrel cut off near the top ,i can get 3 sika heads into it about 50 mins is enough tape up the nose bone as it can over cook and fall apart when washing ,o and take the jaw off before cooking ,then strain and add veg and a few glasses of red , nice with cruste bread ,mmmmmmmmmmm

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    The power washer do's work well. Like other have said take care not to blow of the nose bone with to much pressure. I boil and then scrape of as much meat as i can with a blunt knife. The dogs love all the debris out of the boiling pan. I bleach mine with peroxide 30%. Don't use household bleach, Hypochlorite. They look OK to start with but go off white quickly. These days most heads get thrown in to the dog kennel.
    i end up with a nice short head cut/ chew.

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