My brother got a 7. buck the other day and asked me to grind it all up for ground deer. So we removed most of the fat, bones, and silverskin and bagged it up and put it in the chest freezer. Well this morning i checked on it and theres still a bunch of meat in the bags that didnt freeze yet and dont exactly feel like its below 40F. Obviously the freezer is cold enough because some of the meat is frozen but where some meat got stacked ontop each other didnt freeze yet.
I read some people let the deer hang in a cool place days, even weeks before freezing. Id imagine these cool places are not 40F.
Should we toss 100+ lbs or is it still safe?