To cut meat, I always cut open a kitchen trash bag and lay it over my counter to put the meat on--lots easier cleanup. Grab your knife, sharpener, cutting board and get to it. The lower legs with all the tendony stuff in them are best for bottled meat or ground up for burger. Above the joint you get some really nice chunks perfect for roasts, steaks, jerky, etc.--just look at your chunk of meat and ask yourself "What does this chunk of meat want to be?" Ha ha ha--just kidding, but it's almost that easy. You actually ask--"What cuts can I get out of this chunk of meat?" Real thin pieces won't make good steaks (steaks are particularly good cut across the grain), but might work for jerky or bottled meat. Some pieces can provide any number of cuts, you just look at the bowls and decide what kind of cut you want more of and start cutting it. I'm only making steaks, jerky, and bottled meat with this elk--those are my 3 favorite ways to eat elk, and I'm in charge of the butcher job, so that's how I'm cutting it.
Here's the hind quarter partly cut up. I have bowls on the counter to put the cut meat in--one for steaks, one for jerky strips, and one for bottled meat chunks. One good "roast" piece can give you some of each cut, so I just sort as I go and pack the meat when the bowls get full or the bone gets empty.
Same hind quarter, turned over, minus the meat--my dog had a good time with this one . . .
Next post . . . bottled meat!