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John C6-Jan-09 11:05
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I make jerky all the time and have for years, I also have a meat smoker the same little chief someone else recommended, but I don't recommend smoking your beef jerky, instead get one of these: http://www.nesco.com/ dehydrators at your local walmart or department store (cheap). Immediately upon opening it throw away the packets of jerky spice and cure and do not use hamburger to make jerky unless you absolutely have to (it's not jerky).

It's much easier to use and you can buy bottles of liquid smoke at the grocery store which is basically just smoke flavoured water and contains nothing else and takes only a couple of drops in your marinade to get that smoky flavour.

If you want a smoker then it's a whole other route entirely, very messy and very tricky for anything more complex than jerky.

I only use mine for salmon and beef brisket (Montreal style smoked meat / pastrami) and the occasional pork shoulder for pulled pork (very tasty).

When you make your own jerky without the nitrates you won't get red jerky, that's the main point of the nitrates they keep the meat red even when cooked. Instead you will get brown jerky looking like cooked meat.

I prefer flank steaks for jerky because I like the extra tastiness from the fat, just put it on a cutting board layed out flat in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to firm it up then slice thin. (With the grain for chewy jerky and against the grain for just eating but not very chewy beef jerky which might be better for children) Thinner slices dry faster and take less seasoning to flavour but they taste more like cooked meat than thicker slices which can be done a little less and are less picky about the timing so they are not overdone.

Also when dehydrating make sure the temperature is enough for safety and take a piece out and let it cool off periodically to see if it's done, they will seem a lot more pliable when hot but will be very different when they cool.

For extra safety you should do a warm vinegar dip of the slices before you put them in the marinade or rub. You can find info online, it's basically a university study showing the bacteria content of different pre-treatments. If you have a good clean source of meat and keep very clean conditions in your kitchen when processing it's not really an issue but better safe than sorry especially with children.

Aside from all that a lot of red meat is still not ideal for humans and you can get protein from plant and other sources that is easy to eat and can be tasty depending on how you prepare it, have you looked at soya or tuna instead?


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