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Sharing Jerky Information....4 Peeps and Pups

March 24th 2012 3:58 pm
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1st. I must say, I'm still munching away on my cookies, Gma made me! In fact, I will turn a SNOUT on the commerical treats and take the homemade 1st! NO NASTY extra chemicals in them....Made in your own kitchen!!!! In fact, Gma froze 2/3 the batch!!!! Cuz, I'd EAT,EAT,EAT
them and leave my KIBBLES! BOY! Can I put on a SHOW of ALL my TRICKS and STUNTS to get ONE of those COOKIES out of GMA!
I yodel,dance,spin,roll over,speak,stay,paw me please,lay down,crawl
and sit up..... CAN you believe it???? They are 10 STARS for me to go
through that pup and pony show...just for MY Cookie!

CAN MAKE JERKY FOR THE PUPS TOO! WE WILL PROVIDE THE INFORMATION HERE FOR WHAT PRODUCTS WE USE AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. (We just found out recently that you can buy seasonings for PUP jerky) Of course in this house my jerky is made from the same meats as my PEEPS!They will not feed me garbage

Gma has been using NESCO American Harvest Products for years. Our dehydrator comes from them. It is a FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro 700 Watt Unit. Right now it happens to be on sale and you will save. Less costly buying direct from company than in a retail store. Comes with 5 trays and can be expanded to 12 trays. (If you can't invest in a dehydrator you can use your oven on its lowest setting 160-170 range. You will have a little more shrinkage in meats)Will have to turn them a couple times.

We make most jerky with ground meat. You can used sliced meats. Depends on what you like the best. We also use their seasonings and salt cure. The cost is cheaper than using your own spices,salt,etc...
There are a variety of flavors for your peeps. The company now sells flavorings for PUP jerky....minus the nasty salt,onion and stuff ...Us FURS shouldn't have.

Long time ago we started with a 1lb. jerky gun... Draw back was how often you had to load the meat. This winter we found out they now make a 2.5lb. jerky gun....YIPPY!!!!!!! Goes a long WAYS before gun is empty. This is a BJX-12P Large Jerky Kit and comes with 12 spices/cure packets. So you are able to find out what you like the best. This is currently on sale for less than the small gun. The seasonings that come with will make 12 lbs. of jerky for your Daddy, Mommy and human siblings. All the instructions you need for this project come inside your box of seasonings. The jerky gun has 3 tips,a wide strip,double narrow strips and a round one for Slim Jim Jerky.

We mix about 6 lbs. of meat at one time. Leave it sit in our fridge for 24-48 hrs. Seasonings have a chance to work into the meat....
Pump onto dehydrator and dry for 4-6 hrs. depending on how much moisture is in the meat. We keep a bag of jerky in the fridge for high protein,low calorie snacks.We store our extra jerky
in the freezer. It will keep over a year frozen. You can make it 1 lb. at a time, if that is what you want to do. A 5 rack dehydrator will make 3 lbs. at a time. Unit can be expanded...holding up to 12 racks. How full your unit is will effect the drying time.

We must say, we haven't tried the pup seasonings from Nesco yet. We were just winging it for Mazy. A couple splashes light soy sauce and a little molasses mixed into ground venison.

There is another company that we use their seasoning called
HI MOUNTAIN JERKY,INC. They sell seasonings in small or large quantities. Also other products like smokers,sausage stuffers and dry spice meat rub mixes.

Making jerky for PUPS or PEOPLE is EASY,Quick and Cheap! Our daughter tells us, 1 big strip of jerky in the store is $1.80 and up.....
Our grandson snacks on jerky all the time. Way better than ALL the EXTRA sugary stuff he was eating...He started last year in 4-H making jerky... Now they make it all the time......Gma also makes for them. They invested in a dehydrator too...(You can dry all kinds of fruit in your dehydrator)Mazy likes dried apple slices....

The seasonings of both of these companies are available here in our Walmart and grocery stores. So check in your stores to see if the spices are carried where you live. Bought my 1st. jerky gun in Walmart 13 years ago. When our kids were young, I did the sliced meat jerky. You must cut if half frozen to cut the meat thin....
When we butchered I packaged meat for jerky making. Now we just make the jerky with ground meat. You can use any kind of ground meat or combo of meats for jerky.

We Hope we have provided you all the information you will need.
Everything is so Expensive.... it's Time we go back to doing alot
of these things ourselves. Parents and Grandparents make a family project out of this. Kids enjoy helping...Any questions? P-mail Mazy and she will try to answer them for you.


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Barked by: Coco Rose (Dogster Member)

March 25th 2012 at 7:25 pm

I want some jerky!!! Thank you Gma Keda for sharing your knowledge on jerky making with us. Momma is a bit confused regarding the ground meat use. Do you spread it loose on the trays or are you shaping it so it looks like logs or strips on the trays?

Momma also has a question not regarding jerky - How do you prevent meat in your freezers from getting freezer burn? We do have a Food Saver but we have never had more than the standard size freezer so it hasn't been an issue. Now that we will be moving to New Mexico we plan on getting a freezer just for a side of beef so we presume meat will be in the freezer longer than what we are used to.
Barked by: Coco Rose (Dogster Member)

March 26th 2012 at 7:14 pm

Mazy, momma made us some ham jerky today using the oven method and it turned out really well without even adding any additional flavoring. Puffy chowed down on his piece but of course I have to let mine "age" a bit before I eat it - BOL, BOL

Thank you Gma Keda for telling our human how to make jerky.
Barked by: Amazing Grace (Dogster Member)

March 29th 2012 at 3:45 pm

Miss Coco and Master Puff- the jerky gun is what you use to take the ground meat and make it into strips (flat) or sticks (slim jims) Go to the Nesco site and look at them.

Freezing meat...... We use a food saver with all the sausage we make. (The meat can be over 1 yr. and still like the day you did it. We just finished up last years sausage)

The freezing of beef. If when processed..the cuts are wrapped in plastic wrap first, then 1 sheet of heavy locker paper. It is possible to keep beef 18 months and have absolutely NO freezer burn.

Sometimes, our chicken and pork is put in vacuum seal bags for longer storage. Sometimes, we wrap in plastic wrap first and then put into freezer zip bags. or use locker paper on outside. Depends on how much I have on hand. I run 2 deep freezers. If, my garden does well, I'll be buying another. Some veggies freeze well but do not can. Others you can do either.

You can buy the seasonings,jerky gun and dehydrator in the stores like Walmart,K-mart,Target,etc... You'll get your best buy ordering from the company direct. They happen to be on sale right now.

You can also use your own seasoning in jerky making. If you are well stocked and do not have to go buy all the stuff, the cost might be a little less.???? Since everything has went up price wise, we think the commercial pre-measured seasonings are the way to go.

Whoever processes your meat...just make sure you tell them you want plastic wrap and then freezer locker paper. Here it is common practice to package this way. Our ground beef comes back in plastic freezer tubed bags of whatever amount you tell them to put in. 1, 1 1/2 or 2 lb. pkgs.

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