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Offline Michael

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Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« on: August 26, 2006, 02:05:01 pm »
I'm trying my hand at some beef jerky.  I did a quick search but I couldn't find anything suggesting if I should cut my beef slices with the grain or against the grain. 

Offline MRH

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2006, 02:10:31 pm »
I have always cut with the grain.  I think it will tend to fall apart if you cut across it.


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Offline pfowl01

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006, 06:16:38 am »
I cut it wich ever way it will fit in the slicer. Done jerky about five times now and I can't tell a difference across the grain or with it.

Offline nsxbill

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2006, 09:58:19 am »
I have done it both ways, and I like the tenderness of the cuts across grain myself.  Cutting with the grain makes it far more chewy than I like with these old teeth!

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2006, 10:15:27 am »
The traditional method is to cut it with the grain. I sometimes jerk eye of round and of course it only makes sense to cut against the grain with that particular piece. making nice round slices.

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2006, 08:27:36 am »
The answer will mostly lie with the shape of the meat you are starting with.  If you want to jerk a round steak you need to go with the grain because it was cut against the grain when it was steaked.  If you have a roast, you can choose.

My strong preferrence is against the grain.  It produces a jerky that easily snaps off in your teeth and almost melts in your mouth. :P  I personally hate chewy with-the-grain jerky.  Makes me feel like a dog working on a chew toy.

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2006, 10:48:59 am »
I'll eat jerky like potato chips when it's cut against the grain. Cutting it with the grain slows me down and I find myself savoring the product more.

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2006, 01:51:00 pm »
i have done it both ways,, but i guess im a mutt,  i like the chewing part,, so my vote would be with the grain

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2006, 06:51:36 pm »
my fingernails are turning brown...

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2006, 08:00:48 pm »
I'm trying my hand at some beef jerky.

Done jerky about five times now and I can't tell a difference

I have done it both ways, and I like the tenderness

I sometimes jerk

The answer will mostly lie with the shape of the meat you are starting with.  If you want to jerk...My strong preferrence is...It produces a jerky that easily snaps off in your teeth and almost melts in your mouth.

and I find myself savoring the product more.

i have done it both ways,, but i guess im a mutt,  i like the chewing part

my fingernails are turning brown...

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Re: Jerky - Cut with or against the grain?
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2006, 04:41:53 am »
Kirk,

Me thinks you are turning this thread into a spammer's dream. ;D


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