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Offline NorthShoreMN

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First jerky
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:25:25 pm »
No deer this year but local butcher rounded up 10 pounds of elk trimmings for me. Trimmed all fat,silver skin &tenons out and ground it up. Used Ragweeds recipe and let it cure overnight then stuffed into 3 1/2 " casings.  Semi froze it then ran through slicer.  Put disks on dehydrator.  Only remembered to get two pictures. First batch on dehydrator I think I cut too thin. Turned out fine but
Chip like. Just sliced more, thicker, and started dehydrator again



« Last Edit: March 02, 2014, 01:28:24 pm by NorthShoreMN »
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Re: First jerky
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 02:06:27 pm »
Looks real good Paul
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Re: First jerky
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014, 02:39:18 pm »
Looks like a great job, I like to do them thin sometimes, it gives it a whole new texture if you don't over dry them.

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2014, 08:41:50 pm »
Nice job Paul, I just did a batch myself but added a little more cayenne and some  Penzeys Northwoods Fire seasoning to Joe's recipe to kick it up a little. I sliced mine 1/4" thick and they came out great. I just used very lean beef roast on sale and course ground it. My BIL was supposed to bring some venison by but never showed up.

Offline ragweed

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2014, 11:37:11 am »
Looks good, Paul.  How'd the 2nd batch turnout?

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2014, 01:02:24 pm »
Ragweed,
2nd batch in dehydrator turned out better thicker and more flavor. I still have one stick left. Do you slice by hand or on a slicer? How thick do you slice the rounds.
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Re: First jerky
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2014, 08:04:01 pm »
I slice by hand.  To be honest, I never thought about a slicer.  Probably 'cause Dad didn't have one when he first made these.  As to thickness, I try for 1/4 to 5/16ths inch.  Slicing by hand works great.  That way, they don't all finish at the same time!   ;) ;)   

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2014, 05:08:14 am »
I used a slicer but the chubs were not frozen solid. I do not know how well it would work frozen solid. Mine were frozen about 5 hours and were quite firm but the very middle were a little soft but I had no problems. I also peeled the casing off before slicing if hand slicing it may be better to leave the casing on. Not sure but Joe can tell you.  :)

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2014, 06:33:27 am »
I leave the casings on when slicing, but remember when I did the double batch, when I went to do the second chubs the next day, I couldn't get the casings off.  :( :(  So now I only do one 5 lb batch at a time, my capacity.  I leave mine in the freezer for about 4 hrs.  They come out just barely frozen.  Enough to slice, but still wet enough to peel the casings before drying.

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2014, 04:43:59 pm »
Last of jerky in dryer now.  They do take longer when cut thicker but they do have more flavor.  Had 8 racks in use. 
Will definitely do this again.
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Re: First jerky
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2014, 07:39:11 pm »
I leave the casings on when slicing, but remember when I did the double batch, when I went to do the second chubs the next day, I couldn't get the casings off.  :( :(  So now I only do one 5 lb batch at a time, my capacity.  I leave mine in the freezer for about 4 hrs.  They come out just barely frozen.  Enough to slice, but still wet enough to peel the casings before drying.

Joe, have you ever tried leaving the casing on a couple of them to see if it shrinks down with the jerky or if the jerky would shrink away from the casing allowing you to just pick it up off the rack after drying?

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2014, 08:04:46 pm »
I leave the casings on when slicing, but remember when I did the double batch, when I went to do the second chubs the next day, I couldn't get the casings off.  :( :(  So now I only do one 5 lb batch at a time, my capacity.  I leave mine in the freezer for about 4 hrs.  They come out just barely frozen.  Enough to slice, but still wet enough to peel the casings before drying.

Joe, have you ever tried leaving the casing on a couple of them to see if it shrinks down with the jerky or if the jerky would shrink away from the casing allowing you to just pick it up off the rack after drying?

Yes, I have.  When I had problems with the double batch.  It was worse.  Had to cut the casings off!

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2014, 08:06:43 pm »
Thanks Joe, I had been thinking about it and figured that you would know the answer. :)

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Re: First jerky
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2014, 07:09:17 am »
I've done the same thing for years. The only difference is I simply use plastic food wrap. I form the jerky mix into a large log and lay it lengthwise on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the log in the plastic wrap and twist the ends in opposite directions. You continue to twist the ends until you have a nice round log and throw it in the freezer.

It works really well and it's both inexpensive plus there is no mess to clean up afterwards.

This reminds me I need to make jerky.  ;D

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