How long can jerky sit in the cure?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by humdinger, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I sliced and prepped some venison and beef jerky monday (10-26) afternoon. (Used cure #1 at a ratio 1tsp/5lb.) It's been in the fridge in ziplock bags with the air sucked out since then. (about 48 hours) I squish and rotate twice daily. My question is, how long can it sit like this before I have to get it in the smoker?
     
  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    HD,, I usually go 2 days, I would think that the flavor and salt will be more pronounced the longer it stays in the marinade.
     
  3. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks moon. I'm sure it's ok from a saftey stand point. I just dont want to ruin the meat.
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You should be safe at 2 weeks, as long as it is below 38 degs. F.... 34 would be better...
     
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think Dave has you covered but I do mine for about a day or two,, depends on what I am doing. 

    DS
     
  6. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks guys. Appreciate the input.
     

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