Sending Jerky to California from Wisconsin

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by ddemerath, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. ddemerath

    ddemerath Smoke Blower

    Last night I picked up some sirloin steaks and sliced it up for some jerky.  My son out in San Diego asked if I could send some his way.  That's the dilemma.  We are in WI and I wonder if it would spoil even if I shipped it overnight. 

    The jerky will be marinating in a mixture of  coke-a-cola, rice vinegar, soy sauce, onion powder and paprika for the next 2-3 days.  I plan on smoking it on Saturday or Sunday. 

    Since there is no cure involved, can it be shipped safely.  The cost of shipping may prevent it altogether, but it might be a nice surprise.

  2. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your not going to add cure?

    I ship to my sons in Iraq/Afgn and it arrives in great cond but i cure the jerky and spray with potassium sorbate before i vac seal.
  3. slownlow

    slownlow Smoking Fanatic

    Just like Nepas asked,  cure it!   You should always use cure in your jerky.   Go ahead and add it to your marinade now, and then you don't have to pay to overnight it.
  4. ddemerath

    ddemerath Smoke Blower

    So it would be ok to add cure and let it soak for 2 more days.  The rrecipe didn't call for it.
  5. ddemerath

    ddemerath Smoke Blower

    if it makes any difference, it did contain salt also.
  6. slownlow

    slownlow Smoking Fanatic

    I'll let the resident cure experts chime in, but I would put cure#1 in (it doesn't have salt) and let it soak for 2 more days.

    I'll add this too, even though the recipe didn't call for cure you should always use it to be safe. And if you use Morton Tender quick, you'll need to adjust the salt in the rest of the recipe otherwise it'll be to salty.  That's why I suggest to use cure #1 so you don't have to worry about it getting to salty.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011
  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  8. ddemerath

    ddemerath Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the link.  I will go home tonight and add the cure so I know it will be safe to ship to CA.  Hopefully an extra day won't hurt the final results.  Luckily I have some cure #1 in the cupboard for bacon makin'!

    We will also be trying my first batch of snack sticks this weekend.
  9. slownlow

    slownlow Smoking Fanatic

  10. I use TQ in mine. I shipped some from NC to Milwaukee. No problem.
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree on the cure and  I think you should send it to me to test for your son. I live in N San Diego County and would be happy to test it for you [​IMG]

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