storing jerky

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by meskc, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. meskc

    meskc Fire Starter

    I am getting ready to make a large batch of jerky Sunday. I will make about 15lbs. What is the best way to store for the long haul. I will vacuum seal them in smaller bundles. The jerky will be cured. Thanks
     
  2. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    the vacuum sealed small bundles should be fine (i'd keep them in the freezer until use) but once each bundle is opened, i've found the best storage container to be a spaghetti sauce or similarly-sized jar with a few holes poked in the lid.

    is this 15 pounds before or after drying? if it is after, your plan sounds good. if it is before, expect about 3 lbs of finsihed jerky. with a batch like that, i'd simply keep it in a pan or a few jars as described above on the top shelf of a closet that the kids can't reach.
     
  3. meskc

    meskc Fire Starter

    15 lbs. before drying. I could not imagine doing 15 lbs after drying with a 30" MES.
     
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    On average I yield 33% dry product when finished doing jerky-I also sucky bag and freeze for long term,once opened it's as moist as when it went in.good luck on the jerky.
     
  5. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    desertlites brings up a good point, there are a lot of different preferences when it comes to the moistness (or dryness) of jerky and that will have a lot to do with determining your storage method. i tend to dry myne pretty well so that the outside is rather leathery and there is just a bit of moisture left on the inside. others prefer it fairly moist both outside and in. the advice i gave would be good for my kind of jerky, but maybe not for others.
     
  6. scpatterson

    scpatterson Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like mine dry inside and out and I use just a plastic container to store it in.....Nothing fancy.
     
  7. meskc

    meskc Fire Starter

    Good information. Thanks
     
  8. Vacuumed sealed and into the freezer. I prefer small batches in the vacuum bags so when it is pulled from the freezer there is no need to store..........yum!
     
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now thats waht I was going to say is vaccumed packed and into the freezer with it. Then just take it out as you need it.
     

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