Venison Jerky

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by holdem, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. holdem

    holdem Fire Starter

    After I take my jerky out... I assume it should sit on the counter for awhile?? I've also read through some old posts that say to place the jerky in a paper sack for storage. Why is that?

    thanks, Robb
  2. holdem

    holdem Fire Starter

  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Are you talking about setting it on the counter between the brine/marinade and the smoke or taking it out of the smoker or out of the dehydration phase?  I usually move mine right through these phases without pausing for any transition.  I also have never heard of the paper sack idea.  I ziplock mine when it's finished.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Don't forget the Q-view!
  5. holdem

    holdem Fire Starter

    I was talking about after removing it from the smoker. I have always put it in a zip lock baggie or foodsaver if I was freezing some. I read in an old post that the guy puts it in a paper sack. Just didn't know if I was missing something??

    Sorry, forgot the pics.

  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm not big on Jerky, but I have read what you're talking about at a number of places.

    Those places say if you're going to freeze it, put it in plastic, but if you're going to refrigerate it, put it in paper bags, or in a glass jar, because they say sealed plastic bags will cause moisture and this will cause mold.

    This is not coming from me, because I don't really know, but if you put "Jerky in Paper Bags", in a Google or Yahoo search, you'll find a bunch of info on it.


    BTW: Nice Crappie !!!!
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2011
  7. billwoos

    billwoos Newbie

    I usually make jerkey in the fall so it is a little cool. When I remove it from the smoker, I let it cool for a few hours on a rack before packaging. I never thought of a paper bag but it makes sense, think I will try that next batch.

  8. holdem

    holdem Fire Starter

    Thanks!! 17 inches...pretty big for thru the ice in Iowa.
  9. viper1

    viper1 Meat Mopper

    We used to pull it and let cool. Then the old timers put it in jars leaving plenty of air space. They claimed that there is always a few pieces with some moisture left. This would cause it to distribution threw all of them. Then it was low enough it didn't hurt. Then they would bag and freeze. Also some was kept in a lapped bag in refrigerator to eat. Paper breathes but plastic don't..

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  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'll say that's big------The PA state record for them is 19 1/4", caught in 2000.

    Biggest one I ever caught was only about 15".

  11. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have read about the paper bag on this site and believe that you keep it in the paper bag until it cools then either put in baggies or vac pack, reason already mentioned above it will breath and surface moisture will not be a issue.Gary
  12. nepas

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

    I always cool the jerky. Placing in a plastic bag will create moisture so thats why you see my posts with paper bags or vented jars.

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