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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Misshapen Deliciousness... Beef Jerky!


Saturday and Sunday were putz around food days... I had an Eye of Round beef roast, and the only reason I would buy this cut of clear, tough, kind-of-flavorless meat, would be to turn it into a tougher, far more flavorful product known as- Beef Jerky! This time of year in Michigan, thoughts turn to the great outdoors... Much like our ancestors, we pack a little traveling food to eat on the trail(or a bar!). Over the years, I've come up with a pretty good working knowledge of making jerky and sausage for the times we wear flannel, and pretend we're hunters!
I marinate the trimmed, cut-into-strips beef, in a water, brown sugar, non-iodized salt, onion, garlic, Worcester sauce, red pepper flakes, liquid smoke, celery seed brine (try saying that in one breath!). 24 hours later, I dry it and place on racks in my dehydrator.. about 4-5 hours later, we got product! 4lbs. of fresh meat will yield 2lbs. of jerky. Around here, beef jerky sells for $15 a lb.... I make superior jerky for about $5 a lb.! People ask what is the shelf life of this stuff. I tell them I don't know, it never lasted longer than a week before it was all gone!

24 comments:

MarmiteToasty said...

I and me lads tried this stuff 3 years ago when we was in Wiscontance... I thought it was like chewing on an old dried up piece of skingraft that someone had dropped on the floor LOL.... Sam loved it and Jacob said it was like chewing on a leather belt LOL.... we bought some back for me other 2 lads to try and they LOVED it.... bloody jerkie jerks.....

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buffalodick said...

XXX rated reply, cover your eyes and ears if you are a prude, or underage..I put more flavor into it than the commercial stuff! Riddle me this... What do you call a bull masturbating? Either Beef Jerky, or Beef Strokin' off...

MarmiteToasty said...

Oh my delicate ears and eyes LMFAO....

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Akelamalu said...

Oh Buff I'm blushing after reading your comment to Marmie! :0

Is beef jerky anything like Pork Scratchings - Pork Rinds I think you call them? I love those! :)

buffalodick said...
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buffalodick said...

Fair warning was given- You of all people would take umbrage to my remark... I bet you laffed your butt off..
Ake- No, pork rinds are nasty- by all accounts!
To All From Great Britain- you're as funny and as vulgar as any Yank ever pretended to be! Hugs to all across that Pond..

MarmiteToasty said...

We aint vulgar, we is dignified and classy and quiet and shy and softly spoken LMFAO hahahahahahahaha

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Insane Mama said...

Oh man, I love home made jerky. I used to make it all the time, but haven't in a long time

doggybloggy said...

your 'sauce' sounds great...why non iodized salt though?

buffalodick said...

Marmy- Yeah, right!
InsaneM- Nothing like dried bits of dead cow, that's what I say!
DogB-Iodine streaks the meat with a weird color- gray and brown isn't pretty..

Michelle Ann said...

Beef Jerky brings back memories. My dad used to bring me home big pepper strips from the local bar he frequented. I loved those things!

Lulda Casadaga said...

Love that stuff...but have to watch the sodium content...gots me some HP problems. :(

Anyway,just discovered some jalapeno jerky which I just LOVE!!!

Hey, Marmie should I send you some of that in your package?

MarmiteToasty said...

lulda - is this jalapeno jerky a kind, funny lovely bloke? then yes LMFAO if its a bit of old chews hamstring then no lmfao

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Mona said...

It looks like what lime has hanging out there to dry on her blog! she asked us to make a guess & we all thought it was noodles!

Buf< can you check at Lime's blog & confirm if it was jerky or not! I am so curious to know what that is!

Cooked Jerky certainly sounds better!

Before I came to your blog I always thought that the people of America used only salt & pepper in their food!

We learn so much from each other!

buffalodick said...

Michelle- This batch hit all the notes I like: Not too salty, not too sweet, plenty of heat and flavor!
lulda- When you make your own, you can really control what is in it!
Mona- I'll go take a look on Limes blog... America, more of a melting pot of cultures than most of the world, has been exposed to so many different foods and spices, almost any flavor you have ever heard of can be obtained!

g-man said...

Eye of Round is indeed the perfect Jerky cut in my opinion.
Great Job Buff!!

Beth said...

I do love me some jerky...hint hint!

Queenie said...

Never tried it, but its never to late to say never!!!!!!!!
Whats this i see you mis-leading my mate marmie......

Mona said...

Buf, they turned out to be apple peels, hung for drying! I wonder what they use dry apple peels for!

buffalodick said...

g0-man- Cuts easy, and absorbs brine predictably!
Beth- All of it is gone- already!
Queenie- Like she needs protection! Ha!
mona- I live here, and have no idea!

Real Live Lesbian said...

What my Dad makes NEVER lasts! I adore it!

You're kinda nasty with the bull jokes...but I like it! ;)

Bina said...

My boys just LOVE jerkey! Beef and dear both. Me? I have to work too hard to eat it but I do like the taste.

This is the second time in a week I've heard about "brine" and before this, I have never heard it before. EVER! Someone had mentioning brining a turkey. Do you do that?

buffalodick said...

R.L.L.- I gave warning! I have much worse than that in my memory banks!
bina- I preach the sermon of brine for turkey every Thanksgiving! It works, I've proven it, and it's easy!

Tanya Kristine said...

i make tofu jerky. delicious! really!! an di hate tofu.