Store the Jerky Right

Jerky Storage Tips and Guidelines

Jerky is renowned for its longevity and durability. After all, the flavorful, low calorie dried meat is the ideal hunting and fishing snack because it keeps for a long time and can be transported without special storage considerations. Maximizing that longevity is a quick and easy process that can be achieved by following a few simple jerky storage guidelines:

1) When storing commercially vacuum-packed jerky, do so in a cool, dry area. An environment that is free from excessive heat, light and moisture will prevent the healthy snack from aging before its time.

2) For homemade jerky, refrigerate those quantities which will not be consumed within two weeks. If you do not plan to consume the jerky for an even more extended period of time, freezing is the best option.

3) Keep the jerky in smaller, individual serving size packages when freezing. Doing so will allow the jerky to retain all of its terrific flavor and texture. You can freeze jerky for up to six months.

4) Store jerky in plastic bags with locking, re-sealable tops. For further protection, wrap the plastic bag in aluminum foil.

5) Air tight jars are ideal when storing jerky at room temperature. Be careful not to place jerky that is still warm in the jars before it is given an opportunity to adequately cool. Failing to do this can lead to the buildup of sweat on the inside of the container and could foster the growth of mold down the line. Keep in mind that when cooking jerky at home, allow for a freshness duration of no more than two months, especially if the jerky is prepared from wild game meat. Of course, commercially-packed air dried foods can last for much longer, sometimes as much as one or two years. Refer to the manufacturer's label for specific information about the jerky you purchase.

Guest Author: Gary Rangland



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