Jerky Making Supplies

Jerky can be made from lean beef, chicken or turkey breast, and wild game. Quality meat means quality jerky but you don't have to pay a high price. Watch the sales at your local supermarket and take advantage of them. One local store here regularly runs a buy one get one free promotion on rump roast or flank steak. That's half price and there is no reason not to freeze the meat for making jerky at a later date. By the way, if your freezer is like ours, you'll probably find a piece of beef or chicken in there that's lost it's eye appeal but is still fine to eat. It will make great jerky! Lean ground beef like ground round will make good jerky and can be a lot of fun for kids with cookie cutters too! Beef flank steak is your best buy. There is no waste at all because flank steak is all lean, pure red meat with consistent straight grain making it easy to prepare. Chicken and turkey breast meat are also perfect for making even lower fat, healthier jerky snacks. Pork should never be used for jerky. The pork version of jerky is bacon which requires a different blend of cure and spices as well as completely different processing. Wild game like deer and rabbit are well suited to jerky making if the meat has been promptly and properly processed. The curing process used to make jerky will greatly reduce the gamy flavor of wild meats. Prepare deer and rabbit as described for beef. Game birds should be treated like chicken.

Everyone enjoys homemade sausage and fresh sauerkraut.

Meats

Making Healthy Homemade Sausage, High Protein Jerky and Cured Meats