Originally posted by orangetom1999
Is that a seal a meal type gadget in the background of one of your pictures.
Yes, it is. I have been doing a bit of home food-processing while things are slow at work. There's also a food dehydrator visible to the right in
that same picture. I had been drying fruit earlier in the week.
My instinct before hand for long term storage would be to seal the finished jerky in a vacuum.
However I also understand the premise of your exertions ..can you do this without electricity. Excellent point.
Actually, I just now
got everything sealed and cleaned up in the kitchen. I vacuum-sealed the different batches. Recipe "A" has been more
popular with my wife, but she likes all food to be insanely hot. She also said it was even smokier than the rest. She also told me that working over
the grill gives me a "manly" scent. She wondered it mesquite would make a could cologne, along the lines of those "axe" commercials.
It seems like a great deal of my product "evaporated" in the kitchen, where the kids were millling about during this project. Still, I got 4
portions-for-two packed, and about 5 individual pouches made. The remind me of M.R.E.'s somehow.
I did all the work without electricity, except for the electric carving knife, and the vacuum packer used to save my work. The carving knife was
really handy, and I'd hate to have done it by hand. And yet, in a power outtage, I'd probably just jerk the entire joint, fat and all, and just
plan on eating the fatty sections first. I left the meat overnight in marinade in the fridge, but I could have done the same in the freezer, if the
power were out---it would be quite cool for maybe 8 hours or so.
I spent about an hour cutting off 8 lbs. or so of venison, let it soak overnight, and then let each batch go for about 4 hours. I could have rigged
up a 2nd, higher rack in the smoker, but didn't want them dripping on each other.
Oh..by the way...as per one of your earlier posts...did you drop that deer with your reliable .243 rifle?? Curious about this?
Exactly so. I really like the lever action; I seem to re-aquire the target a lot faster than with a bolt action rifle. Shooting from a stand, I can
do it in a second or two. I have trouble with a bolt that has to be turned down at the end of its travel forward to lock the breech. I either start
turning down to soon, or forget to do it at all or something. I can tell without looking down at it that the lever action has travelled all the way
down and back, and is "home" for the next shot.
The buck I was jerking this weekend was actually shot in open country, on the path to
all the baste (heh heh heh).