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Making Jerky at Home Safely
Jerky is a nutritious, nonperishable, and lightweight protein source, but making it requires a lot of care. If done incorrectly, you can poison yourself or others. This publication shows you how to make this delicious treat safely at home, including the proper use of ovens or dehydrators and that of thermometers; how to accurately judge doneness; the preparation techniques needed when dehydrating different types of protein, including fish; and how to condition, package, and store your batches safely after they’re done. Illustrated, with a few recipes.
Authors: Julie Buck, Laura Sant, and Amy Robertson
Originally published 1/2012. Revised 9/2020.