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How To Make Beef Jerky

Watch more Snacks for the Big Game videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Make beef jerky in your home using this easy guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Trim fat and freeze Trim as much fat from the meat as possible to prevent it from getting rancid after it is cured. Then freeze it for at last an hour before slicing. Tip Use the leanest red meat you can find, such as flank steak or brisket, although wild game, like venison or bison, works well too. Step 2: Cut into strips Slice the meat into thin, ?-inch strips as uniformly as possible to make for even drying. Step 3: Mix brine Combine all of the ingredients in one of the re-sealable plastic bags and mix well. Then add the strips of meat and refrigerate the bag overnight. Tip Marinate for as little as 3 hours for a lighter flavor or for as many as 24 hours for stronger flavor. Step 4: Drain Drain the meat and place it on a cooling rack over a foil-lined baking pan. Let the meat warm to room temperature before curing. Step 5: Cure Cure the meat in the oven at 200 degrees until it's dry and chewy -- about an hour and a half -- or cure it in a food dehydrator according to the manufacturer's directions. Tip If you're using an oven, prop the door open to allow excess heat to escape to avoid cooking the meat. Step 6: Cool and store Allow the jerky to cool before placing it in the other resealable bag and storing in a cool, dry place. Did You Know? Retail sales of meat snacks like jerky and beef sticks more than quadrupled between 1995 and 2006.
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