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How Beef Jerky is Produced

Beef meat that has been prepared in such a way that all the fat is trimmed then cut into pieces which are later dried so as remove moisture and prevent it from spoiling is referred to as beef jerky. During the drying of the meat, salt is added which prevents growth of microorganisms such as the bacteria on the meat. Once salt has been added on the meat slices, they are dried at low temperature for long period to attain the required moisture content. Another modern method that is used in making beef jerky other than the known common method involves marinating the beef slices where they are soaked in a seasoned liquid or a spice rub. It is then dried or can also be smoked to remove water with the use of low-temperature heat. The final product that is achieved is usually ready to eat without need of any further preparation and it usually has a salty taste. Storage of the beef jerky for a long period may require use of chemical preservatives but it is not a must since the beef jerky has very low moisture content which does not encourage the growth of microorganisms which make it spoil.

Gourmet beef jerky is prepared by the use of high quality ingredients which usually have a special presentation and are of high sophistication where the beef is marinated in some delicious blend of savory spices and also follow unique recipes. Gourmet beef jerky is prepared by first removing all the fat on the beef since the fat does not dry and once it’s not dry, it provides a breeding ground for bacterial microorganisms which spoil the beef jerky. Drying of the meat should be done as soon as possible to limit spoilage and low temperatures are used so that the meat does not cook and also to avoid over drying which makes it become brittle. Drying is mostly done in ovens which have low temperatures and fast drying takes place where the fast-moving air in the oven together with low heat increases the drying rate to just a few hours to the desired moisture content. Gourmet beef jerky slices which have been salted dries fast than the those that have been seasoned with marinade since the marinade adds more moisture to the beef slices.

Once the gourmet beef jerky have been dried to the right moisture and cooled, they a packed in plastic bags that have been flushed with nitrogen gas or else the packs can be vacuumed to remove oxygen. Small pouches of oxygen absorbers can be packed together with gourmet beef jerky to prevent any oxidation of fat. The low moisture and fat content in gourmet beef jerky makes them to have a high protein content and low carbohydrate content. Gourmet beef jerky are preserved using natural preservatives with no nitrite added and it also do not have gluten. Sweet recipe where sugar is the major ingredient is used giving the gourmet beef jerky some sticky and sweet goodness.
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