Deer Jerky in Glass Storage Jars
Around here corn fed deer is a staple food. Freezer space gets pretty
limited come spring when deer hunting stops and you have all you will
get until the next snow fall about 9 months away.
Storing enough deer meat for a years use is tricky at best. Dehydrating
it makes good use of space and can be done with a variety of meats.
used in my home not
just as a snack, as modern times have
deemed its only use nowadays, but it can be re-hydrated in soups, stews
and a bit of water in a frying pan along with morning potatoes or rice
and a few eggs for a good, hot well-rounded breakfast.
How to Make Homemade Jerky
What makes jerky chewy is the way its cut. When the meat is cut long
ways with the grain of the meat, it becomes chewy. If you cut your
jerky across the grain, it is tender. For making your cooking jerky
tender and what you want for snacks (if you like chewy snacks) cut it
in long strips.
When I make jerky I'm normally doing a whole deer, or lamb, so I don't
take time making it pretty or fancy. In a bucket I put a gallon of
apple cider, a jar of soy sauce and a jar of Worcester sauce. This with
some salt is all I do unless making snacks. Then I may sprinkle some
flavorings on the meat as its added to the dehydrate. Simple, easy and
right handy where I can grab a fast bite, or have it ready
when I don't have time to defrost something for supper. Its meat on the
go, country style.
Sumac in Glass Storage Jars
Last but certainly not least is Sumac
The photo shows little light
pieces in the ground sumac.
These pieces need to be completely ground before the sumac flour can be
used. They are hard and can't be chewed. The flavor of this
flour is like raspberry and just like a raspberry the seeds will get
So use your coffee
what ever you use to make a fine grind
and powder this into a fine completely ground powder. Then use it like
you would corn meal or flour. The flavor is well worth the effort.
Many people never think of using this as they believe sumac is poison.
It is - if it's poison sumac. The sumac bush in no way can be confused
with the poison variety.
has been used for
years by native people. Why when the land was settled its use was never
picked up by white settlers I don't know. I do know that its taste is
unique with many health benefits that wheat flour doesn't have. Wheat
flour also lacks the wonderful fruity flavor that makes breads,
puddings and teas something to talk about.
These are the wonderful things that live on my counter in glass storage
jars. If you have
something wonderful that is a staple food in your home. Please share
Glass Storage Jars was written By Gypsy,
resident homestead blogger from One Sky Ranch
Wanderings Homestead Blog