How long can beef jerky stay warm after vaccum sealed??

Discussion in 'Beef' started by potatoc, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. potatoc

    potatoc Meat Mopper

    Senario: Know a guy in Iraq serving his country and loves jerky. I have heard of people sending it over there and I personally checked with the post office and it is legal to send that type of food.

    Question: When I make my jerky it is always out of beef. I season it, smoke it low 200 degree for about 2.5 - 3 hours. Then I always vaccum seal it and keep it in my fridge until I am ready to open a bag. Jerky in the store is vaccum sealed and I see it non refridgerated. Why couldn't I send over some of my vaccum sealed jerky to this guy in Iraq???? How long can it stay vaccum sealed before spoiling?? Help me out with any info u can, much appreciated!!!!!!
  2. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    if Rich was here, he would say use a cure........and in this case i have to agree........morton's tender quick
  3. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Second the cure suggestion, need preservatives to keep outside a fridge.
    Commercial jerky is probably your best bet as it already has preservatives.

    On a side note when I was serving in Iraq jerky was the most requested item for me. What a treat it was to get a care package of jerky after eating nothing but T-rations for months.
  4. justsmoke2

    justsmoke2 Smoking Fanatic

    You could try a commercial brand jerky seasoning such as Hi Mountain. They have a variety of flavors you can choose from and its has cure in it. Kinda a fail safe solution. I have used many of there products.
  5. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree-use cure high mountian.
  6. flatbroke

    flatbroke Smoking Fanatic

    Never made beef jerky before, but make deer jerky quit often, both dried by sun, and in dehydrator. I leave it out for weeks on the kitchen counter and take in lunches or what ever as needed. Only thing i add to the meat is salt, pepper and garlic, sometimes pepper flakes for hot stuff,

    Never used a cure, and never had any spoil, the stuff never makes it a month witgout being eaten though.
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Perhaps not. Yet.
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    rich and i agree to disagree on this subject........using cure in making jerky.........but for jerky heading to iraq, i would cure it........just to be on the safe side
  9. potatoc

    potatoc Meat Mopper

    well that sounds good because I always use HiMountain seasonsings for my jerky(not experienced enough to come up with my own. I personally like the Cajun blend. Lot of my buddies like the Inferno. My wife likes the Mandrid Teryaki.... So I should be safe with these eh?????
  10. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As long as nitrates are included in the ingredients, yes.

    Look into your own - TQ is cheap and effective :{)
  11. potatoc

    potatoc Meat Mopper

    can you explain what nitrates are?? Can u add Tender Quick to hi mountain to be safe, or am I being to anal??
  12. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    justsmoke2 said it has cure in it will be fine just using it...........
  13. potatoc

    potatoc Meat Mopper

    that's what I was thinking, all HiMountain has to packs in it. One for seasoning and one is cure, then they have a table of how much to use depending on how many pounds you use...
  14. potatoc

    potatoc Meat Mopper

    OK I am clear with the cure! However, just for grins, how long is to long??? Can jerky sit for a month? 6 months??? A year?????? Like to know so I know how much to send!!!
  15. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    trust me dude..........send TONS.......cause you KNOW he will have to share,if it even come CLOSE to lasting that long...........LOLOL
  16. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I found a hunk under my van seat a while ago...had to be 2 months old. Ate it. True story. It's good, if kept reasonably stored, for a year or more. Prolly 5 if frozen.
  17. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    God willing, it will be safe for much longer than they will be over there[​IMG]
  18. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just sprayed coffee on my screen and keyboard!
  19. Do we want to know what else might be under your van seat? LOL :)
  20. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, I did toss the french fries, half a Heath bar, and the peppermint candy. But the jerky..I KNOW it was cured well :{)

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