ok here is my question. I make a lot of jerky and was trying to make some racks for the smaller peices because they fall thru the holes on my standard racks. I had read somewhere several months ago that someone had used metal window screen to cover the racks for jerky. I thought this was a very cost effective way to do it so I gave it a try. I got your basic alluminum screen for screen doors and such and covered a rack in it and attached it with stainless steel saftey wire. in this case I was smoking the jerky at the same time as doing a sirloin roast so it was a bit hotter then normal for jerky. temp ranged from 220 - 245. I didn't think this would be an issue but when I pulled out the jerky and removed it from the rack there was a very "shiney" residue in the little square pattern from the screen, and the areas where the jerky was on the racks looked "dull" after pulling off the jerky compared to the area that didn't have jerky on it.
I didn't eat any of the jerky for obvious reasons but what are your thoughts on this. also does anyone have any suggestions for something different to use that is cost effecitve?? I have seen the "frogmats" on some other sites but they are pretty pricey. I make alot of jerkey and have 6 or 8 racks to cover that are approx 19 inches by 16 inches.
all help is appreciated...