I need some help and advice. Even my dog is beginning to dislike the beef jerky recipes I have been trying to develop. Some samples were too salty. Some were actually inedible. My theory that more is better in a marinate did not work either....Some contained so many spices that I couldn't work with my patients because of the bad smell it left in my mouth. My head spins when I read all the samples on the web. In addition, my fridge space is quickly filling up and I still haven't been able to find that "perfect flavor", perfect color,consistency or tenderness. .
Here is my situation: I have a unique opportunity. I am fortunate enough to be part of a small group who want to add two flavors of Beef Jerky to its already established food distribution network in a country other than Canada or the U.S. All marketing research has already been done and the rest of the team is waiting to sample that perfect Teriyaki Jerky and Hot and Spicy Jerky samples from me.
Our intention is to better the economy of this particular country by making the jerky production a "cottage industry", using locals and starting small. (At present we already have some unrelated products being distributed.)
I've used inside round for most of the samples. I've used a small Little Chief smoker, but found that my electric dehydrator worked just fine...for the dehydrating at least. I have pulled wonderful plans off the web to build a small smoker and people are already waiting to build several of the units as soon as they receive my specs. I feel that a small smoker would meet our needs for small commercial production. Recently I also purchased a nice electric slicer and am looking forward to trying new samples using this slicer.
I really want to make this work and go forward with our cottage industry plans but because of desperation I have started to explore just buying jerky commercially elsewhere and repackaging it for our distribution,under our brand. I realize that this last choice would be a cope out and would not employ as many local people in the manner in which it was originally planned for. The costs would also be unrealistic.
Blind flavor tests, using purchased samples, indicate that our customer market prefers softer, thicker, redder colored smaller snack pieces. Our bag size would be snack sized - about 100 grams.
My heart is in the right place and I really want this to work. I hope that this post inquiry is appropriate. I am not advertising and would even entertain additional involvement from someone out there. Revenues would be small initially, but opportunities in developing other flavors and then branching out into dehydrated fruits would be forthcoming.
This is my first post. I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the North West Pacific Coast of Canada.
Any suggestions, comments or direction would be appreciated. Thank you.