Hi Folks

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by bigwheel, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Recently got back in jerky making and cant find anybody who wants to chat about it too much..so I came over here. I been making the stuff for many moons starting out with an old ice box and a element out of an electric cook top. Currently use a slightly Southern Injuneered large bbq pit and the bottom of an electric brinkmann for smoke and little heat. I try to use top round or london broil..eye of round etc. marinade in some stuff highly similar to what Alton Brown uses (cant believe that boy stole my secret recipe like that)..for various lengths of time. Since acquiring a very cool little Jaccard brand vacuum marinator..I have dropped from 2 or 3 days to around 4 hours. It can hold right close to 10 lbs of strips. I been peddling some in the local beer joint and getting some rave reviews. I have a guy who owns a bbq restaurant who says if I can come up with a nutrional label he could peddle it in his restaurant. Anybody know the least painful and cheapest way to get some of those. Thanks. If I can help anybody dont hesitate to holler.
     
  2. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Wow..thanks. Got it book marked.
     
  3. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Ok..I checked out those sites thanks. In the meantime also managed to find a .jpg of a nutrition label for beef jerky which seems like might be pretty easily turned into a label for my stuff. Wonder what would be the pros and cons of that angle? Any idea of what kind of rule and regs govern the things? Who checks to make sure the label you have is accurate etc? It seems pretty close to what would be ball park right for what I make. It looks similar to ths and can be printed off with a sticky back 2"x2" for around 30 bucks for a thousand.

     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member



    Using a misleading label is probably a Federal Offense....
     
  5. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Probably but which law book? Cant imagine the Feds being interested unless it was crossing state lines. I talked to one State Food Nazi one time. He said for home crafted food items (grannys pickled beets..jerky etc) it took a label showing the ingredients and the name and address of who made it. I am trying to fit the nutritional labels into the overall grand scheme of things.
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well........... If someone gets ill from your food, and they find out your "Nutrition Facts" label was inaccurate and forged from a different manufacturers product, and your product had not gone through "certification" by a regulatory agency..... You will find out which laws you broke.....
    I find it hard to believe you are deliberately looking to skirt the law with a food product for human consumption.....
    Would you deliberately feed your family uninspected, uncertified food.....

    And the Feds are interested..... It is called "The United States Department of Agriculture" for a reason.....
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  8. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the link. Based on the info provided believe I have spotted a handy loop hole to slip through:
     

    The federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires that packaged foods [​IMG]bear the nutrition facts panel unless the producer qualifies for an exemption. A small business may be exempt from displaying the Nutrition Facts Panel if: (1) the annual gross sales of food to consumers is less than $50,000, (2) it has fewer than 100 employees, and (3) sales of fewer than 100,000 units per year.
    Note: If any nutrient content claim (e.g., “low fat”) or health claim is made on the labeling or advertising of the product, the small business exemption is not applicable. 

    Also thanks for the lecture on food safety and my own lack of personality morality. I can tell we are going to play well together. Do you also hang on some of the gun forums? You sound sorta familiar.
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Big Brother is WATCHING!....[​IMG]....JJ

    It is always best to follow the Law. You may find yourself growing and don't want anything to bite you in the A$$ down the road...
     
  10. bigwheel

    bigwheel Smoking Fanatic

    Good point. I never could get away with much of anything illegal. I would be headed to the slammer for sure. Thanks for the encouragement not to try any funny business.
     

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