Jerky Shelf Life

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by alelover, May 5, 2011.

  1. I've seen some posts about people vac sealing and freezing jerky. How long can it just sit out in a ziploc bag? I would think a couple weeks at least since it has cure and smoke. I don't want to go through the trouble of sealing and freezing just to take it out a week later because I want some. Anyone ever have jerky spoil on them from being at room temp too long?
     
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Moisture is the enemy. If you have any of those absorbant gel packs you can extend the shelf life buy a bunch 
     
  3. Absorbent gel packs. That's funny. I got like 50 of them at work. They are kinda big though.

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  4. bob the noob

    bob the noob Smoke Blower

  5. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think every case is different...house temp, humidity, locale etc. I dry mine in a dehydrator pretty well, let cool and put in ziplocks on the counter not totally zipped closed & date the bags. I like spicy, GF likes mild so usually have 2 baggies out. The first day or two after making I leave a papertowel in the baggies to pick up any extra moisture that might form. I only make a coupla pounds at a time so usually by 2-3 weeks it's gone. I did leave a coupla pieces linger once for a 'test' and a very small spot of mold appeared after a month on one piece. I have not jerked any in the oven or smoker so can't comment on those methods.
     

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