John's Journal... Entry 231, Day 1
JERKY - THE ULTIMATE SNACK FOOD
From Frozen Venison to Mid-Afternoon Snack
Editor's Note: At this time of the year, most successful deer hunters have a freezer full of venison. In just a few hours at night, with little or no preparation time, you can cut up some venison strips, soak them in the marinades that we recommend and dry your jerky in the oven, using toothpicks and a dripping tray. To help you solve the problem of responding when someone asks you, "What are you going to do with that freezer full of venison?" this week we'll offer some of our favorite, easy-to-prepare venison jerky recipes. Come to "John's Journal" every day this week to get new and different recipes for making venison jerky. You'll be glad you did. (Or, you can use beef to make jerky, if you're not fortunate enough to have plenty of deer meat).
One of my favorite snack foods, whether I'm hunting or fishing, is jerky. Jerky is lightweight, it can be made in a variety of flavors and tastes, it's very filling and nutritious, and it's a great munchy. Jerky is also a fun food. You can take it to work with you and give it to your co-workers who may or may not have ever eaten jerky before. They'll be surprised at how delicious venison jerky can be.
Jerky has been around longer than any other snack food. Jerky got its name from the Europeans who heard the Spanish word for jerked meat, charque, and changed it to something easier for them to pronounce -- jerky. However, jerky isn't only an American food. Many Hispanics call jerky, came seca, which means dried meat.
When you're in a rush for some delicious-tasting jerky, you can pre-cook your jerky and speed up the curing process.
Domestic Meat Brine:
Marinade -- This marinade works well for venison, beef, turkey or chicken
jerky. It makes to marinate 2 pounds of meat.
To learn more delicious ways to prepare venison, click here to find out about John and Denise Phillips' "Just Venison" CD.
TOMORROW: WHAT IS JERKY?
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Day 1 - From Frozen Venison
to Mid-Afternoon Snack