Jerky is one of the most popular snack foods in the country, and venison jerky is especially popular this time of year. It’s not only a delicious snack, but also makes a great survival food. One reason for that is that jerky is surprisingly nutritious. When the meat is processed, all the fat and moisture are removed. The dehydrating (or drying) process ensures that apart from being almost a hundred percent fat free, jerky also contains a high concentration of protein.
We all know that fat is not a good thing to put in our bodies. With only 3% fat in jerky, the associated health risks are nearly eliminated. Protein on the other hand is a very important compound since it is the primary component of the body’s cells. It helps build tissue and repair those tissues, and it gives us energy. Protein like that found in jerky is vital in a survival food.
DIY Venison Jerky
We’re big fans of venison, and venison jerky is one of our favorites. It’s tasty, healthy, stores well and is easy to carry on the go. Below is a preview of one of our favorite venison jerky recipes. Check it out, and click through for the full recipe.
To see all the steps in making venison jerky, click here.
How To Make Awesome Venison Jerky
Want to know how to make awesome venison jerky with all that meat in your freezer?
This is a traditional technique to preserve any type of meat and makes a great snack to have in your pantry through the winter.
Making jerky consists of cutting the meat into thin strips and then drying it with salt or sugar so that it will not rot. The fat is often-times removed.
Making jerky on your own is actually a simple and easy process. With this recipe, you can preserve venison for a long period of time
This recipe is for those who want to have their Venison Jerky simple with just a hint of seasoning.
Always trim the fat from your strips when making venison jerky (image via diyready.com)
Recipe adapted form Beef Jerky Recipes
6 lbs venison, cut into small strips
1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. curing salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. pepper
3 tsp. accent seasoning
8 tsp. salt
2 Tb. liquid smoke
Combine all the ingredients in a plastic bag or sealable container.
Add venison strips, mix well and refrigerate for 3 days to allow for marination.
Place jerky strips on a wire rack, with a shallow baking pan underneath to catch any drippings.
When cooking venison jerky, line your oven with foil to make it easier to clean (image via diyready.com)
Preheat oven to 175 degrees, and cook jerky for one and a half hours. Check consistency and pliability, and cook 30 minutes at a time until desired dryness is reached.
Store you jerky in a dry container and location. Sealed mason jars or vacuum packs work well.
The ultimate venison processing chart – via sportsmansguide.com
Protein is a macronutrient that the body needs in large amounts, and venison jerky is a very good source. It is also interesting to note that the body has no storage for protein which means protein should be a constant part of one’s diet in order to stay healthy and strong.
Jerky does not only offer nutritional benefits. It is also the ideal survival food. This fat-free dried meat is so easy to carry with you because it is very light yet so full of the protein that the body needs. Plus it is ready to eat, anytime, anywhere. But the best thing about venison jerky for preppers is the fact that it has a very long shelf life. It will actually last for several months, making it a great addition to every prepper’s food storage list.
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