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Sun dried beef jerky

sporadicgourmet | Apr 18, 201504:03 PM

Hey intrepid chowhounds

Not exactly BBQ/smoking but seemed like maybe the best board to start on

I am heading for 60 years old, and when I was young I remember being given as a gift
one summer what I will call a "jerky drying cage". As I recall, It was basically a large shoe box size rectangular box, wood top and bottom, with three or four thin skewers suspended from the "roof", and wrapped in fine metal mesh around the sides. We used to make great jerky, just marinating ( or spice rubbing) thin strips of meat, threading 'em onto the skewers and suspending them in the cage, then just sticking the cage outside ( this was in Southern California) for a couple days. Somehow thought of it recently and went ISO similar cage, cannot find anything. Has anyone ever used a similar method ? No one ever got sick, and I don't even recall any parental concern about safety; ( and surely the native Americans must have been doing some thing similar for centuries?)

Did we have stronger constitutions then? Or are there any documented reasons not to do this these days ? Any relevant experiences welcomed!

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