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A Weird Experience

My dad and I next to the dehydrator we used

My dad and I next to the dehydrator we used

My dad and I next to the dehydrator we used

My dad and I next to the dehydrator we used

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When I was young, my father hunted deer, and with that venison we would make tubes of dehydrated links, basically jerky links. We never marinated them in a lot of sauces because we didn’t know which ones to use. This winter my mom, my dad, and I were at Sam’s Club when my father bought a slab of angus beef. He asked me if I wanted to make homemade jerky. Well of course I wanted to. I was tired of spending so much money on store bought beef jerky. After we were done in Kokomo, my dad and I went back to Rural King in Logansport. There we bought some jerky seasoning kits that were two different flavors, hickory and hillbilly. We made the first batch with the hickory flavored one because we didn’t know what to expect from the hillbilly flavor. The first batch tasted amazing, but it had a lot of pepper in it so the taste was not there. Finally, over the winter break we just bought another slab of angus beef, but this time we marinated it in the hillbilly seasoning. The taste was so sweet like a cotton candy kind of sweet. At first I thought it was disgusting, but then as I ate more of it, it tasted a lot better.
This wasn’t the weirdest part however, that title went to the actual marination process. My dad had not thawed out the meat a lot, so the outside was soft, but the inside was as hard as a rock. As I poured in the liquids and started to move the meat so every piece got covered, each piece was harder than the next and I just bruised my hands instead. So we poured the liquids out of the bowl, and then dumped the meat into the sink to let it thaw out more. After some time passed, my dad put the meat back in the bowl. Then, I poured the liquid back in and turned the meat to cover every piece. The meat was still cold, but the liquid was also cold because we had just taken it out of the fridge.
After we marinated the meat for twenty-four or so hours, we turned on the dehydrator and laid each piece out on the nine trays. Then after a few hours on the day passed, I went downstairs and flipped each piece on the other side to let those sides dry for another hour. Once that hour passed, I went downstairs and spun each tray 180 degrees. Finally, I get home from practice and the bowl of jerky is sitting out on the counter. They were still warm but I didn’t care. I ate a piece anyway, and it tasted amazing.
The meat had sat out overnight on all the trays to cool down. Once the meat was not really hot, my dad and I put them into small snack sized bags. The bags are perfect for a snack during school. I can take a little bag and put it in my bag and eat a piece or so during class. The meat smells great and tastes even better. The hickory flavor has a peppery taste to it, which I personally liked the best. The hillbilly flavor was so sweet it was overwhelming, but I still ate it because I like beef jerky.

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7 Responses to “A Weird Experience”

  1. Jon Emmons on February 7th, 2019 1:50 pm

    This is a great article! I myself love jerky. I would like to try the hillbilly one it sounds interesting, keep up the good work.

  2. Kenzie McLeland on February 7th, 2019 1:50 pm

    This was a very good article Alex. Good job

  3. Aiden Martinez on February 7th, 2019 1:52 pm

    This article was quite out of the blue but was very well written. It showed how a common thing is made as well as providing some insight of you.

  4. Ethan Johnson on February 7th, 2019 3:44 pm

    Good job on the article Alex! I personally love beef jerky and I think it’s way too expensive on the market. I love pepper so if I did taste the flavors of your beef jerky I would have to go with the hickory. I love how you explained each step in the making of the best beef jerky. Keep up your great work.

  5. Ashley Turnpaugh on February 7th, 2019 4:32 pm

    I really like your article. I’ve never dehydrated meat before it sounds interesting. It also sound complicated with the seasoning.

  6. lane collins on February 8th, 2019 12:41 pm

    Great article good job

  7. Jazlyn Richard on February 8th, 2019 12:46 pm

    Thank you, very cool.

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