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Before refrigerators and freezers, people needed different ways to safely preserve food. One of the most tried-and-true methods? Dehydrating. Today, you can think of beef jerky as the modern version of hanging meat out to dry for the purposes of preservation—it’s just slightly more sophisticated than that. Here’s everything you need to know about how beef jerky is made, especially if you want to know how to make it well.   The Benefits of Making Your Own Beef Jerky First things first. Why bother making your own beef jerky? Everyone’s reasons vary, but there are some potential benefits that you’ll...

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