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We’ve all heard the wisdom: good things cost money. But that doesn’t always line up with our experience. There are plenty of great, cheap products. Lean beef isn’t always expensive. Flour at the supermarket doesn’t have a high price tag. Buying frozen pounds of meat can often be cheap. So what explains beef jerky?   The answer is a little more subtle than you might imagine. Let’s explore the price of beef jerky and why one of the most convenient-to-eat foods is also—dare we say it?—a little pricey.   Reason #1: Beef Jerky Requires More Pounds of Meat Per Pound of...

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Beef jerky might be the ultimate smoky snack. People come up with all sorts of recipes—soy sauce marinade, black pepper hickory, brown sugar for something sweet. But it all comes down to two essential elements. For starters, the beef.   And then there’s the smoke.   If you want to make your own jerky, smoking is essential. But it doesn’t only bring that characteristically BBQ or mesquite style flavor. It dries the meat and enhances taste and texture with qualities that only come through a smoking process done right. The only questions: how do you do it right? And how long does it take to...

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Turning a good cut of lean meat into beef jerky accomplishes something amazing. It turns fresh meat into a preservable, convenient snack with a long shelf life. But just how long is that shelf life, anyway? Does the drying process involved in creating beef jerky mean that you never have to worry about a rotten smell in your cupboard? Is it like salt, where you never have to worry about an expiration date? Let’s clarify what the shelf life of your beef jerky might end up being. Just how long does beef jerky last, anyway?   What is the Shelf Life of Beef Jerky?...

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The word “venison” once referred to just about any meat from a game animal—but these days, refers to meat from elk, deer, and antelope, depending on what part of the world you’re from. Given that many people are attracted to the taste of venison because of its more natural flavor profile and strong protein quality, it’s not surprising that the word used to refer to just about any hunted game meat. So what does venison taste like, and is it a good meat to buy? Here’s everything you’ll need to know.    What Does Venison Taste Like? If you search...

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You love your dog. You take it to the vet, you care for it, you make sure that they have all the treats they want. And dogs seem to love the smell of beef jerky when you pull it out. But some part of your brain stops you.  That’s a wise part of your brain. Because if the question is a blanket question—can dogs eat beef jerky? Let's explore this question further below. What Happens if a Dog Eats Beef Jerky? This question is complicated. Beef jerky, for starters, is a term that can refer to a variety of snacks....

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