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Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be an "adventurous eater." For some, raw fish is a far stretch, and others order the full sashimi menu without a thought. But even those who don't bat an eye at eel (considered a fish!) might get squeamish at the thought of putting alligator meat on their plate for dinner. With that in mind, it's time to de-bunk the stereotype around eating a reptile for a meal. Maybe if you live in Florida, Louisiana, or another place U.S. or world where it's not rare to see a pair of eyes...

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The good thing about making your own beef jerky is that you can personalize it however you want. This means you can use your favorite flavors to make your perfect low-carbohydrate snack. A jerky marinade can be full of a variety of flavors: soy sauce, black pepper, liquid smoke, worcestershire, brown sugar, onion powder, hickory, paprika, garlic powder, teriyaki, bbq sauce, jalapeno, red pepper flakes. Truly, when you are in charge of your own jerky, you call the shots. But maybe this is the first time you're making your own jerky, and you need a little help when it comes...

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There are plenty of ways to make beef jerky in your own kitchen oven. If you like to take jerky with you to the gym, on a road trip, or just keep it on hand at the office (or home-office), you can easily make that happen. And guess what? You can use your regular kitchen oven to make jerky. You don't have to buy an expensive dehydrator to dry your favorite meat and use the marinade of your choice. A simple marinade can include black pepper, liquid smoke, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, paprika, teriyaki, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce low-sodium...

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There are many advantages to making homemade jerky. First of all, you can control what you put on it, preservatives included. Once you make jerky, the next step to focus on is how you're going to store it. Jerky storage—and how you do it—is what keeps spoilage off the jerky. The drying process helps ensure that the moisture stays off the beef or venison. You can use your own method of food preservation for your jerky, but there are some that are better than others, depending on several factors. The storage method you use will determine whether you can only...

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Jerky making is something you can definitely do at home, but you have to have the right tools and some good strategies on hand. Good jerky is made by thinly slicing beef with a slicer, putting it in the marinade of your choice, and using a dehydrator. There are many factors that can lead to the best beef jerky.   How Thick Should You Cut Meat for Beef Jerky?   When you're actually cutting meat for beef jerky, it's important to cut it one-fourth-of-an-inch thick, and a meat slicer will help with this. If the jerky is too thick it...

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