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    Hi, I have been using Steve's Original Paleokits for a while. it is super difficult to find enough meat on campus. Grass fed jerky makes it easy for me to have easy quick meals after I workout and I also enjoy the fact that it is shelf-stable and long lasting.

    The issue is that I don't like spending so much money on jerky. If I could, i would make my own. Sadly, I don't have the time or the resources to start such an endeavor.

    I have found some other sites that have jerky. I looked at US Wellness, Primalpacs, Grassfedjerkychews.com, and various others. I am not sure which are more affordable over all, while still being good. I kind of was disappointed that US. Wellness only ships packages that are $75 dollars and I would rather not spend that much just to try them

    When it comes to jerky, I prefer it to be grass-fed, gluten free, low carb, no added sugars and also readily available. That was my second concern with US Wellness because I don't know how much I would like having to freeze and thaw this jerky. I may be misguided but the work seems too tedious for my snack on the go.

    I just want to know where I can order the best price of jerky. I love the Paleokits, but it has gotten to expensive.

  • #2
    Eh, you sound like someone who couldn't give up wheat because it's 'too hard'.

    Make your own. It takes less than 15 minutes to make a batch of jerky, over the course of 24 hours or so.
    Last edited by magicmerl; 02-10-2013, 03:34 PM.
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    • #3
      you can make jerky that far surpasses any commercial product, because health codes require that jerky for sale be prepared at temperatures far too high for optimum flavor and nutrition. i bought a cheap dehydrator and dry mine at 105 F. i use fattier meat than most sources recommend; flank steak is my favorite. sometimes i season it heartily, sometimes just salt, sometimes just meat strips. i have come to prefer the last. i also slice it thick, maybe 1/4''. it takes about 15 minutes to slice 2-3 lbs of flank, sirloin, or london broil, season it, throw it in the dehydrator, and clean up. 8 hours later, tasty rare meat; 24-48 hours later, a generous supply of kickass jerky. it takes less time to make your own than to read the ingredient list of the dried out crap at the store.

      i rarely buy grassed, so i balance my o6/o3 with fish oil. i have also made salmon, elk, and venison jerky. i have made pemmican, but it was a PITA, so now i eat my jerky with grassfed butter. there are all kinds of recipes online to get started. you will soon get a feel for it. fast, easy, cheap, flavorful, chewy jerky made by someone who cares about you!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
        Eh, you sound like someone who couldn't give up wheat because it's 'too hard'.

        Make your own. It takes less than 15 minutes to make a batch of jerky, over the course of 24 hours or so.
        If you can tell me how one can make jersey from the confines of a dorm room, I be happy to hear it. I don't know much. But I think I would have to buy a bunch of kitchenware as well.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cavedog View Post
          you can make jerky that far surpasses any commercial product, because health codes require that jerky for sale be prepared at temperatures far too high for optimum flavor and nutrition. i bought a cheap dehydrator and dry mine at 105 F. i use fattier meat than most sources recommend; flank steak is my favorite. sometimes i season it heartily, sometimes just salt, sometimes just meat strips. i have come to prefer the last. i also slice it thick, maybe 1/4''. it takes about 15 minutes to slice 2-3 lbs of flank, sirloin, or london broil, season it, throw it in the dehydrator, and clean up. 8 hours later, tasty rare meat; 24-48 hours later, a generous supply of kickass jerky. it takes less time to make your own than to read the ingredient list of the dried out crap at the store.

          i rarely buy grassed, so i balance my o6/o3 with fish oil. i have also made salmon, elk, and venison jerky. i have made pemmican, but it was a PITA, so now i eat my jerky with grassfed butter. there are all kinds of recipes online to get started. you will soon get a feel for it. fast, easy, cheap, flavorful, chewy jerky made by someone who cares about you!

          Personally I think that grass-fed is more important to me and I will have to find a way to get that. Where did you buy this dehydrator, do you mind linking me this product. I have no idea what one looks like or how much upkeep does it take.

          Does it take up a lot of space and need a lot of cleaning after use? Also since you slice 2-3 lbs, does it do that much in one time? If so do you keep the extra in the freezer or is it shelf stable.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by drnemer View Post
            If you can tell me how one can make jersey from the confines of a dorm room, I be happy to hear it. I don't know much. But I think I would have to buy a bunch of kitchenware as well.
            Practice your Google-fu, look for "box fan jerky"

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            • #7
              You know Merl, you don't have to be condescending about it. He asked for an alternative to making it.

              I'm just speaking because I see a lot of people eating primal or paleo with an elitist attitute. You don't know his situation... He could be going to med school, he could be barely staying away from the soup kitchen, or he could just be lazy.

              I agree with making your own, but I don't see where the whole "couldn't give up wheat because it's 'too hard' comment was at all necessary.



              Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
              Eh, you sound like someone who couldn't give up wheat because it's 'too hard'.

              Make your own. It takes less than 15 minutes to make a batch of jerky, over the course of 24 hours or so.

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              • #8
                Speaking of, Alton Brown has a good episode of good eats that covers this. All you need is a box fan and some air conditioner filters.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by drnemer View Post
                  If you can tell me how one can make jersey from the confines of a dorm room, I be happy to hear it. I don't know much. But I think I would have to buy a bunch of kitchenware as well.
                  Instructions for a home made dehydrator
                  http://www.rawpaleodiet.com/wp-conte...structions.pdf

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                  • #10
                    If slowcooker's link doesn't work for you:

                    Good Eats - S09E03P01 - Urban Preservation II - The Jerky - YouTube

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                    • #11
                      It all comes down to what you find affordable. This is my favorite beef jerky of the moment. At ~50 bucks for 24 servings, the cost is not exactly dorm-budget friendly. I work full time and go to school full time and care for a sick mom and game competitively so hanging around watching meat dry is pretty low on my list of things to do, hence tossing cash at my jerky craving. :P

                      No freezing or thawing required, they are individually wrapped servings, they are super yummy. You can buy in varying quantities, so it's easy to try out. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. The only downside is they are a very small operation so it takes at least a week, sometimes two, to get your order in hand.

                      Gourmet Grassfed Jerky
                      yay!

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, Kitty, for that recommendation on the grassfed jerky! Yes, a bit pricey, but sounds like a quality product, so I had to order some for my backpacking trip next month.

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                        • #13
                          I've bought my grass-fed beef from U.S. Wellness for years, and I just recently tried their jerky--and am in love! Grass-fed with very few ingredients added--mainly for flavor.

                          I admit the $75 minimum may be a barrier for you. Is it possible to get some other students to join you in an order?

                          Otherwise, I can't help because I searched for a quality beef jerky for a long time before I found this one.

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                          • #14
                            These are good. 100% grass-fed.

                            Nick's Sticks

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by drnemer View Post
                              Personally I think that grass-fed is more important to me
                              Why? Jerky is a very lean meat, specifically because the fat is what goes rancid and makes it go bad so jerky shouldn't have much if any fat at all. Since you are cutting the fat out, the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed jerky should be minimal.

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