jerky makers? need a recipe for homemade seasoning!
we love to make jerky at home in our dehydrator. we have the gun and make strips and jerky sticks. we used the sample packets that came with the dehydrator for seasoning jerky and have made two batches with our own seasoning mix only twice. my girlfriend is ready to buy a premade mix because it has not come out "just right" the two times we've done it ourselves. i would like to avoid this if possible (unless someone knows of a good brand without crap in it). i know you use a tablespoon of salt per pound of meat in order for it to cure. i think part of our problem is we are using chunky sea salt instead of a plain iodized salt, but what else do you throw in there?
and an odd thing i've noticed. the jerky made with the prepackaged seasoning is sort of...shiney? i'm not sure what to call it. the one we made is more...matte? hahaha, there must be some sort of ingredient they add in to change the texture/color of the meat. any clues?
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i knew naturally as a child
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