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Old 07-24-2009, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How Long Does Beef Jerky Last?

Not how long does it last before you finish the bag!

But how long does it remain edible? I got a bag of homemade jerky that might be 6+ months old by now and I was wondering if it's still OK to eat. Still smells good, still feels very firm, no visible signs of mold or other discolorations, etc.

Since it's homemade there's no expiration date to read LOLS!
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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6 months? No problem.. 6 years... I'd pass
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I would say if it was properly made and salted, it should last pretty long. Drying is one of the oldest ways to preserve food. if it has no mold, then you should be good.

Let me ask the wife, she is into the whole food preservation thing.
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I would say 6mo is the upper limit of properly stored homemade jerkey unless it was vac packed, then I'd give it a year.

Commercial sulfated vac bagged? I'd be the guy smashing mini marts in the apocalypse for the stuff, years, like tuna cans..........

of course I'm the guy who ate the dirty cooler ice and grain alcohol margarita..........................just something to keep in mind.
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Al... you may have some bacteria in your stomach that could digest metal and rocks

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when I eat metal it hurts when I poop. Rocks are really no biggie. Hell birds find them useful.
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I’ve heard it said that it can be stored indefinitely, but I suggest he read this to get the other side:
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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They're stored in a "Ziploc" brand bad. "Johnson A Family Company" or so the printing on the bag says.

I've had a couple strips that are apx. 6" long and 3/4" wide. I'm feeling OK at this point, but I'm keeping an eye on the bathroom door in case I need to make a break for it!
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you'll be fine all you need is a special margarita.

BTW I have a firm belief Sake or as an alternate, a good Vodka basically purifies anything you might dare to eat, with limits of course. So drink a shot or two!
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Azzy... Thank you. But maybe in my case I should have stayed ingnorant.

1-2 month huh? Now I guess I'm just waiting for the inevitable.
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