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Buffalo or beef meat
Soy sauce (optional)
This was a method of preserving buffalo meat on the trail, a method
taught us by the Indians. The meat was dried in the sun, and then could be
kept for weeks in the wagon. It was later reconstituted in the form of a
soup or stew, or it was eaten just as it was.
You can prepare your own jerky with very little trouble.
Trim the meat of all fat. Slice the buffalo (or beef) into strips 1 inch
wide and 1/8 inch thick. "Jerk" or pull them a bit and place them on a
baking rack. The meat can be dried in a home food drier or it can be placed
in your oven overnight. Leave the oven door open and set the thermostat to
as low a temperature as possible. You may need to experiment with your
oven, as you do not want the heat to rise above 145 degrees to 150 degrees. My large gas
oven is perfect for this, as the pilot light is on all the time and the
resulting temperature is just right. If you have such an oven, you can do
this process in 12 hours.
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