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Old October 17th, 2020, 09:47 PM #1
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Don't Trust Your Freezer

I used to live in South Florida and The Keys. I am seeing far too many people on MDS talking about what they have in their freezers for SHTF. For as much political BS we deal with here, we are mostly shielded from Mother Nature's wrath here in Marylandistan.
As a "survivor" of several actual hurricanes (I am unaware of Maryland ever dealing with a true hurricane- Agnes in 1972 was a tropical storm)
I know that the power grid can't be trusted and all freezers eventually fail. MDS members need to know how to preserve meats via table salt or curing salts. Please do some research and buy some Cure #1 and Cure #2. Your life will really suck if you lose power for a week and have no means to keep your freezers <25f.
I'm just sayin...
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Old October 17th, 2020, 10:03 PM #2
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even with Pink salt (cure #1) you need time and cold temps to cure it. Then smoke it to make pests uninterested in it. #2 is for dry curing and unless your basement is very chilly you're not doing it there either.

Without cold temps you are not preserving meat for long periods without drying it. It also will not be like the jerky you buy in the stores. That has too much moisture to preserve long term. Long term jerky you need to chew just to re-hydrate just to eat. I used to make some like that in pepper and stopped as i got so many complaints. "its tough and hard to chew"
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I love the legitimate jerky. It's supposed to take some effort to tear off and chew. Back in the old west, I believe they would re-hydrate it in stews.
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I have made real jerky and cross cutting the grain is extremely important, if you don't want to loosen your teeth or unless is small enough cuts to fit as one bite. I did it as black pepper flavor and just slowly chew and your saliva re-hydrates it as you chew. I have great memories of the flavor of sucking that saliva back out of the re hydrated jerky.
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100% agreed. We were damn fortunate to have functioning utilities during quarantine. Can’t always count on being that lucky. Also freezers can fail, kids can leave the door ajar, etc. Lots can go wrong with relying on a constant flow of electricity.
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Be thankful you have a freezer, ours failed in May none available maybe in January I have a few places who will contact me when they are available I was also warned not to go to Lowes, Home Depot, they are very happy to take you $$ and months later still no freezer and people have hard time getting money returned sorry i vented!
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I had one die and lost 2 deer and about 30# of fish from a Hattaras trip. It quit while I was away for the weekend and was dripping a fine blend of fish juice, deer blood and fox bait when I got home...
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I had one die and lost 2 deer and about 30# of fish from a Hattaras trip. It quit while I was away for the weekend and was dripping a fine blend of fish juice, deer blood and fox bait when I got home...
oh my gosh i thought i had a mess to deal with I feel you pain
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I love the legitimate jerky. It's supposed to take some effort to tear off and chew. Back in the old west, I believe they would re-hydrate it in stews.
The basis of chili.

And Hungarian goulyash (a soup, not the Americanized version).

Both were based on making dried (REALLY dried) beef edible.
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Years ago as a kid our vertical freezer that was full of meat tripped the breaker and we didnt find it until a few days later. Dad reset the breaker, re froze everything and took the contents of the freezer to the dump.

To this day I run all of my freezers on their own dedicated circuits and have multiple freezers to lessen the blow of a a failure
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