Saturday, April 28, 2012

my boyfriend is super cool. he makes his own jerky. just saying.

 miguel absolutely loves jerky & had been wanting to "diy" beef jerky since he saw alton brown making some on "good eats." when he told me about it, even though i am vegetarian, i was totally down to be there when he made some himself. needless to say i was super excited & he was stoked! so this past week we bought a box fan at target & filters & bungee cords at home depot. we then picked up the remaining ingredients at safeway. it was an all-day affair (total recipe time says 20hrs 20min!) here is the recipe & here is the tv show showing alton making it on good eats. it turned out great & miguel said that next time he is going to tweak it a little to make it his own. i'm thinking this may be his new hobby : ) diy jerky!

the recipe has all the steps & ingredients, but i'll just show the steps through the photos too : )
 after trimming off the fat & freezing the 2lbs of flank steak, miguel thinly sliced it (along the grain).
 i helped create the marinade for it & we mushed it in a zip-lock to equally distribute the seasonings.
 he was so excited :D
 after letting the meat marinade for about 5 hours, miguel placed the strips in the grooves of the filters.
 stacking & using the bungee cords to strap the filters to the box fan, miguel set the fan on for about 10 hours to dry the meat out.
 the end product looks quite nice, if i do say so myself : )
 it made a lot of jerky & miguel filled four containers for storage!
i was quite impressed with the whole project. my boyfriend is quite the clever diy man ;)

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    1. :D it is!! i'm glad you think so.

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  2. whoa so the jerky is basically raw? haha, i used to LOVE jerky until i took anatomy and was exposed to all of the muscles. gag. lol. this is pretty clever though. :)

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    1. haha yes, missa. ahhh anatomy. i remember those days. & i think it is completely clever too : )

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  3. Lol! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. Gosh I love that "proud" face . You guys are so cute

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    1. hehe : ) i l o v e that "proud" face too! thanks pauline :D

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  4. ahhh!! i can't even begin with how amazing this is!! :D seriously, i can't live without jerky :( terrible, but true. so sweet of you to help him make some. yay for diy!

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    1. :D you know you guys should totally try it!! i think you would like it. especially the husband!! hehe.

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