The key to preserving your beef jerky is ensuring that it is stored properly. To learn how you can do this, look at the following methods:
Bags That Are Vacuum-Sealed
In a vacuum seal bag, your beef jerky will probably stay fresh the longest. As long as your jerky is packaged in vacuum seal bags, the moisture and air are kept in, keeping it soft and tender without spoiling.
One downside of vacuum sealers is that they can be quite expensive. This is an investment, however, if you plan on making a lot of beef jerky or other food that requires sealing.
The vacuum seal bag should be placed in the freezer to ensure that the beef jerky lasts even longer. You can store your beef jerky for up to 12 months when you use this method.
Dry Cans/Mason Jars
Beef jerky can be preserved for months by dry canning it in a mason jar or tin can. In addition, it is cheaper than vacuum-sealing. For jerky storage in mason jars, you need to do the following:
- Turn your oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lay out the mason jars on the baking sheet with their lids off.
- About 10 minutes should be sufficient for the jars to bake.
- Place your jerky strips in the jars as fast as you can after they are removed from the oven. Use oven mitts to remove the jars from the oven.
- The jars must be cooled to room temperature after the lids have been tightly secured. As the mason jars cool, they’ll create a vacuum seal. If you hear popping sounds, that means the jars are creating the seal.
Beef jerky can be stored in the refrigerator or on a pantry shelf once sealed.
Paper Bag Or Ziplock
If you’re in a bind, you can also use Ziplock or paper bags to store beef jerky. If you plan to consume the jerky in the near future, this method will keep your jerky fresh for 3-4 weeks. A food-grade desiccant bag can be added to a paper or Ziploc bag if your jerky is too moist.