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Food processing question/concern

Old 02-03-2004, 06:15 PM
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Default Food processing question/concern

Not really sure where to post this, but this area is the most read so I'll have at it.

Just finished drying a few pounds of deer jerky, half of which was done and packaged last night. I used a Food Saver to vacuum pack bags full of jerky figuring it would keep them fresh for a while. This evening, when I went to inspect the bags, it's as though they had all sprung a leak and had some air in them. Now I've done many other items and never had a bag break, let alone 8 in a row so I'm led to believe that there may be air being produced by the curing agent in the jerky.

Has anyone had this experience and if so, what exactly do you think is happening?


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Old 02-03-2004, 06:43 PM
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I don't see how they could produce air, because jerkey manufactures don't seem to have this problem.
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Old 02-03-2004, 08:23 PM
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Sounds like the seal strip in your food saver is not making complete contact all the way across the bag. The space may be very, very small that allow the air in extremely slow that you would think it is sealed. Try sealing it twice in the same spot but slide the bag over a little. Just a though for you because my grandmothers was doing the same thing. Good luck!!
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:14 AM
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I have done hundreds of bags of jerky and have found this...I use a dehydrator to dry me jerky, I make it thin, I use a vacuum sealer. There are sharp points on my jerky that are hard and poke little holes in the plastic. Take a bag and remove the jerky, fill it with water, it will leak. Not sprout fountains, but will leak. Tiny little holes that let the air in. If I'm going to leave it in the freezer for a long time, I go over each piece and break off the sharp points.

This had me stumped for a while too. Hope this helps.
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