How to Make Beef Jerky

January 5th, 2013 by admin No comments »

Have you been wondering how to make beef jerky? If you love to cook and you love jerky, then you have every reason to want to learn how to make beef jerky! There is no reason why you should spend all your money at the store on different types of jerky when you can make your own at home!

One of the best things about learning how to make beef jerky is that you can make your jerky taste exactly how you want it to taste. It also makes great gifts.

Here are some tips on how to make beef jerky:

· Make sure that the meat is the same thickness throughout. If you have a mechanical slicer, use it. If you are like the most of us, though, you do not. In this case, buy your meat from a good butcher and have him or her slice it for you! Of course, if making beef jerky is something that you really get into, you may want to consider buying a mechanical slicer sometime in the future.

· If you are slicing at home, place the top round in the freezer about one hour before slicing. This is to make the slicing easier.

· When slicing, cut across the grain — some say that going against the grain will leave you with jerky that is easier to chew once dried. Of course, you can also try slicing with the grain.

· The standard thickness for the meat is a quarter of an inch thick.

· Yes, you can add Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce to your beef jerky for flavor, but why add more moisture when the point the process of making jerky involves removing all moisture? Nonethless, » Read more: How to Make Beef Jerky

BBQ Safety Tips

January 5th, 2013 by admin No comments »

When it comes to barbecuing, what could be more fun than whipping up sumptuous food on the grill in the company of family and friends? The thing of course is finding the right place for grilling and barbecuing. One favorite spot among true barbecue aficionados would be their very own backyard or outdoor kitchen with their own brick barbecue pit. Actually, any outdoor area is a potential spot for a barbecue but truth be known, the best places for a barbecue are the safest ones.

Choose a location for your BBQ grill that is away from trees, leaves, brush and overhanging limbs. Do not setup your gill in a high traffic area where someone may accidentally brush up against the hot grill.

When barbecuing in your backyard, be sure that you’re 5 to 10 feet away from your house or any material that can potentially catch fire. Also, be sure the grill is stable and is away from children or pets that may bump into it. It would also be a good idea to have a water supply nearby like a garden hose.

If you live in an apartment building with a balcony or rooftop or any other outdoor space, be sure to consult with your building administrator (or in some instances, your local fire department) regarding specific restrictions. Generally, using charcoal and gas grills indoors or anywhere above the first storey is prohibited so you may want to consider electric grills instead for your barbecuing efforts.

Another great place to barbecue is in a campsite. Camping is such an exciting way to experience the great outdoors and barbecuing food over a campfire is definitely one of those practical yet cozy things you can do. Just be sure that you are at least 15 feet away from your tent and other camping gears. » Read more: BBQ Safety Tips