In my quest to learn about all things jerky, I came across this book by Mary Bell, titled Just Jerky: The Complete Guide to Making It. Let me tell you what! This book is a treat unlike any recipe book I’ve read in awhile.
Mary Bell is an interesting character. In the introduction section of the book, she explains how she used to be a vegan, and then one day her child wanted to eat meat.
What did this lady do? Did she drive down to Walmart and buy a package of ground up or sliced up meat? Heck no!
The self-reliance aspect of the skill of drying and preserving meat became immediately clear in this story Mary told in the beginning of the book. She actually went out and learned how to hunt so that she could procure her own meat. What a woman!
The recipes in this book are fantastic. I’ve adapted many of them and have made them my own, and I haven’t found a better foundation for solid jerky recipes than what I found in this book.
There’s also a good holistic explanation of jerky and its origins. She delves into making it with meat, non-meat, all sorts of ingredients. There’s even a part in the book that grossed out my kids – where she talks about making blood jerky (it entails using EVERY part of the cow, including its blood).
Where did I find it?
On Amazon of course. I feel like I’m shopping here more than I do locally anymore