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Metalware Open Country Beef Jerky Works Kit

by Nesco

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  • Makes beef jerky from ground meat
  • Quick and easy: jerky finished in about four hours
  • 9-inch jerky gun with three attachments for strips and sticks
  • Five spice packets and five jerky-cure packets included
  • Use with any food dehydrator
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 9.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004W4VD
  • Item model number: BJW-1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,836 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Product Description

Love jerky but not the price? Make it cheap and healthy with your Nesco Jerky gun and spices!

From the Manufacturer

Make perfect jerky sticks and strips with ease every time using the Jerky Works! This kit contains everything you need to start making flavorful beef jerky. The jerky gun includes three attachments: a flat tip for making jerky strips and 2 round tips for making large and small jerky sticks. Kit includes five jerky spices and cures in original, Cajun, and pepperoni flavors.

Customer Reviews

An excellent product, and very easy to use and clean.
Brian G Forbes
This is so simple, and so good... and you save so much money making it yourself.
Wendy A. B. Whipple
The included seasoning packets make great tasting jerky.
TheLastCoyote

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Tweedel VINE VOICE on July 17, 2003
I purchased their Jerkey Making Kit. I was skeptical of turning ground meat into jerky. I figured it would dry out, fall apart and turn to something like Pemican. To my great surprise it held together and I was using Venison (lower fat content). The Nesco Flavor packets were quite tasty. The Ground meat Jerkey lacks the feel of tradtional strip beef jerkey but makes it easier to eat, especially those with dental issues.
The one problem I have with the jerkey Kit is that it is too small, you get less than 1/2 lb of meat per load, so you have to load the gun at least twice, usually 3 times per pound of meat. Sometimes it can gugle and spit when their is air in the meat. Usually by the last half of the tube the air has call compressed out but then you have to reload. If you really want to make Jerky I would get a gun with a larger capacity. But this gun proved to me it could be done (I had a lot of doubt).
One tip, squirt the meat onto wax paper and then transfer it onto your drying racks (I use the nesco snackmaster) when I squirted directly onto the racks it shoved meat between the grills and made it tough to remove. Maybe I should try it with that herb tray insert
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. B. Whipple on September 24, 2002
I have to admit when my husband presented me with this contraption, I was a little skeptical. My experiences with beef jerky were limited to the leathery stuff you buy in convenience stores. My first concern about using ground beef was safety. My Snackmaster dehydrator dries at a high enough temp that that was no longer a concern.
My second concern was taste. What on earth would ground beef jerky taste like? So, hesitantly, I bought extra-lean ground beef, and used the seasoning packets that came with the "jerky gun."
If you've ever used a press, you are going to LOVE how easily this thing makes jerky that's uniform and attractive. (Okay, I know most folks don't care what it looks like so long as it's good, but *I* care.) The only criticism I could have of this is that it doesn't hold very much at a time, so I would have to stop and refill it. But this is so easy to use, I was still done in no time.
Several hours later, the jerky was dried. I took a smaller piece out of the tray and nibbled on it. Hey, this stuff's great! Really tasty!
Once you've used up your seasoning packets, you can find kits online at various camping/hunting stores, or you can experiment and make your own. This is so simple, and so good... and you save so much money making it yourself. (That store-bought ick works out to at least [money]/pound.) The jerky gun is one of the niftiest gadgets in my kitchen. I *highly* recommend this kit.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rich Hale on December 24, 2002
My wife and I recently received the Nesco American Harvest Jerky Works Kit as a gift. I was somewhat skeptical of this product because I have always made my venison jerky out of steaks and roasts.
The first time I tried this product, I was very impressed by the texture and taste of the jerky. Since then, I have made several batches of jerky with it, and everybody that has tasted it can't believe that I made it.
I haven't gone back to my other method of making jerky since I have tried this product, and I don't expect that I ever will.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. A. REED on January 2, 2006
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Like others, I was very skeptical of making beef jerky out of ground beef. After having tried this kit, I am so glad I took a chance. The gun was easy to use, and made perfectly shaped pieces of jerky. I used extra-lean ground beef and the Original seasonings packet that came in the kit.

Pros:

-Gun easy to use, attachments super easy to figure out.

-Seasonings & cure come in little single-use packets, no measuring here!

-Choice of attachment sizes (flat strips, small or large round sticks).

-Cleans up easy in the dishwasher, just make sure the small pieces don't fall on the drying element.

-Makes GREAT tasting jerky, and dries perfectly in around 6 hours (I used the Nesco FD-50 dehydrator).

Cons:

-I had to reload the gun 3 times to go through a pound of ground beef mixture. Not a really big deal, but does get a little messy.

-The gun doesn't squeeze the last little bit of meat through the circular attachments. A chopstick works well for pushing out the excess meat the gun doesn't get.

Overall a great little gadget to have in your kitchen. I highly recommend if you like jerky & food dehyrator stuff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shari M. Lowery on November 30, 2002
The Nesco American Harvest Jerky Works has made jerky preparation a snap! The homemade jerky is comparable to the jerky sticks you can purchase in stores. The process is simple ground meat of your choice, spice and cure. Load into gun and choose between two shapes flat or round. Dependent upon your food dehydrator you can have jerky in a matter of hours. Replacement spices and cures can be found at most larger department/retail stores. Thanks Amazon.com for recommending this product!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patti on August 1, 2005
Hi, I've been using the Jerky Works Kit gun for 3 or 4 years now. I'm on the third one and it's popping now and when they do that, they're shot. It's just too hard to force the meat through when they act like that. The handle needs replaced and Nesco doesn't sell a replacement handle.

I have only used each one 6 to 8 times. We make up 4lbs hamburger at a time. I am now looking for something that will last longer. I do highly recommend their original jerky seasoning (has msg in it) and if you don't mind something needing replaced often, their gun works good for a few times.
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