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Nesco BJX-5 American Harvest Jumbo Jerky Works Kit
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- Large jerky gun with stainless-steel trigger and ratchet bar makes tasty home-made jerky
- See-through meat chamber holds up to a pound of ground meat. Make beef jerky, turkey jerky, or venison jerky
- Includes 3 attachments, and 10 packs of jerky seasoning (5 jerky spice and 5 cure packs)
- Use with Nesco meat dehydrator
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What I like:
The gun itself is very helpful in forming strips and sticks of jerky. The different nozzles allow me to make my jerky into whatever shape I like. The gun is easy to use and quite precise. All you have to do is load it with seasoned ground beef and squeeze it out. You can control the length of the jerky. It even makes a pleasant clicking sound as you watch your neat strips/sticks of jerky come out from the other end. I would not know how to form ground beef otherwise. Your hand WILL get tired after a while, but that is why we have two hands =)
I LOVE the seasoning & cure packets that came with it. They were delicious, and make your jerky taste exactly like store bought stuff. They give you a good amount, too. Enough to make 5-10 pounds of jerky depending on your taste. After finishing them I decided to mix my own cure & seasoning by buying salt cure and liquid smoke, etc. but so far I haven't been able to come up with a consistently tasty seasoning for my jerky. If you want consistent great tasting jerky, I highly recommend ordering more of these packets individually.
However, this jerky gun, as convenient as it is, does have a major, major, MARJOR problem...
The VITAL piece that pushes out the jerky is made of PLASTIC!!!! Oh lord, what are they thinking?! I am talking about the piece that connects to the end of the core metal stick. It is made of a thin piece of plastic! I understand that it needs to come off so it can be cleaned, but can't they make it metal too? My jerky gun is lying in the bottom storage drawer of my oven right now, because that one little piece of plastic cracked after making jerky 9-10 times.Read more ›
A few points:
-- Ground beef jerky is not actually traditional beef jerky. "Real" jerky is thin strips of steak, marinated (I do mine for 36+ hours), and then dried. This device creates tubes and slabs from ground beef or other meats.
-- This type of jerky is faster to create than the "real" stuff. You simply add seasonings (Nesco's packets and/or your own additions) to the meat, stuff it in the gun, extrude it onto the trays, and fire up the dehydrator. 4-5 hours later, you have jerky!
-- It is helpful to allow the beef to come near room temperature before extrusion. This just makes it easier to squeeze the stuff out of the gun. Also, make sure you use 93/7% hamburger (or even leaner if you can). It's healthier, dries faster, and "sweats" less while drying.
-- Food safety is even more critical with ground beef than with lengthily-marinated solid beef strips. Ground meat tends to contain more bacteria, so all your mixing utensils, bowls, the dehydrator trays, and the gun parts themselves should be thoroughly washed with a mild bleach and dish soap solution and very hot water JUST PRIOR TO USE. This will help prevent any chance of food-borne illness, and extend the life of the finished product. I also wash my hands repeatedly, and use disposable latex examination gloves when handling the meat.Read more ›
Nesco BJX-5 American Harvest Jumbo Jerky Works Kit
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're going to make jerky out of ground meat, you absolutely need this gun. It makes placing the meat on the dehydrator trays a breeze. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Frank G
Did a great job making my beef jerky. I loved the heavy plastic it is made out of. Makes clean up a breeze.Published 5 days ago by Emma Jean Kline
The price is right, but the materials could be better. Works as intended, but only so long. But I'd buy it again. Read morePublished 5 days ago by WiseGuy
Bought this as a gift for my husband. He loves it and immediately made some great jerky. It's well made and we've been using it for a few years nowPublished 6 days ago by mpossible
The Jerky gun works great. I haven't tried the seasoning so I can't comment on the taste, but the gun worked good and is easy to clean. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Steven B
So much easier to product jerky strips than rolling it out my rolling pin. The plastic threads are not the strongest, during pressing I have popped the end off a few times but... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kyle Beckett