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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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Delicious jerky in as little as four hours. These flavorful snacks are ideal for healthy eaters who want a treat tasting lower calorie snack. This large jerky gun with stainless steel trigger, ratchet bar and see through meat chamber holds 1 pound of ground meat which yields approximately 1/2 pound of jerky after dehydration. It comes with three attachments to make jerky strips, sticks or double strips. Includes five original flavor jerky spice and cure packs.
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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. Yes, I made a lot of jerky with it, yes, it was great while it lasted --- but if you want a long term relationship with your jerky gun, and not have to toss the whole thing just because one little piece malfunctioned, you need to look else where for a sturdy gun.
One (not so good) way to fix it:
This vital piece began cracking after my 6th batch of jerky. It did not fall apart, just a little crack, so I found a temporary solution: I found a metal jar cap that is the same size, cleaned it well, and placed it in front of the plastic piece. It worked for a while, but eventually the meat escaped from the space around it and made a mess (what was I thinking). Also, you can try super glue. I haven't tried it yet, but super glue works wonders with plastic.
With all its imperfections, this one does seem to be the most economic jerky gun--- precisely because it is imperfect. So I would say if you are a first time jerky maker, and you're not sure if you would want to make jerky forever, then give this a try. If you are like me, and eat jerky as a part of your stable diet, please skip this item and buy an all metal jerky gun. They do have those, though they are much more expensive.
Thanks for reading!
It could be better - if there were a rubber seal around the 'plunger' it would help push the meat off the inside of the chamber. There's also a little bit of meat left in the tips that you aren't able to make into jerky unless you shape it by hand. But for the price, this thing still gets five stars.
The seasoning that comes with it is also good. I used to strength however, because I don't like super salty jerky. So for three pounds of meat, I used two packs of cure and two packs of seasoning.
I am excited to try other things with the jerky gun including a beef/venison mixture, and maybe some fruit/meat combinations.
We experimented with a few types of meat:
85% beef - Not good - it's too greasy.
93% beef - It's okay but still too greasy.
96% beef - Perfect and dries faster.
99% turkey - Perfect and dries faster.
Before we got the jerky maker, I would slice as thin as possible chicken breast which worked great but it would dry unevenly because I couldn't cut the slices precisely. If you bought a dehydrator or have one, you should buy this jerky maker. It makes amazing jerky!
I can't say that making your own jerky is cheaper because I usually do about 3lbs of meat to fill my 4 tray nesco squre dehydrator. By the time it is dry, it isn't very much jerky. I would spend about $15 for 3lbs of lean meat - it doesn't produce a lot of jerky. But if you care about health and control what goes into it, it is worth it.
Oh and another important thing to point out, we don't add the "jerk" seasoning - which I think it's just salt. We love the seasoning that it comes with though. Just don't add the salt side of the packet!