While jerky that’s been properly prepared keeps pretty well just in the refrigerator, if you’re planning on having it around for a while, you may want to think about getting a vacuum sealing system to use for more effective storage.
Using a vacuum system to store your jerky removes all the air from the bag keeping it fresher longer. You can then refrigerate or freeze the packaged jerky until you’re ready to enjoy it.
Types of Vacuum Sealers
There are several different types of home vacuum systems on the market that vary in cost, ease of operation and results.
The most cost effective ones – particularly if you don’t plan on using it a lot – are the hand held models. The one made by Reynolds uses batteries (stored in the handle) and comes with a flexible suction disc you place over the opening on the bag to remove the air. In spite of the fact this model is battery-operated, you’ll find you can easily remove all the air from the bag.
The only caution you should be aware of is that if the food you are vacuum sealing has sharp points or edges – they may puncture the bag itself as the fit becomes tighter. For items like this, I’ve found it helpful to wrap the item in plastic wrap before vacuum sealing.
Vacuum bags – quart and gallon size – can usually be purchased at your local grocery on the same aisle with the other plastic bags.
If you plan on vacuuming larger quantities of jerky or if you plan on using the vacuum sealer for other food items, you may want to invest in a larger sealer – that doesn’t require batteries. There are many different types of vacuum sealers on the market using different types of bags or bag rolls. Some of the better known manufacturers of these vacuum sealers are:
These brands are available from Amazon….
Before purchasing any vacuum sealer, consider the following:
- What you plan on sealing, i.e, what types of foods
- How often, i.e., daily, weekly, etc.
- Cost of operation, i.e., batteries vs. electricity
- Cost of the ‘bags’
- Ease of use
And, it’s a good thought to always read the customer reviews. Vacuum sealing is a great way to keep food fresher longer – and with food costs today who wouldn’t want to save $$.