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Satisfy that jerky jones

Post by News Tribune Staff on May 1, 2007 at 10:01 am | No Comments »
May 1, 2007 10:01 am

A quiet but regular patron of Ed’s Diner writes:

After a lifetime of shopping at Safeway, my wanderings and wonderings last week hit a new high. The meat dept manager (who I’d never met) asked what I wanted to do with the package of meat resting in my hand. My response – “Make something my family would like…what do you recommend?” – elicited an informed lecture on different cuts, their preparations and properties. He pointed to one row of packages and said customers often asked him to re-cut it thinly for jerky.

Then he talked at some length about making smoked jerky. (His favorite seemed to be elk.)

I recollected your smoked salmon article and thought there also must be quite a few jerky-makers in the Puget Sound, each with their own method and spice mix. Have you made jerky?

I haven’t. Have you?

My first and last encounter with homemade jerky occurred at my paternal grandfather’s tarpaper shack in Hermosillo, Mexico. Small blankets of beef hung from the clothesline. Flies swarmed. I still dig jerky.

Now I’m hankering for a jerky (and smoked cheese) road trip to Johnson’s Smokehouse in Olympia.

How about you? How and where do you satisfy your jerky jones?

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