Ok, so who would’ve thought that my adventure into dehydrating would result in so much fun? As a family, we’ve gone from eating mostly store-bought snacks most of the time, to now eating freshly dried, healthy fruits and meats regularly. And let me tell you what a fun adventure it’s been!
Today I want to share another tool we’ve been having a blast with…
This jerky gun thing started when I came across a video and page on the net. Here’s the video:
Then I investigated and I’ll tell you more about the details of what I found before I’m finished.
The way we’ve been using meat and any other stuff we dry in the dehydrator, has been by slicing it up and then place each piece on the rack, one at a time. This isn’t such a big deal, but with meat especially, it can be a pain to cut each piece the same width and size – which isn’t ideal for drying times if you have 4-5 different sized pieces on your racks.
That’s why this jerky shooter thing-a-ma-jig was such a great idea. We started out by putting ground meat in it. We spiced up the meat first, by putting pepper, salt and some other dry ingredients in beforehand. Note to self: Don’t put wet ingredients in a ground meat before loading it in the gun. It’s a mess!
Then it’s simple. I just squeezed the trigger like I would with a caulking gun, and bad-a-bing, jerky strips and snack sticks pop right out.
Cleaning it is a bit of a task, but it’s getting easier as I do it more often. The brush they include is definitely a plus.
Where did I get it?
The first place I looked was at the official website. A place called JerkySpot.com sells this jerky gun (they’re the makers of the thing). But it turns out, a quick check at Amazon revealed a much lower price, so that is where I picked it up. Here’s the page on Amazon where I found it: The Judge Jerky Gun
- It’s super simple to use. Just load up some seasoned ground beef and it’s ready to go.
- I personally liked the extra capacity with the jerky gun. It holds a lot of meat and I filled it up about 2 times to fill up my dehydrator.
- A bit difficult to clean. It’s hand-wash only, so no throwing it in the dishwasher.
- A tad bit big, but that’s a complaint from my spouse, and not me.
- Can’t figure out how to make a flavor similar to my two favorite brands of beef jerky: Jack Links & Jeff’s Famous