The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


March 18, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: ‘Try it B4 you buy it’



It is recommended to always store jerky in the refrigerator so it lasts longer. Store jerky in a paper bag or tightly sealed glass jar. Storing in plastic bags is not recommended as it can lead to condensation and mold growth. After two weeks to one month, it’s advised to freeze uneaten jerky to maintain its freshness.

Safety guidelines

n Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water while handling meat.

n Use clean equipment and utensils.

n Defrost meat in the refrigerator.

n Marinate meat in the refrigerator.

n Minimum temperature used for drying is 160 degrees to kill bacteria.

n Store homemade jerky in refrigerator for one to two months.

With minimal prep time and little equipment required, making homemade venison jerky is easy, rewarding and a great way to share your wild game with friends and family. It’s a great snack to throw in your pocket on your next hunt or outdoor adventure and a great way to spend a few hours during those months when hunting is limited and time is available.


n The Amboy Sharp Shooters 4H Club will be holding its annual registration Saturday at the Amboy Rifle Club from 9: a.m. until noon. This will be your final opportunity to sign up for this year’s 4H Club featuring the discipline’s of Rifle and Archery. For more information, call 344-6208 or email

n The ODNR Division of Watercraft will be conducting another Boater’s Education Class at Lake Erie boat Club 1207 Broad St. in Conneaut on Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 964-0518 to register. A $5 fee for material will be charged.

n Monroe Sportsman’s Club is having its Spring and Summer Trap League. It will consist of 1,000 single targets. You may sign up and shoot anytime from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $17 / 100 of which $2 will go toward trophies. For more information, call Ron Berrier at 228-8900 or Sara Dean at 223-0244

Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at

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