Take them as much as you want at a time, but you can never have them enough to satisfy your heart.
Such is the magic of the dried meat delicacies African biltong and jerky which have now reached to almost all parts of the world
In fact, the true love for these lip-smacking meaty delights could be deciphered from the fact that people buy beef jerky in wholesale quantity, and keep them securely to satisfy their taste craving, whenever they want.
But here’s a thing that troubles them. Jerky and biltong are still one of the meat products which can go from good to worst in the span of just a few hours.
When not handled and stored properly, your delicious beef jerky is attacked by microbes, who turn the meat rancid and absolutely unfit for consumption.
Here are some of the major factors which decrease the shelf life of your beef biltong and jerky:
We know that heating a product could kill its germs and offer it a better age; right? Well, not in the case of beef jerky and biltong.
First of all, if you prepare them at home, allow them to cool sufficiently before transferring them to a container. Secondly, if you buy it from some stores, do not store it in warm temperature. Seal it in airtight bags and containers, which should be stored in a cool environment.
Direct sunlight is always a deadly foe to almost all kinds of meats and jerky is no exception. Storing your jerky in direct sunlight, even in a very secure container, is highly dangerous for them.
Sunlight penetrates almost any kind of plastic or glass containers and speeds up the oxidation process. Due to this, the jerky turns tougher and darker.
Even the changes in temperature could hurt the shelf life of your jerky. The products which are sealed in thefactory may already contain a bit of moisture.
When you buy this and keep it in a cool place, the moisture may turn to water and promote the growth of yeasts and bacteria etc., spoiling the meat. Therefore, if you suspect the presence of moisture, dry the meat well before transferring it to a cool place.
If suppose your pack of jerky is not handled properly and it gets punctured at a place, the meat becomes susceptible to be attacked by environmental conditions.
Needless to mention, this would always lead to the degradation of biltong and jerky, making them unfavorable to be consumed.
Therefore, while you buy a large amount of beef biltong and jerky, do not forget to prevent them from all these factors and make proper arrangements to keep them safe.
The taste which you desire and deserve is always reliant on the way you keep these meaty delights.