However, I am also very frugal about food; I hate to waste it. There has been a Utah-grown grass-fed top quality roast in our freezer for a year. I either needed to give it to someone who could use it, or use it myself. I have also been gaining weight and wondering if I should try to reduce my carbohydrate intake.
I'm headed out in the field next week. I get hungry doing field work. I eat crackers and chips and drink sweetened lattes when that happens. Perhaps I need a more satisfying snack.
Enter that roast, a 1970s era electric food slicer given to me by my mother-in-law, and my trusty food dehydrator. In other words, I made jerky.
It turned out pretty good. It's totally natural because there are no artificial preservatives or MSG and I have enough to last for months, especially since Drew is not eating any. I will use my Foodsaver vacuum thingy to package it into portions that will last about a week when unsealed and then probably freeze it. This will probably get me through the darkest of winter nights when the urge to eat cereal late at night is strong.
My sourdough starter is feeding nicely too.