Homemade beef jerky is a much more healthy treat than chocolate chip cookies and it's more fun to make. Lucky Beef Jerky "Seasoning and Cure Kits" are easy to use and make a great project for the whole family.
The hard work is all taken care of, Lucky Jerky designed it into the kits, so there is no complicated measuring or weighing of cure. Simply dissolve 1 packet of cure and 1 packet of seasoning into 1 cup of cold water to create a marinade that will cure 5 lbs of lean meat. The kit works equally well for "slab style" jerky or "ground and formed" jerky. If you're making slab jerky, simply slice 5 lbs of lean meat as consistently as possible and 3/8" thick or thinner, then combine it with the marinade in a zip lock bag and refrigerate for 24 - 36 hours. If you're making ground and formed jerky, simply mix the marinade with 5 lbs of lean, ground beef until the mixture becomes very sticky, then extrude onto drying racks and cook per the instructions included in the kit.