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Old 10-30-2013, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for deer processing (jerky), in close proximity to Chicago

I am looking for a good company to make jerky, anyone know a good place?
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try Johns Elgin Market. Same guy who sells the jerky at the outdoors shows
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Freedom Sausage, Earlville, about 15 miles north of Ottawa.
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johns is good but $$$$$. It is very easy to do with a dehydrator, I suggest start doing it yourself. The mix/kits from cabelas or any online retailer are pretty good, and once you get proficient you can tweak them to your liking.
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johns is good but $$$$$. It is very easy to do with a dehydrator, I suggest start doing it yourself. The mix/kits from cabelas or any online retailer are pretty good, and once you get proficient you can tweak them to your liking.
Don't even need a dehydrator. We just did one with a meat slicer and some jerky racks for the oven. There are a ton of recipes online for different flavors.
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Don't even need a dehydrator. We just did one with a meat slicer and some jerky racks for the oven. There are a ton of recipes online for different flavors.
X2. I don't even use any extra racks. Just toothpicks through the jerky and place the toothpick across the rack with jerky hanging down. I can get about 10 pounds of jerky on the two racks this way (well, 10 pounds to start with, 3 or 4 pounds after it's done.

P.S. Dehydrators use up a lot of electricity. Once you figure in your costs plus your time to make it, having it made somewhere isn't that expensive. John's Elgin meat market is expensive IF you buy their jerky. It's not that bad if you have your deer done and processed into jerky. I personally think their jerky is some of the best I've had...
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Default Daves meat market

Daves meat market in Yorkville il. Prices are not too bad and jerky is delicious. They make great sausages too.
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The Salami Factory in DePue is where we take all of our game... deer and turkey. He makes some unbelievable jerky, deer sticks (highly recommend the Hawaiian barbeque). The owner, Joe, is a great guy and it's a family run business.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Make the jerky yourself. I am about to throw a batch on the dehydrator today. I never notice the extra electric on my bill. My wife bought the dehydrator when I tried making it in the oven. My kids won't eat the commercial jerky mixes. I have tweeked my recipe over the years and I love it. My jerky doesn't last long in this house.
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I make/eat quite a bit of jerky myself and no, it never lasts long. As others have said, once you get your system down you can tweek it just how you like it. I recommend whole muscle instead of formed(ground) jerky if you do decide to try your own.
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