How to Keep Jerky From Molding

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Even though jerky has strong preservative characteristics, molding remains a potential problem. The molding process starts when the jerky begins to "sweat" or lose its remaining moisture. The moisture then turns into condensation which, in turn, becomes a harbor for harmful mold and bacteria. The right container and the right tools stave off molding, but the storage method changes depending on how long you intend to keep the jerky. Use the correct method to keep your jerky fresh and mold-free.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag
  • Refrigerator
  • Static-cling plastic wrap
  • Air tight plastic container
  • Freezer

Short Term Storage

  • Place the jerky in a paper bag. Grocery bags or lunch bags provide ample space for this.

  • Seal off the end of the paper bad by folding down the opening. This prevents any condensation from entering the bag. The porous nature of the paper bag also absorbs moisture leaving the jerky. The absorption prevents the formation of condensation.

  • Place the paper bag in a refrigerator to keep for maximum duration. The cool dry air delays mold growth as it does with other foods.

Long Term Storage

  • Wrap the jerky tightly with plastic static-cling wrap. Continue wrapping until the jerky is no longer exposed to the air.

  • Place the jerky in an airtight container. Any sealing plastic container capable of locking out moisture suffices for this storage project.

  • Place the air tight container in the freezer. Remove and thaw thoroughly before eating.

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