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JERKY GUN Jr. homemade beef jerky maker | Does it Work?


Hello, my beautiful lovelies! Hi, it’s Emmy. Welcome back. Today, I’m going to be testing this: and this tool is a homemade jerky gun. Actually, it’s the Weston Original JerkyGUN Jr., so I imagine that there is a larger size — this is the junior size. And this little gadget was sent to me by viewer Whitney. Thank you so much, Whitney, for sending this to me. She sent me this entire box right here — and she found this at her local thrift store, where I find all of my vintage treasures. And here it is. The gun goes here. I have an attachment on here already. A pair of brushes; a funnel; a little plunger; and various attachments to make different sized jerkies. And Whitney also included this! And this is the seasoning packets. This contains the seasoning packets to flavor your jerky. It comes in three different flavors: Peppered, Honey Barbecue, and Mesquite. It also contains a cure, which is a powder that contains nitrates which keeps your jerky nice and bright pink. Since each one of these packets is enough for five pounds of meat and I was just doing one pound of meat I did a little bit of math and I weighed out twelve grams, which is one-fifth of sixty grams, which is what the weight of each one of these packets was. That’ll make more sense when I actually show you how to do this. The first thing, you want have an impeccably clean machine; I ran mine through the dishwasher. And then you’re gonna have to prepare your meats. So to your meat, add your cure and add your seasoning packet and one tablespoon of water, and then mix this really well. The instructions say to do this until the meat is nice and sticky. Essentially this jerky gun is a caulking gun Caulk. C-A-U-L-K. Caulk. And you press this little release; and you pull the plunger back. And that allows you to fill the shaft with your meat! So the easiest way I found to fill the chamber was to make little balls of meat and give them little squeeze they fit easily down the chamber. You don’t want to trap any air in there because even when you use the plunger, it’s really difficult to get the meat all the way back there because you’ve got an air pocket in there. So once you’ve got your meat in the chamber, you’re gonna put the end back on with the nozzle of your liking, and then you’re gonna pump the trigger until the plunger hits the meat. So you just pump, pump, pump. Exactly like a caulking gun. So next you’re ready to extrude. You’re gonna have a cookie sheet, and then have a rack. This will aid in drying. And then you just squeeze gently while pulling the gun towards you, and the meat will come out in nice little rows. So, once you have your meat all laid out on your tray place it into a preheated, one hundred eighty degree oven, and you’re gonna put in there for about an hour. You want to keep the door of the oven ajar a little bit. I just used a little pot holder, so the moisture can kind of evaporate out. And then after an hour give it a flip, and then every half an hour give it a flip and just check on it. You’ll start to see a little beads of fat collect on the jerky and it’s gonna shrink significantly. And you’ll know when the jerky is done when it looks dry, but it still remains pliant. You want it to be flexible. And here is the finished jerky. These narrower ones, the turkey ones, cooked a little bit faster, so these cooked in about an hour and forty-five minutes while these thicker ones took more about two hours and fifteen minutes. These ones cooked about two hours. And I have to say that extruding the little beautiful neat rows of meat was very, very satisfying; kind of reminded me of, like, my Play-doh days when you had that Play-doh extruder and you just squeezed the Play-doh out — and it came out in nice little tubes. So satisfying! Alright! So, enough of that; let’s go ahead and give these a taste. This one is the mesquite beef jerky, and I used the single, kind of tubular one. Let me bend it and show you what the texture’s like. So, completely dry in the middle, but a little bit soft. Here we go. Itadakimasu! Mm! Mm-hmm. And that’s pretty good. It tastes like something you would buy in the store. Quite salty, but it is beef jerky — that’s how you preserve meat. But it has a really great texture to it too: nice little chew, not overly dry; quite similar to a Slim Jim, but you don’t have that casing on the outside, that– that snapping action that you have, which I adore. You don’t have that, but the texture inside is quite similar. A bit like pepperoni. And the flavor of this is quite nice, too: it’s smoky, but it doesn’t taste like artificial bacon smoke or liquid smoke. It’s quite nice. I like that. Let’s try this one next; this is the turkey jerky, and this is in the honey barbecue flavor. This one, too, is pretty flexible and when we tear it, that’s what it looks like inside. This one to me looks a little bit more like a dog treat, but let’s give that a go. Mm! Mm-hmm. That’s got a good flavor too! The honey barbecue flavor isn’t too sweet, which I was a little bit worried about. Just a little bit sweet, and it tastes very similar to those cans of beef jerky that you can get and they’re wrapped in plastic. Very similar texture, and flavor. The flavor of the meat is a little bit lighter which is not surprising since this is turkey. This tastes a little bit more like lunch meat to me, or a little bit like ham. But– equally good. Mm-hmm. Lastly, I have this one — and this is the double extruded flat nozzle. And this one is quite pliant as well; and this is the peppered beef jerky. Let’s give that one a go! Mm! Mm-hmm. I like the texture of this one. This one is very reminiscent of those beef jerkies that came in a can that were shrink wrapped — do they even make those anymore? — both in texture, and both in flavor. Very, very similar. This has, of course, a lot of black pepper in it, so there’s a tiny bit of kind of warmth to that, and lots of black pepper flavor. Again, this is quite salty, but it is beef jerky and tastes exactly like something that you would buy from a store. Yum! I was very happy about how this worked. It worked beautifully. The build quality is very good. Although everything is plastic, it is very, very sturdy and worked exactly as it said it would. So, final thoughts on homemade jerky making: it’s super fun! Very, very satisfying, but very, very labor intensive, and it does use a good amount of energy as well, so I think the only way to make this economically feasible is if you are a hunter and you had loads of meat that you had to process, then this would be a no-brainer. Whitney, thank you so much for your generosity and for sending this to me. It was an absolute pleasure to make a homemade jerky. I’ve always wanted to do it. So, yeah! And thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you guys enjoyed that one. I hope you guys learned something. Please share this video with your friends and follow me on social media, and yeah, I shall see you in my next video! Toodle-oo! Take care! Bye~~~!

100 thoughts on “JERKY GUN Jr. homemade beef jerky maker | Does it Work?

  1. I at one point owned a food dryer and I never used it.

    I'm wondering if something like that would be more energy efficient than using the oven.

  2. I wish I watched this video before I bought mine. I used it a couple times then it pretty much went into the pantry to never see the light of day again. I'm gonna have to dig it back out and give it another shot

  3. Reminds ya of slim Jims and the smaller jerky that's sold in stores I love deer jerky seems alittle softer than store bought where did you buy that at

  4. For those that say "I never heard of making jerky from ground meat…" Let me just say "O Boy, Oberto" like hams, the cheaper store bought jerky's are made from "chopped and formed" aka ground and extruded meat while the premium products are whole meat…

  5. BTW yes, there is a bigger jerky gun (1-1/2lb capacity vs 1lb…) With a stainless steel tube instead of plastic…

  6. Iโ€™ve made homemade jerky quite a number of times, never with one of these guns, but you hit the nail on the head that the process is really labor intensive

  7. I'll stick with the old fashioned way – slicing, marinating, drying on low heat and enjoying my jerky. Venison and beef jerky made this way….yummy

  8. OK not real beef jerky. You take a beef roast slice it into thin strips then put into cure and then put into a dry smoker and keep in until done

  9. Keep the plunger about 1/4 of the way from top of tube, begin filling with meat. After you fill it, use the stuffer to shove the meat down as you slide the plunger back to halfway, repeat.

  10. Emmy. Since jerky has a decent self life particularly if vacuum sealed with a moisture absorber. It is a good emergency food

  11. Im late to this meaty beefy jerky party

    But, i Neeeeed one of these!!

    I eat alot of store bought jerky which gets pricey… so i imagine this would save me moneu money ๐Ÿ˜

  12. I had no idea that beef jerky started out as ground beef, I thought it was made with pieces of a beef roast.

  13. Those ' guns' are the same things we used at McDonald's in the 1970's to dispense Mac Sauce, and Mayo for sandwiches. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. So you fill the โ€œshaftโ€ or the โ€œcaulkโ€ with meat ? Ok
    Yes Iโ€™m childish ๐Ÿ˜‚

  15. ๐Ÿ’• Really liked this one ! I love meat. Ha It was fun watching you make these ! They really looked tasty ! ๐Ÿ˜‹
    Thanks, Emmy !! ๐ŸŒผโ™ฅ๏ธ

  16. I always wanted to buy the jerky gun, but I dont consider this to be jerky. To me Jerky is dried meat from whole cuts of meat. Not ground meat. This is more like a meat stick.

  17. Even she looks like she doesn't want to laugh cause everything she says damn near has a double meaning. I'm dying. "Caulk caulk caulk"

  18. Beef Jerky in the store is very expensive. I used to make my own with hamburger, but used a large dehydrator. I could put it in and have several trays worth by the next morning.

  19. Iโ€™ve watched toooooo much adult stuff for this ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿฅด

    I…. ๐Ÿคฃ

  20. When a US person says "thrift store", do they mean – second hand/used goods or – discount/pile 'em high sell 'em cheap store?

  21. My Junior didn't come with a cone, the nozzles were plastic and it broke the plastic nozzles and then the tube after 6 uses. The one-pound tube was time-consuming and had to be restuffed constantly.

  22. I had been making beef jerky but I used a dehydrator. I remember I had about 10 racks of beef jerkey on the racks. They were about half finished. I picked up my little dog, walked over to the bar where I had the dehydrator and raised the lid. My little dog took a sniff of this, looked at me and started wagging his tail. I guess he thought i was making dog snacks.

  23. My dumbass thought this was going to be a gun that violently shot jerky out of it… ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

  24. i make beef jerky at home often. This is not Jerky or biltong, it must be like when americans call orange gup cheese and tar chocolate.

  25. Man I went on a make your own beef jerky rampage few years back. End of story is…. Costs to damn much! thats without including my time as money… Cheaper to just buy it. Since I can't get cuts as cheap as a company that does. You lose so much weight in meat doing it. 5-8bucks a lb of jerky at the store, is totally worth it! Thats dried weight!

  26. Her innocent adorable voice talking about lubing shafts and filling shafts in these videos. I see you, Miss Emmy!!!!!!

  27. being a hunter as the only economical use … how about hiking camping or as survival or emergency food … all of those are excellent reasons to make jerky … the most important reason being it tastes good ….
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    labour intensive … not any more than making dumplings or bread or a turkey dinner …

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    as for salt being the only way to preserve meat … um NO … smoke it … pemmican .. pickle it .. freeze dry … dehydrate … all are valid ways to preserve meat

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    as for being salty that is because they use man made salts not natural ones … and you dont have to use ground beef you can slice any meat extra thin and marinate it in your flavouring of choice then finish it in the oven as low as it goes or a smoker …
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    Here is a suggestion for amount of work needed … if you spend 20 minutes making dinner and take the same amount of time making jerky then it is NOT any more difficult than cooking dinner … or baking cookies or a cake ….

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    as for possible uses … you really need to experience life before making definitive uses of something .. youre still just a very young and inexperienced person and have barely any life experience … get out and live go camping hiking canoeing heck join the local reserves even get some life experience besides just shopping …

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