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One of our lovely friends from the site gave me some beef jerky at Nina's garden visit a few months ago.  Now, I admit that I was a bit fascinated - the home made stuff makes for great flavoured snack, it was apparently pretty cheap to make and it will last for a few weeks in the fridge.  She said it was easy, but I'd seen the spice mixes at my local shop and they were a bit expensive.  Given everything else I make, it just didn't seem worth the bother.... boy, was I wrong!, although a few things were in my favour:

  • I happen to own a never used dehydrator - I'd bought it for a present for one of my boys.
  • I was smart enough to do some google research prior to starting this little test.

Here's how it unfolded (with instructions) and turned me into a jerky convert:

  • Went to local butcher.  Bought 250 grams of really low fat beef (you don't want fat because it doesn't dry properly).  The butcher sliced it really thin for me.  That was cheap and easy!
  • Made a marinate of oyster sauce, light soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and some garlic.  Doubled that with olive oil so I had enough to cover the meet.  Chucked it in the fridge for 48 hours.  That was cheap and easy!
  • That night, put it in the dehydrator and let it run over night (in the laundry because that sucker is pretty noisy).  That was cheap and easy!
  • Next night, I sat in front of the telly and munched it.  That was cheap, easy and REALLY darn good. 

I can't imagine how many different marinates I can dream up now.  This stuff is good enough to sell.  Wow.  Dead easy and the only real cost is the meat.  I am now a jerky convert.  And that, my friends, is why I love this site!

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Whipped out a lazy 2 kg of James Dean Breakfast Sausage today.  It has a hint of maple syrup.  Really nice is you like a sweetish sausage. (Although, to be fair, Rozie couldn't tell what the flavour was - she just liked it!)

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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