Keep It Fresh: The Ultimate Guide to Storing Jerky for Maximum Flavor and Freshness


How to store beef jerky once pack is opened

At M&S Meats, we're all about that perfect bite of jerky – great texture, flavorful, and remarkably satisfying. But to keep your jerky at its peak, proper storage is key. Here's our ultimate guide to storing jerky to ensure you enjoy maximum flavor and freshness every time.

Why Proper Storage Matters

The moment you open a packet of our jerky, you're greeted with a burst of aroma that speaks to its quality and flavor. However, without proper storage, your jerky can lose its taste, texture, and overall quality. This is because exposure to air, heat, and humidity can affect jerky, leading to potential spoilage.

Unopened Packs: Cool and Dry is the Way

Our M&S Meats jerky comes gas flushed, ensuring optimal freshness. Unopened jerky packets should be stored in a cool, dry place. While it's okay to keep them in a kitchen cabinet, we recommend storing them in the pantry, away from heat sources like the oven or the stove.

After Opening: The Refrigerator is Your Friend

Once opened, your jerky's best friend is the refrigerator. Cooling slows down the process of spoilage, ensuring your jerky stays fresh longer. Place your opened jerky in an airtight container or a resealable bag before popping it into the fridge.

Avoid Humidity: The Jerky’s Arch-Nemesis

Humidity is the enemy of jerky. It can lead to the growth of mold, ruining your snack. Avoid storing jerky in humid areas such as near the dishwasher or in the bathroom. And if you're out on a hiking trip, keep your jerky in an airtight container to prevent moisture exposure.

Know the Signs of Spoilage

Storing jerky properly can significantly extend its shelf life, but it’s important to know the signs of spoilage. If the jerky develops an off smell, a change in texture, or visible mold, it's time to discard it. At Ms. Meats, we prioritize your safety and health, so when in doubt, it's better to throw it out.

Can You Freeze Jerky?

Yes, you can! Freezing jerky is a great option if you're buying in bulk. It's best to freeze unopened packets since they are vacuum-sealed. However, you can freeze opened jerky if you put it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Remember to label it with the date to keep track of how long it's been stored.

Jerky for Traveling

If you're taking our jerky on a road trip, camping, or hiking, consider how to store it properly. A cooler bag can help keep it fresh. And once opened, consume within a day or two to ensure maximum freshness.

A Final Bite

There you have it - the ultimate guide to storing your jerky for maximum freshness. By taking these steps, you can savor the full flavor and quality of M&S Meats jerky for as long as possible. Because let's face it, a well-preserved snack is a well-enjoyed snack!