Why is beef jerky so expensive?

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  • JustMe
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    8 years ago
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    Beef has a lot of water in it. So when it is dried, it only a fraction of its former weight. Takes a lot of beef to make a little jerky.

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  • 6 years ago

    Because its a ripoff!! I have made jerky at home for years with a simple electric meat slicer (lightly freeze the meat first-easier to slice) my liquid or dry rub, throw it into my dehydrator and within hours you have great jerky. I seal it in my seal-a-meal machine and there you have it, lasts for months for backpacking/skiing/canoe-kayaking/camping trips and day hikes. Jerky is often made from a cheap cut of meat, even scraps. My brother makes jerky from the deer he gets each year--its excellent. A 3oz bag of store bought jerky is often around $4-5 which is over $20 per pound from a cheap cut of meat!!

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  • 8 years ago

    because the meat shrinks a lot during the process of making jerky so you end up paying for the meat you dont actually get

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  • 8 years ago

    JustMe is right. Also, making beef jerkey is very labor intensive: Cutting, marinating, hanging, drying, packaging, distributing.

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  • 8 years ago

    I think they charge for the processes it goes through and the name it may have. For instance, when one purchases a slim jim, you are also playing for the name of the product.

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  • 8 years ago

    Packaging.

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  • 8 years ago

    Beef jerky is made from stray urban bush meat and these animals are wary and hard to catch.

    • Rich6 years agoReport

      Madmunk your right, after eating store bought jerky my friend ends up barking

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Because the cows are on strike.

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