A good sharp beef jerky knife gets the job of making those beef jerky sized meat strips much easier.
I actually own several beef jerky knives. Each one has a specific function.
Beef Jerky Knife
I use a Rapala fillet knife to remove the surface fat from this slab of beef flank steak. Many recipes and websites say that you must remove all of the fat. I am not sure those folks have ever made beef jerky? It’s nearly impossible to remove all of it. Don’t fret, this is trimmed good enough.
Beef Jerky Knife – The Fillet Knife
The image blow is the Rapala fillet knife I use. This Rapala fillet knife is available on Amazon for around $15.00.
I own several of these fillet knives just for kitchen use. There not just for cleaning the days catch. This fillet knife has over 200 of mostly 4 and 5 Amazon customer reviews, — evidence of many happy Rapala fillet knife owners. The fillet knife is razor sharp right out of the box and makes short work of getting most of this beef jerky making job done.
Once the surface fat has been trimmed away, partially freeze the meat to make the job of cutting meat strips much easier. It only takes an hour or two in the freezer. Make sure you lay the meat flat in your freezer.
Beef Jerky Knife – The Chef’s Knife
The Victorinox 8-inch Fibrox Chef’s knife (pictured above) or the Victorinox 7-inch Fibrox granton edge Santuko knife (pictured below) are both part of my kitchen and my beef jerky knife arsenal. Either of these two knives will do an admirable job of reducing that slab o’ flank steak down to manageable beef jerky size meat strips. Both are razor sharp right out of the box, and easy to touch up when needed.
The granton edge helps to keep the meat from sticking to the blade, making it easier to get those thinner and consistent size strips for your jerky making. That feature makes it well used kitchen favorite for those cutting tasks.
For current Victorinox 8-inch Fibrox Chef’s knife information and price, check out the Amazon product page here. This knife has over 5000 of mostly 4 and 5 star customer reviews. The price does change, I have seen this knife for as little as $25.00 and up to $40.00. If your looking, bookmark this page so you can easily check.
For current Victorinox 7-inch Fibrox granton edge Santuko knife information and price, check out the Amazon product page here. This knife has over 700 of mostly 4 and 5 star customer reviews. Like the knife above, the price will change. I have seen this knife go for as little as $25.00 and up to $50.00.
These knives will make a great addition to your outdoor eats kitchen arsenal. So watch those knife prices.
Beef Jerky Knife – Care and Protection
One drawback on both knives is that they do not come with a protective sheath. If you have a knife block, no big deal. — I don’t. — I keep my kitchen knives separate from the “family” kitchen knives. That way, I know they will remain well maintained. This is the knife sheath I use to protect the edge and my fingers. Check out the current information and price here on Amazon.
Now you have a pile of meat strips all ready to marinate.
I have been experimenting with a lot of new flavor combinations and new ways to marinate the meat strips. Stay tuned for some of those new beef jerky recipes.