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Safe Handling of Beef Jerky & Beef Sticks

June 21, 2020

Safe Handling of Beef Jerky & Beef Sticks

Safe Handling of Beef Jerky & Beef Sticks

Beef Jerky and Beef Sticks are some of our favorite products. They’re easy to grab for a snack on-the-go, and protein packed.

With the ease of this snack, we want to make sure you are storing and handling it in the best way. Follow these precautions to make sure your product stays in the best shape possible!


Beef Jerky:

  • This is shelf stable, which means when unopened it can stay in a room temperature room. Keeping it at a steady temperature versus extreme temperatures is better for it. It is also important to handle the jerky in a way to ensure that the package does not break the vacuum seal. Somethings that can cause this are: 
    • extreme temperatures
    • placing the package in tightly packed areas where it can be punctured by other objects
    • Pulling at the packaging, which can allow air to penetrate the packaging
  • If any of the above items happen, we recommend: 
    • eating the jerky right away 
    • Refrigerating or freezing the jerky
    • Or throwing it away if you are not able to consume/refrigerate immediately.

Beef Sticks:

  • Beef Sticks are NOT shelf stable, which means it needs to be refrigerated or frozen. We recommend freezing the beef sticks until you are ready to eat them, then move them into the refrigerator.
  • Shipping beef sticks:
    • After discussing with our butcher, we were advised to ship the beef sticks frozen solid and if they make it to the destination in 2-3 days, they are safe to consume. This is why you won’t find additional temperature controlling items in your shipment. 

When you follow these guidelines, your beef jerky and beef sticks will be delicious and safe for you!!


If you have any questions, leave a comment or email hannah@oakbarnbeef.com




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