A word about storage
While you will likely want to eat the jerky right away, it can also be safely stored in a variety of ways. When cured according to these steps and vacuum sealed to be airtight, the jerky will last one to two months if stored in a dark, dry place at room temperature. If refrigerated, it'll last several months; if frozen, perhaps even two to three years. Once the airtight seal is broken, or if it is stored in a non-airtight plastic bag, the jerky will only last about one to two weeks. Always check the condition before eating and do not eat if the smell and/or color is off.