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Trim the meat. Carefully remove all of the fat, tendons and gristle. You should be left with just lean meat.


Cut the meat into strips that are 1 1/2 inches wide by 1/2-inch thick and as long as possible. Cut the meat with the grain, not against it.

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Season the meat. Rub the jerky strips with coarse ground pepper and salt. The pepper with keep the flies away from the meat and the salt will help preserve it. Both of the spices will add flavor as well.


Build a small fire. Don't use woods that have a lot of resin; which will add an unwanted flavor to the jerky. Green hardwoods or the wood from fruit trees are recommended to enhance the taste. Keep the flames low by spreading out the burning logs with a fire poker if the fire gets to big. Don't add wood too often. The smoke from the fire is supposed to repel insects and animals, not to roast the meat.


Securely poke two forked sticks into the ground by the fire with the forked ends up. When anchored, the forked part of the sticks should be about 4 feet above the fire.


Find a cross stick that is long enough to rest securely between the ends of the forked sticks. The cross stick should be made of a sturdy, green, nonpoisonous wood.


Sharpen one end of the cross stick with your knife. Be careful to cut the wood, not yourself.


Push the sharpened end of the cross stick through one end of the jerky strips. Keep the strips of meat at least 1 inch away from each other. Let the free end of the meat hang down.


Place the cross stick over the fire between the upright forked sticks.


Dry the meat in the sun between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to avoid getting dew on the meat. Remove the cross stick and bring the meat inside overnight if necessary to prevent moisture damage. The next day, place the meat and cross stick back in the sun to continue drying. The jerky will be done after a few days of drying in the sun.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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