I sun-dried some deer meat over the past couple really hot days. It seemed to work pretty well and I ate some and didnt die but I was wonderin if anyone has some tips or advice.
What I did: I just cut it as thin as possible, with the grain as well as I could. Then I draped the strips over a cord tied across the corner of my fence, up out of the dogs reach. I took it in for the night and refrigerated it, then set it out again the next morning. These two days were sunny and in the upper 80s so by the second evening it was totally dry. Flies were landing on it and a couple yellow jackets came by and nibbled on it a bit.
I started a second batch, doin it the same way as the first except I put these strips in a tamari/water brine before hanging them. Its not as hot out so I think this batch will take a day or so longer.
I donno if I should be worried about the flies or not but I couldnt think of a primitive replacement for cheesecloth, which is what was suggested for keepin them away in a book I have. I just assumed it wasnt that big of a deal.