This summer I'll be hiking for about 12 weeks, and need to ship some food ahead for me to pick up. I will still need to carry up to 3 weeks worth of food at the time, so I'm doing my best to find low weight/high in energy foods. Right now I'm adding sunflower-seeeds (up to 700 cal/100grams) to my oatmeal to increase energy content.
But my question is this: if I make jerky (beef and turkey) myself, how long will it stay good? I plan on using a mix of the various recepies found on the net, preferably the ones without sodium nitrite. I have a medical condition that requires me to eat more salt than what is recomended for others, so I figured I would use salt as a sort of cure. After dehydrating I will place the jerky in ZipLock bags, put them in my freezer until it's time to ship the food ahead. I need to ship the food before I leave, so the jerky will need to stay good for 12 or so weeks in room temps. Is this possible?
I'm located in Norway, and even the thought of buying prefabricated jerky scares my wallet half to death; try 90-110 dollars per kilo!!! There really isn't any tradition for making jerky here, only cured hams and legs of lamb -that BTW tastes really good. The only jerky I've found so far is either imported from the US, or made by some really small company that tries to market jerky as an excotic snack. There's also a lot of dried fish to be found, but I prefer the fresh trout I'll hopefully catch!