How To Make Your Own Jerky: 3 Ways

By Kali Gray, Dietitian

By Kali Gray, Dietitian

Have you ever wanted to make your own jerky?

I did. But up until 3 weeks ago, making jerky seemed an enigma - a specialty kinda thing. 

But after running our recent Healthy Snacks workshop with Chef Amanda, I’ve learned it’s actually really easy! You simply need:





  • An oven or dehydrator
  • Sharp knife
  • Freeze
  • The ingredients (obviously!)

The process of making jerky is actually very basic. The main thing to know is how to do so safely. 

How Can I Make Jerky Safely?

With Jerky, there are a few Food Safety factors that we must take into consideration. After all, we’re dealing with a raw meat product that will quickly turn nah-stay if we don’t treat it right. 

Food borne pathogens need a moist environment and the right temperature in order to survive. Therefore, all safety precautions are aimed at ensuring we control these two factors. Here’s what you gotta know:

  • It is critical to reach a sufficient temperature in the jerky-making process to kill pathogenic bacteria. (These include nasties such as Salmonella & E.Coli!)
  • Use only lean meat in premium condition. Fat makes jerky spoil faster, so trim as much away as possible. 
  • Slice your pieces of jerky to no thicker than ¼ inch. Freeze your meat first – it will be easier to cut finely!
  • Slice meat with the grain if you want a chewy jerky. 
  • Marinate meat only in the fridge.
  • Separate raw meats (and juices) away from other foods, and store on appropriate drip dray. 
  • Use a dial stem thermometer to check your dehydrator or oven – when it is operating empty. (Seriously, please don’t rely on your oven or dehydrator thermometer reading!)
  • Set dehydrator to max. temp and oven to 70oC. To safely make jerky, your dehydrator or oven MUST be able to maintain temp of 70oC
  • Clean your kitchen, utensils, chopping boards etc with water and a food-safe sanitising solution.  
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap before and after handling raw meat. 
  • Never reuse your marinades – make a fresh batch for each recipe of jerky. 
  • It’s important to heat treat jerky at START of process – not at end of dehydration. Bacteria can become for heat resistant during drying. 
  • Curing salt is another line of defence to protect against bacteria. 

How do I make my jerky chewy or soft?

It’s this easy:

Slicing WITH grain = chewy/tough jerky

Slicing AGAINST grain = less chewy/softer jerky. (It makes the jerky easier to tear apart.)

By working with or against the natural meat fibres, we can easily manipulate the texture of the meat. 

So now that you now the basics…Here’s how to make it!

Recipe: Easy Buffalo Jerky

Note: This is the first time we’ve ever sourced buffalo meat! These buffalos are raised by a lovely local family out at Witta amongst green rolling hills. 


450g topside/round buffalo 

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup soy sauce

1.5 tsp honey

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Few grinds of fresh pepper


Freeze steak until it is hard enough to be sliced into ¼ cm slices.

Slice ACROSS grain for SOFT.

Slice WITH grain for CHEWY.

Place strips of meat into a sealable plaster bag with marinade ingredients. Marinate for minimum six hours. Remove strips from the marinade, pat dry with paper towel before laying on dehydrator racks. 

Dehydrate/oven at 70oC for 6 to 10 hours. 

Allow jerky to cool on paper towel. (This absorbs the fat/moisture.) Place in airtight container. 

Other Jerky Flavour Combo’s

Chinese Marinate

1.8 to 2 kg topside/round

4 cups soy

1 cup brown sugar

4 tbsp garlic minced

4 tbsp minced ginger

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp ground pepper

Sprinkle of sesame seeds

*Harissa Spiced

1.130kg topside/round

2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp chilli powder

1 tbsp smoked paprika

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

½ tsp caraway seeds

¼ tsp cayenne

Toast spices until aromatic. Run over sliced meat. Marinate. 


My personal favourite was the Harissa Spiced marinade. It’s got a little chilli kick and SO much flavour!! 

For questions on the recipes or making Jerky, please don’t hesitate to reach out on Facebook @MalenySupaIGA or email

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Supermarket Tours for Gluten Free & Type 2 Diabetes

Supermarket Tours for Gluten Free & Type 2 Diabetes

MalenyIGA runs regular Supermarket Tours hosted by Instore Dietitian & Nutritionist Kali Gray. Example sessions are Supermarket Tour for Gluten Free and Type 2 Diabetes. These are 100% FREE and include a lovely dish from Chef Amanda. Please email Kali at for more information. 

As always, if you have any questions please reach out as Kali is only too happy to help!  Email Kali at for more information. Or you can chat the good ol' fashioned way on 5494 2257 :)

Yours in health and cooking,
Maleny IGA

Healthy Cakes & Superfood Sweet Treats Workshop!

Healthy Cakes & Superfood Sweet Treats Workshop!

Maleny IGA's chef Amanda and nutritionist Kali both believe  that you CAN have your cake & eat it too! Amanda & Kali love to bake and they will be sharing their greatest insights to creating ‘sweets’ that taste unbelievably good BUT are also deeply nourishing.  

In this 2 hour cooking and wellness workshop you’ll discover:

  • How to use nutrient-dense novel foods, such as green banana flour, quinoa flour, lucuma, maca, mesquite and much more!
  • Tips, tricks and substitutions to make dairy and gluten free baking a breeze (please note that one dish will contain spelt flour)
  • Techniques to assemble your cakes with a chef’s finesse.
  • Nutritional insights about how to be healthy on a dairy and gluten restricted diet

WHERE: The Verandah Room, Maleny Community Centre
WHEN: Thursday 19th January 11am to 1pm
COST: Just $15…The cost of a cuppa and cake!

 For both workshops, you’ll also receive:

  • A complimentary ticket to win our lucky door prize,
  • Our new and improved resource booklets, filled with the recipes, tips and tricks to make healthy cooking hassle-free,
  • A 5% discount (specials excluded) to put towards your grocery shopping on the day!

As always, if you have any Q’s please contact me on or phone (07) 5494 2257 – I’m only to happy to help!

Superfood Salads & Smoothies Workshop

Superfood Salads & Smoothies Workshop

Want to kickstart 2017 with health and vitality? Join our Dietician & Chef as they team up to bring you this workshop to make feelin' goooood so much easier!


A two-hour workshop where you'll enjoy a fusion of the latest nutritional updates and top culinary tricks & discover:

  • 5 key superfoods to eat everyday and how they will help your health to glow,
  • 3 sensatonal smoothie recipes to enjoy all summer long,
  • 3 gorgeous summer salads to mix 'n' match with your favourite meals,
  • Insider chef tricks to transform dull veggies into a vibrant dish,
  • How to make the perfect pulled pork and crispy satay tempeh to accompany your salads.

You'll get the full recipe, nutritional notes and a Q&A with our experts ... And the VERY best bit yet is that you get to taste everything too!


Thursday 12th January. Two sessions available between 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm.


The Verandah Room, Maleny Community Centre


1 ticket for $25 or 2 for $40 (Ticket includes a 5% discount on grocery shopping for the day, plus a complimentary ticket into our lucky door prize).



For more information and queries, please contact Kali via or phone (07) 5494 2257. We can't wait to see you there!

More food events, more workshops and more inspiration

More food events, more workshops and more inspiration

Big plans for the New Year

Boy, Am I excited! For those of you who know me, you get that I'm excited about pretty much anything that involves food, people and nutrition ;) BUT ... We do have huge plans for next year and I think you'll be happy about them too!

Our vision is to bring you more food events, more workshops and more inspiration to make food fun and easy. Here are a few highlights you can expect from early 2017:

Wine Expertise Events

The only thing better than eating good food ... is having a nice glass of somethin' special to enjoy with it! Andrew from the Purple Palate has been a wine judge and an accredited wine & spirits educator for the better part of a decade. You can enjoy his expertise (and fine alcohol) at some of our upcoming events!

Health-Dedicated Events.

I've been so humbled and grateful to receive your requests for events that focus on specific health conditions. Therefore, I'll be offering more FREE supermarket tours. Also high on the agenda is a low FODMAPS workshop, Gut Health High Tea and 'Mini Health Retreat' seminars...Watch this space for more info! (And if there's anything else YOU'd like to see, please let me know! Simply hit REPLY or catch me in store.)

A Cooking Club.

Food is more than culinary pleasure or fuel for your body, it's also about community and being connected. We've also noticed that quite a few of you attend regular events, and would like to find a way to say 'thank you'. Details to come - but this program will be to offer extra support and savings to our loyal community of foodies. 

A Wider Range of Cooking Classes.

We're just awaiting the final seal of confirmation on locations but early next year is jam packed with SO MUCH COOL STUFF! Keep an eye on your inbox for the full low down soon.

Gluten Free Walking Tour

Finally, if you've got family and friends on a gluten free diet, I kindly extend a very warm welcome to my free gluten free walking tour on January 17th. We'll have a yummy gluten free treat from Chef Amanda to enjoy at the end. Full details and bookings here.

I can't wait to cook with you in the New Year! Enjoy a beautiful Christmas with joyful eating,


In-Store dietician Kali Gray loves to help people nourish their eating habits.

In-Store dietician Kali Gray loves to help people nourish their eating habits.

Maleny Supa IGA - Our Incredibly Good Athletes....Noosa Triathlon

We sponsored a team in the Noosa Triathlon last weekend and they did us proud! Scott Lanyon (swim), Jon Presswell (bike) and Elissa Pollock (run) competed as one of the 62 corporate teams and came in a fabulous 20th and of the overall 1000 teams in the comp they placed 235th Awesome results! You can congratulate Scott in store at the Meat servery. Well done to these "Incredibly Good Athletes!"


Win a Chicks in the Sticks Hamper

Win a Chicks in the Sticks Hamper

'Chicks in the Sticks' are raising money for cancer research! Please support their raffle for your chance to win this hamper


Maleny Supa IGA

Congratulations Rod for your Community Service Award! We all appreciate the work you do:)


Breadmaking Made Easy

Great news if you're going to our cheese-making workshops next week - we'll be making this live!

Step #1: Put water in bread machine.
Steps #2 & 3: Add #Laucke Sourdough Bread Mix & Yeast
Step #4: Press 'Cook' and wait for fluffy hot bread!

Aged Beef Demo Now Booking!

How Do You Cook The Perfect Steak?

You start with the best meat on the market!

Our gourmet aged beef has been tenderised for a minimum of 30 days in a 0% humidity, temperature-controlled, Himalayan Salt Cave.

This beautiful product deserves a little extra TLC, so our dietitian and chef are here to give you the inside tricks to make the most of each morsel!

In this upcoming FREE 1 hour demo, you'll discover: The art & science of cooking the perfect aged beef steak, How to create a creamy and super simple polenta mash, A simply divine recipe to create a porcini mushroom red wine jus, Delicious samples of all of the above! WHEN is this event? Tuesday, 18th October, 11am - 12pm WHERE: Maleny IGA, Gourmet Department COST: 100% Free :-)

Our in store events are all about community and celebrating good food. Bring your curiosity, bring your appetite and let's get cooking!


In-store dietician will nourish your eating habits

Are you interested in good food, health and inspirational recipes? Our in-store Dietitian, Kali, has got you covered. With extensive experience working alongside chefs, Kali calls herself a 'Foodie' first and a 'Dietitian' second. While Kali is passionate about eating food that makes you feel good and nourishes your body, her philosophy is all about making food fun and teaching you what you CAN eat! Kali runs regular cooking workshops, supermarket tours and food events in store on Tuesdays. Fill in the form below, follow us on Facebook or contact Kali via to sign up for our Food Event email list.

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Our in-store Dietitian, Kali Gray.

Our in-store Dietitian, Kali Gray.

111 YEARS ON, 'OLD' BUILDING takes a shine to solar

Rob Outridge ... "investing in renewable energy,  continues our dedication to the community values on the Range". 

Rob Outridge ... "investing in renewable energy,  continues our dedication to the community values on the Range". 

Maleny IGA may be the oldest, original commercial premises in Maleny. But that doesn't mean we don't keep up with technology ... particularly when the environment can benefit. Maleny IGA began trading fresh foods with local residents from the 'Universal Providers' Building in 1905. That was before electricity was delivered to Maleny in the once traditional poles and wires method. 101 years later and Maleny IGA recently completed stage 2 of a 3-stage collaborative project with Project Brainstorm. This involved the installation of fifty kilowatts of solar panels onto the retail business's vast roofline. The final stage of this project will be completed after further analysis of the combined performance of the Solar Panels with the Power Factor Correction Unit that was fitted. This analysis, to be taken over the next three months, will ascertain if it will be best to fit an LPG Generation System or another Solar PV system to reduce the peak demand costs. By investing in this Renewable Energy Option, we continue our dedication to the modernisation and transformation of our Heritage-Listed building while satisfying community values on the range. As well as having the oldest, original commercial premises in Maleny, now they can also boast the largest harvest of solar energy on a daily basis on The Blackall Range.


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Maleny IGA’s Sam Outridge and Owen with Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell, centre, and Mark and Toddy from 92.7 MixFM celebrate Maleny IGA’s donation to the Give Me 5 for Kids Cash Clean-up!

Dry-Aged Beef Tips with Caine

Beef is aged in the cabinet at a low temperature for a number of weeks creating a very tender and tasty product.

Beef is aged in the cabinet at a low temperature for a number of weeks creating a very tender and tasty product.

As part of our recent renovations and in a first for the Sunshine Coast, we had our own custom-built Himalayan Salt Dry-Aged Beef cabinet installed.

Beef is aged in the cabinet at a low temperature for a number of weeks creating a very tender and tasty product.

When the dry-aged beef comes out of the cabinet we cut off the outside of the beef and slice into steaks or as per customer orders.

Dry-aged beef should be cooked the same way you would any other steak.

A few tips:

  • Always make sure your pan (cooking surface) is hot (near smoking).
  • Leave your meat out before you cook it so it reaches room temperature.
  • Always leave your meat to rest after cooking.

Spoil your Dad this Fathers Day with a lovely local dry-aged beef steak!

Organic Food Section Doubles

Have you noticed the organic section floor space has doubled?

Organic grocery items previously shelved throughout the store have now returned to the Organic / Health Food section.

This makes it easier for you to find all your organic items in one place. The only exception are the teas, they will be staying where they are.

Bee Man local Honey is now available in bulk sizes up to 3kgs!!

If you are wondering where Crystal Waters Honey has gone don’t panic, it will be back in stock after winter has passed, when more flowers are out.

More great news, we’ve recently taken on a new organic supplier and brought in organic flours and packet ready meals ie risottos etc.

Spring is here and if you are preparing for the beach season with shakes and smoothies check out our expanded range of powders in the Health Food Section.

I’m always on the lookout for the latest must-have organic product.

If you want a particular product ordered don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Universal Providers sign

Street View of Maleny IGA before the latest store front facelift.

Street View of Maleny IGA before the latest store front facelift.

As many of you know this store has been here since 1905 and is the only original business in Maleny, trading out of its original position. It was a general store providing groceries right from the beginning.

It has a long history and as Rob Outridge, owner of Maleny IGA says, “that sense of history is strong with us.”

In an effort to maintain the historical integrity of the front of the building only heritage colours were used in the building repaint after the renovation.

The Universal Providers sign is going back up on the front facade of the building and will be more prominent than it was in the past. You’ll see a much larger, illuminated sign.

All the Maleny Supa IGA signage will move to the front fascia and Universal Providers will dominate the facade.

Now the painting and renovation is complete, by the end of the year Rob  hopes to have all the signage finished.

Maleny IGA Opening Hours and Online Delivery Days

Look up and give Malcolm our Maleny Animal Trail possum a wave

Look up and give Malcolm our Maleny Animal Trail possum a wave

Opening Hours: 6am to 9pm Monday to Sunday

Online Shopping Delivery Days

Monday:  Bald Knob, Balmoral Ridge, Booroobin, Curramore, Maleny, North Maleny, Reesville, Witta, Wootha, Flaxton, Mapleton and Montville.

Wednesday: Bald Knob, Balmoral Ridge, Booroobin, Curramore, Maleny, North Maleny, Reesville, Witta, Wootha.

Bald Knob, Balmoral Ridge, Booroobin, Conondale, Curramore, Elaman Creek, Harpers Creek, Maleny, North Maleny, Reesville, Witta, Wootha.

Maleny Supa IGA 26 Maple Street, Maleny Phone (07) 5494 2257

Ananda Marga River School CBC Story

The Ananda Marga River School recently received $4,716.49 from Maleny IGA CBC Fund.  This money helped fund a large ongoing mural project.

This exciting work celebrates the Ananda Marga River School’s 21st birthday year in a tangible form that can be enjoyed everyday.

Every grade in the school has been involved, with children submitting their suggestions on what they most loved about the school.

From there, a number of ideas were chosen and combined to create a series of very large mosaic panels.

Ananda Marga River School Art Teacher Tracy Lewis and Maleny Mosaic Artist Brett Campbell have worked with the children to create this delightful project.

When completed the panels will be combined to form one large mosaic mural and mounted on the Besser block walls near the tuckshop.

Barung Landcare CBC Story

Barung Landcare recently received $8,936.78 from Maleny IGA CBC Fund.

The money went straight into buying steel and the raw materials needed to build nursery plant tables for their Landsborough Native Plant Wholesale Production Nursery.

Thanks to all the fantastic Barung volunteer labour the money went a long way and has made a big difference.

All the plants are now up off the ground at a much easier height, saving bodies from the constant bending.

Ingeniously the plants slot into the metal mesh gaps in the table and this prevents the plants from blowing over in strong winds

Barung Landcare Nursery sales and enquiries are still handled at Porters Lane, Maleny from Wednesday through to Friday.

The growing and production now happens down in Landsborough & this facility is not open to the public.

Local Product News

  • Maleny Dairies has new product packaging.
  • Bee Man Honey now comes in bulk containers up to 3kg.
  • Maleny Cheese Factory Butter is back in stock.
  • The Pastie Pom Pâtés have new packaging.
  • Kenilworth Cheese new style of Edam.
  • Woombye Cheese Company new local blue cheese “Blackall Blue”