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May 6, 2014 08:44 AM

Dried Beef

Hello everyone;
Just a question. I am traveling to San Diego in 2 weeks and my sister-in-law wants me to bring dried beef as she can't get it out there and her husband loves SOS. Will the packaged in plastic dried beef stay well until I get to CA from PA? I will be traveling the whole day and don't want the dried beef to spoil. Does anyone know and can you help me?
I will be getting the pre-packaged stuff that is already in sealed plastic.

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  1. I think that's the original intent of dried beef was to be able to keep it without refrigeration for periods of time

    (love your dogs!)

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    1. re: cgarner

      Thank you for your reply. I will try definitely package well because I agree with you that I too believe that was the original intent. If I wrap it well I think all will be ok. My pups are rescued Labradoodles. I have had Laverne & Shirley for six years now since their owner passed. Just the most wonderful girls. Have a great day and God bless.

      1. I think you have to read each package that you might buy.
        I buy Esskay chipped beef and it's found in the refrigerated section and says on the package to keep refrigerated.

        What brands can you get and are they kept at room temp when you buy it?

        Also, Amazon carries varieties of chipped dried beef, fyi.

        1. I have never had dried beef and can't add much. I just love the pic of your dogs!

          I had to look up what sos was, haha.

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          1. re: itsmejessica

            This reply made me smile when I said you had to look up the meaning of SOS. I guess I just took it for granted that everyone knew this. Too funny.bGlad you like my girls Laverne &Shirley. I rescued them 6 years ago when their owner. They are Labradoodle sisters that I love so very much.

          2. I thought the jars of chipped/dried/whatever beef were universally available. "Can't get it" in San Diego baffles me; all the mainstream supermarkets in L.A. County have it on a shelf in the canned-meat section. It was a staple of my Illinois childhood, but it was cheap then too. Not any more!!

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Funny this should come up. My husband and I noticed some dried beef recipes in a family cookbook of his (they are midwesterners) and we were both dumbfounded. Dried beef? We'd never heard of it. We're in Seattle. I can't say that it's impossible to find here, but neither of us had ever seen it or even heard of it.

              1. re: christy319

                That is very interesting. Perhaps it is just an Eastern thing.

                1. re: christy319

                  Most supermarkets seem to keep it up on the top shelf with the other "weird" stuff, like canned corned beef, and unless you're a retro-food freak like me you'll probably never look up there.

                  We too were Midwesterners, and creamed dried beef on toast was a frequent supper dish, sometimes made even better with the addition of chopped hard-boiled egg. As I say, it was cheap food then, or else we'd not have had it.