If Someone Uses It, It Can Stay


I was in a totally random situation having a totally random conversation with a totally random person I’ve met probably three times in my entire life.

That person randomly started talking about stuff he can’t believe someone would ever purchase. Something totally and completely useless and destined to turn into clutter.

His very best example?

A jerky gun.

Yeah. We totally have a jerky gun in our cabinet.

He couldn’t imagine why anyone would ever need one. But we need one. My husband uses it . . . to make jerky.

You pack it with ground meat and squeeze that meat out in flat, jerky-ish strips. Then you jerkify those strips until they’re jerky.

My husband loves that thing. We have had it for years, and he has used it so so many times. My kids love his jerky, and no matter how much he makes, it’s gone within days.

And y’all, have you priced jerky in the stores? That stuff ain’t cheap.

(Please note that I normally avoid using non-words like “ain’t,” but when talking about jerky and jerky guns, it feels right.)

So my point? Clutter is personal. If we use it consistently, even if not daily, it’s not clutter. If it’s a cool idea but we’ll never use it, it’s clutter.


Jerky-related affiliate links:

The jerky gun we have is out of stock on Amazon, when sold alone. But here it is with seasonings and a dehydrator.  Proof that jerky is expensive (or a convenient link for those who’ve realized they will never make jerky but want to put in a stocking as a non-clutter stuffer). 




--Nony get-how-to-manage-your-home-without-losing-your-mind-wherever-books-are-sold


  1. 1

    IT’S LIKE A COOKIE PRESS BUT FOR JERKY. That is amazing that a thing like that exists!! Can I come over for jerky?

  2. 2

    It is a cookie press. Cookie presses can also be used for making jerky. Jerky presses can be used to make cookies. Spritz cookies shaped like Christmas Trees and wreaths and camels. You can also make sausages. You can also make cheese straws, and probably other stuff.
    Anything made with a cookie press tends to disappear pretty fast.
    When my arthritis started interfering I got an electric press.

  3. 3

    And now you post his recipe for jerky…….. Inquiring minds want to know.

  4. 4

    This totally applies to my sister and my gifts to one another. She gets me stamps (totally clutter in her house, used in mine), I get her running and biking gear (totally clutter in my house!)
    It works!

  5. 5

    FYI–it is now in stock without the dehydrator.

  6. 6

    A jerky press? Never heard of such a thing! lol
    I wrote about you again! Oh Nony, how do I love thee, let me count the ways!

  7. 7

    Jerky is expensive, but so is meat. Do you find it’s actually a huge savings? I forget the ratio but it takes a number of ounces of raw meat to make one ounce of jerky…

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