How do Slim Jims stay edible for so long, unrefrigerated?

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How do Slim Jims stay edible for so long, unrefrigerated?

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ConAgra Foods, the maker of Slim Jims, processes this iconic meat stick in a similar way to classic dried sausages, like pepperoni and hard salami. The Slim Jims are cured, thoroughly cooked and dried. And while it may sometimes appear as though the sticks have been out on the convenience store counter forever, a Slim Jim has an eight-month shelf life. wdaley@tribune.