I am so excited, we now have a dehydrator. Our great little yard sale find for $2.00 brand new in the box. (See here about yard sales).
My first tester item was Beef Jerky, I chose this because I have a house full of people that love beef jerky so I knew I had to try my hand at it. It was so yummy.
I did not venture and try this without a recipe or to even come up with my own sauce, my handy dehydrator came with a booklet that included some recipes and beef jerky was in there so I followed it…..for the most part. I say that because sometimes you just run out of stuff and you have to use what you have.
The recipe in the book called for the following:
Round or Flank Steak (very lean) 4 T Soy Sauce (I only had maybe 2 so that is what I used) 4 T Worcestershire (I used extra to compensate for less Soy sauce) 1 T Ketchup 1/4 t Pepper 1/4 t Garlic Powder 1/4 t Onion Salt 1/2 t Salt
Marinate 1 to 2 hours. It says to dehydrate on 145 for 8 to 10, but honestly 8 was even too long. The tasters opinion is that about the 6 1/2 mark it was good (this was from a few of the men in my house and one of their friends and I would say they were all in agreement about that so truly you just have to start tasting it around that 6 hour mark or as you see it getting a pretty good dry look to it.
This is a must do if you love Beef Jerky, no gross stuff, just fresh beef and whole organic ingredients.
Today I am going to try using a turkey jerky.
Cut of beef I used
Thinly slice beef
Beef near the beginning of dehydrating process
The end of the dehydration process
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