Posted 08 July 2011 - 05:43 PM
*A few pounds of raw meat will yield just under a pound of jerky, a pound of homemade jerky won't last very long.
*Cut one inch slices (or have the meat cutter make some steaks for you) and freeze.
*Once frozen, cut steaks into (I like to have to work to bite through my jerky) not more than a 1/4 inch thick strips.
*Marinade with 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup of Worcestershire, 3/4 cup of soy sauce, splash of hot pepper sauce (optional), teaspoon of granulated garlic (optional but, recommended), 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional but, recommended).
*The marinade should completely cover your meat, let this for a day or at least overnight.
*Drying with a professional food dehydrator will take 2 hours at around 120
*Using a home model dehydrator, follow the manufacturers recommendations.
*Using an oven will take 8 hours at the lowest setting with the door propped open with a towel or something, this will also make your whole house smell like meat for a while (which really isn't that bad of a thing).
*Lay marinated meat on a wire rack (consider using a drip pan to save time on clean up), it's ok to have the meat touching but you don't want any of it to overlap.
Enjoy and save a crapload of cash. After a couple of batches, you should be able to tweak the recipe to your liking.
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