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TALKN BOUT SOME BEEF by RedXen TALKN BOUT SOME BEEF by RedXen
First batch of some jerky with my new dehydrator.

Stereoscopic - you know what to do.
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this achievable without a dehydrator? Which cut of meat is best for this?
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RedXen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That link is what I used. You can use your oven, but you have to keep it on it's lowest setting (150 degrees F) and open so you don't actually cook the meat. You just want to dry it out. Cuts of meat need to have as little fat on them as possible - Fat goes rancid and you don't want that, even after it dries. The less fat there is, the longer it will keep.

As for flavor, I didn't follow the recipe in the link. I just picked up some BBQ sauce and through the strips of meat into a bag with the sauce and put it in the fridge for 24 hours.

Total cost to make 2 lbs. of Jerky - roughly $7~8. That's fairly cheap compared to the $5~7 bags you can buy that typically only have 5 or six strips. In the picture above, that's about 1 lb of beef.

SAVINGS MAN THE SAVINGS
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Around these parts it's even more expensive, and not worth the money for what you get at all. I'm dying to make my own but I think I'm going to go with just salt and black peppercorns and see how it comes out... Thanks for the info!
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RedXen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah man - one tip I came across is you don't need any salt for the process. The hot dry air will do the work for you. I believe salt used to be used heavily in the absence of a dry heat source.

All it's going to do is add more sodium in an already sodium heavy average diet.
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I know it isn't necessary, but I love the taste of salt and pepper :P
I eat very little fast food, I make most of my food at home, so for a more delicious (maybe) snack, it can be worth it ;)
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RedXen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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