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Beef Jerky

Postby Y2KNOWAY » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:41 pm

I like it - in small amounts, especially the terriaki beef jerky.

But as I am new at all this, I was wondering if there was a better source for beef jerky than typical grocery stores.

I guess I am looking for the most jerky per $$.

Also, has anyone heard of pounding (cutting/chopping) jerky and then adding it to soups? If meat is scarce I was trying to think of ways to make it stretch. Would it 're-hydrate' like dried fruit does?
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby mmpaints » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:34 pm

Well, from what I've read, native American indians did that, made jerky to preserve their meat and added to their soups etc.

I steer away hard from the store bought anything because the chemicals in it makes me sick. MSG mainly. I make my own jerky all the time, both beef and deer. The important part of it is to make sure all the fat is gone because it goes rancid. The meat doesnt fare too well when that happens.
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby CajunDaddys_girl » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:22 pm

Homemade beef jerky is the best to use, and you know how well the fat is removed which is very important to prevent the meat from going rancid as MM said...
You know what your putting into it, the quality of your chosen meats, how well it has been processed, what spices and such you have used..
We use on traditional cut flank steak for our jerkys... It is great having a husband who who was a specialty cajun butcher for many years, he will clean up the meats so well....

Using Meat jerky is great to have on hand to use as add ons to soups and casseroles.. You can season homemade jerky for specific recipes, seal the amount you need in small mylar bags and tape them to premade made dehyadrated soup mixes...
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby IceFire » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:08 pm

Have to agree with the others...homemade jerky is THE BEST! You can use exactly the herbs, spices, and flavorings that YOU prefer, and in the proportions that taste best to you. For example, the storebought teryaki jerky is usually WAY too strong on the teryaki...when you make your own, you can tone it down to a level that you prefer)

Beef, venison, whatever....there just isn't any comparison.
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Postby CajunDaddys_girl » Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:32 am

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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby TheLight » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:01 pm

Once again, Alto Brown has a great jerky recipe. Haven't made it in ages, but man is it good.
Oh, he also has one heck of a smart way to make it without a traditional dehydrator. He also talks about how to make your own liquid smoke. Here's the episode.

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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby Tinga » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:20 pm

Thanks for that link. I watched that a while ago and was trying to find it for my husband to watch.
I wonder if you would reverse the fan so it blows DOWN, and use a lil bit of dry ice to cool it down??
He did say cold and dry works
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby Y2KNOWAY » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:01 pm

Good info. Thanks guys! 8)
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby paladin » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:09 pm

thank you Light for posting these videos.... I learn soooo much from this BB- I appreciate all the postings and forums....
never thought about re-=hydrating the jerky - might be lots easier to store jerky than to pressure can meats.... :glare:
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:35 pm

TheLight wrote:Once again, Alto Brown has a great jerky recipe. Haven't made it in ages, but man is it good.
Oh, he also has one heck of a smart way to make it without a traditional dehydrator. He also talks about how to make your own liquid smoke. Here's the episode.

He ate the meat RAW! I thought you couldn't eat RAW meat! So, the meat is dehydrated UNCOOKED?? -k
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby ReadyMom » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:43 pm

I just watched this ... household filters and a fan????

:offtopic: (slightly) -- for just a min, please. Oke, he says how warm air 'cooks' food. I've often wondered about that, when using my dehydrator. So ... can you use this method to dehydrate other foods?? Can you imagine how much food you can dehydrate using those filters! Say you're dehydrating a LOT of veggies. Couldn't you use those filters several times to dry peas and then switch to new filters for another veggie? -k
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby TheLight » Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:23 am

ReadyMom wrote:
TheLight wrote:Once again, Alto Brown has a great jerky recipe. Haven't made it in ages, but man is it good.
Oh, he also has one heck of a smart way to make it without a traditional dehydrator. He also talks about how to make your own liquid smoke. Here's the episode.

He ate the meat RAW! I thought you couldn't eat RAW meat! So, the meat is dehydrated UNCOOKED?? -k


Yep. Steak Tartare is one of many dishes where you eat meat raw. In fact, most cured meats designed for long-term storage are uncooked. Even smoking has to be done carefully and at low temperature to avoid cooking the meat. You cook it, you need to refrigerate it. Look at salami, prosciutto, and most other fermented sausages. These use raw meat as well.

ReadyMom wrote:I just watched this ... household filters and a fan????

:offtopic: (slightly) -- for just a min, please. Oke, he says how warm air 'cooks' food. I've often wondered about that, when using my dehydrator. So ... can you use this method to dehydrate other foods?? Can you imagine how much food you can dehydrate using those filters! Say you're dehydrating a LOT of veggies. Couldn't you use those filters several times to dry peas and then switch to new filters for another veggie? -k


This is why I love Alton Brown. He turns on lightbulbs in people's heads. :smartass: Yes, you can use the filter setup to dry out most anything. You can't stack them too high because they slow down airflow. The reason your dehydrator raises the temperature (usually) is so that it can pull more water into the air quicker. Higher temps hold more moisture. Regarding re-using filters, if you've got things like veggies, I see no reason why you couldn't reuse them once they've had a chance to dry out a bit.

Also, you should see his smoker. He made it out of a hot plate, small cast iron skillet, and a cardboard box. The man is a genius.
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Re: Beef Jerky

Postby ReadyMom » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:07 am

Thank you! Well ... this puts a whole new spin on the idea of dehydrating! Volume! :D -k
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