Beef Jerky

Discussion in 'Meat and Poultry' started by sidevalve, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. sidevalve

    sidevalve Senior Member

    Durham NE. England
    Anybody got any recipes for beef jerky out there - NOT using a dehydrator/dryer [if we have to buy one of those we might as well just buy the jerky]. Have seen a few recipes on the net involving drying in the oven so planning to give it a try.
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I can't help but maybe @CraigC would know. I think it can be air dried.
  3. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    SE Florida
    I've never made jerky or carne seca. I can look in our charcuterie book and see what is recommended.
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  4. buckytom

    buckytom Über Member

    Air drying is very difficult, unless you're in a sunny, hot, dry climate. You run the risk of spoilage.

    You can use an oven at a very low setting. I'm not sure if a lot of ovens can get down to around or below 93°C.

    I have an Excalibur dehydrator that works well, and is large enough to make a decent batch so the effort isn't annoyingly piecemeal.

    Basic recipes are usually salty, and also semi-sweet. Both sugar and salt are preservatives.

    I've used soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and just a salty brine as a base.

    I'll see if I can find my recipes in a bit.
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