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The Dehydrator Method

A dehydrator simply takes the moisture out of a product. You can dehydrate fruits, vegetables and meats with great results. This web site will only cover the making of Beef Jerky for now.


  I have the Nesco/American Harvest Food Deydrator and Jerky Maker and it has been put to good use! When I was first making Jerky in the oven, I thought, 'This isn't so bad.' but after getting the dehydrator, I can't imagine ever using the oven method again! The dehydrator is so easy to use and clean up.


After following the steps in Getting Started, load each tray and try not to have the meat touching, and create patterns that allow air to flow through the tray.


The smaller pieces will dry anywhere from 2-3 hours. Larger pieces may take up to 5 hours. Drying times vary due to dehydrator motor differences and size of meat strips. Typically in a dehydrator there is no need to rotate or move the trays, but you can if you need an excuse to sneak a piece. (NOTE: You should never eat raw beef!)

The images below illustrate how jerky that is 'DONE' should look:


NOT Done

Not Done.
The meat does not 'crack' and is still moist.

  done

Done.
See how the meat is dry and stringy?



You can pick up a dehydrator for around $30-$40 at Nesco/American Harvest (1-800-288-4545) or most any Target, Walmart or similar store. Features vary. But they all work. Buy a set of extra trays if they offer them.


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