Sunday, January 29, 2012

Beef jerky

Rod's cousin told me she makes her own beef jerky, i thought that was a clever thing to do since we have a lot of beef right now from a family cow. After a month of searching for my dehydrater, i decided to give it a whirl. (found in the basement closet with sporting goods?!?) It's rather easy and tastes good too! I would take a salty snack over a sweet snack any day, so jerky is perfect for me. This can be done in the oven too, but i'm not sure what that process looks like.

1.5 - 2 lbs. flank steak ? (i just used whatever we have, chuck roast maybe)

2/3 c. worcestershire sauce

2/3 c. soy sauce

1 T honey

2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. liquid smoke

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

MIX in a gallon sized zip lock bag.

(it's a little spicy, you could probably omit the red pepper).

I thawed our roast for a few hours and thinly sliced into long strips (i cut as thin as i possibly could). You want the meat to be slightly frozen so you can cut it easier.

Place stips of meat into the marinade and place in fridge for 3-6 hours

Then remove the meat from the brine and pat dry. Evenly distribute the strips onto the dehydrator trays. Top with 1 empty filter. Dry the meat for 8-12 hours. (mine took 10 hours). Once it's dry, you can store in a cool dry place for 2-3 months.

Your jaw will get a nice workout!

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