One of our lovely friends from the site gave me some beef jerky at Nina's garden visit a few months ago. Now, I admit that I was a bit fascinated - the home made stuff makes for great flavoured snack, it was apparently pretty cheap to make and it will last for a few weeks in the fridge. She said it was easy, but I'd seen the spice mixes at my local shop and they were a bit expensive. Given everything else I make, it just didn't seem worth the bother.... boy, was I wrong!, although a few things were in my favour:
Here's how it unfolded (with instructions) and turned me into a jerky convert:
I can't imagine how many different marinates I can dream up now. This stuff is good enough to sell. Wow. Dead easy and the only real cost is the meat. I am now a jerky convert. And that, my friends, is why I love this site!
I've never used my dehydrator for meat :/ Is it easy to clean after? Don't want it ruining the machine for the fruit sessions.
You actually make it sound appealing. My son bought me some jerky for my birthday a couple of years back (my kids know I like useful gifts lol) and it was downright awful. I couldn't eat it as too tough and it got thrown or given to the dogs, can't remember.
I let is soak a while but I was surprised at how easy to clean it actually was. Stewart at the Brew shop says you can't compare store bought stuff to it. That's odd because the people that make the shop stuff are meant to be the professionals!
That's great! Sausage making is also on my list. (I think I'll wait until I do the aquaponics set up tho.)
Yum. Do you add anything other than the meat and some spices perhaps?
Sounds yummy, but not gluten free sadly :(
The Coeliac Society have included oats in the "do not eat" list. I'm not game to test the theory due to the pain and ill health if they're right!
Fascinating! Perhaps I should use up my current lot of roasted eggplant like that as it's falling apart in it's olive oil. I don't want it to go to waste.
Grated zuchinni has been used much the same way.