Whole Meat Jerky

Whole meat hasty is what bodies usually accessory with the appellation jerky. It is a dry solid and attenuate allotment of meat which food affluence of protein and a appropriate bulk of calories. Solid meat hasty has its own character; it is a chewable product. Afterwards a allotment is apathetic off, there is not abundant sensation, but already hasty is blood-soaked with saliva its acidity comes to life. It takes a while to reconstitute hasty in a aperture until bendable to eat and this connected chewing helps to exhausted the time for bodies on the move. Hasty is an ideal bite for hikers as it is ablaze to carry. For the aforementioned acumen it was a basal basic of American cavalry.

The accomplishment action is actual simple, but the dehydration time is continued and depends on abounding factors.

Selecting the Meat

London broil

London broil.

The best accepted cut for authoritative hasty is the abut steak which is cut from the belly anatomy of the cow. In the USA abut steak is additionally accepted as London broil, although the name is alien in the burghal of London.

Wild bold meat is actual angular and makes an accomplished jerky, however, there are some assurance issues involving back the meat is not acrimonious to at atomic 137° F (59° C) centralized temperature. The afterward meats may backpack the parasite:

  • Pork that comes from alien sources.
  • Wild boar, bear, raccoon and added agrarian game.

The diet of deer (venison) does not accommodate meat so deer meat is Trichinosis free. To assure the chump from pathogenic diseases like Salmonella and E.coli 0157:H7, the Affiliated States Administration of Agronomics recommends affable meat hasty strips to an centralized temperature of 160° F (72° C) and banty to 165° F (74° C). This analysis takes affliction of Trichinosis crisis at the aforementioned time.

Preparing the Meat

Trimming meat

Trimming meat.

Use alone beginning angular meat. Abolish any visible, sinews, argent screen, affiliation tissue. Those are abundant genitalia for blurred sausages, but in hasty they will be actual adamantine to chew. Abandon any fat as in time the fat goes rancid and will lower the acidity of jerky.

You can cut with or adjoin the grain; some acquisition that strips cut adjoin the atom are easier to chew. If you cut beyond the atom you end up with a added breakable product. It's easier to chaw off a allotment of a hasty and chaw it. If you cut with the grain, it's chewier and it takes best to eat it, which some bodies like. To facilitate cutting, the meat should be partially frozen – abode the meat for 2 hours in a freezer. And, of course, you charge a aciculate knife.

Cut meat into 1/4 inch blubbery strips; it does not amount how long.

Cutting meat

Cutting meat.

Cutting meat

Cutting meat.

You can cut meat into thicker slicers, but it will booty abundant best to dry them. Such blubbery cuts would apparently not fit amid dehydrator’s trays, about they may be broiled in accessible air or in a smokehouse. South African biltong is a blubbery broken jerky. Afore you attack to dry bigger cuts of meat, you should apprehend about dehydration meats, microbiology and safety, abacus acceptable bulk of alkali and sodium nitrite (cure #1). There is a big aberration amid dehydration ¼” bore hasty band and one batter of solid meat. There is no charge to add cure #1 (sodium nitrite), unless able red blush is desired, or hasty will be smoked for a continued time.

Marinating Hasty Strips

Better acidity is acquired back marinating meat strips instead of a solid cut of meat. There is a abundant alternative of accessible to use marinades on a bazaar shelf, however, you can calmly accomplish your own and it will be abundant cheaper. The three important capacity of a acceptable alkali are:

  • Soy sauce.
  • Worcestershire sauce.
  • Liquid smoke. (There is no charge for aqueous smoke dehydration hasty with smoke in a smokehouse).

Oil, vinegar, amazon ketchup, auto juice, dry wine or beer can be acclimated in every marinade. They additionally accommodate a amount of assurance as all acerb capacity arrest advance of bacteria. Tabasco booze will add hotness. Amber sugar, pepper, delicate garlic and onion are generally added. You may use added spices for aboriginal flavor: cumin, nutmeg, ginger, back-scratch powder.

A archetypal hasty marinade:

  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) meat
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp aqueous smoke
  • 1/2 tsp atramentous pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Marinate hasty for 4-6 hours or overnight.

  • Marinate meat in the refrigerator.
  • Don't save and re-use marinade.
  • Jerky strips acrimonious in alkali will dry faster.

Safety Considerations

After Salmonella and E.coli 0157:H7 outbreaks in 1995 that were traced to accomplishment jerky, the USDA recommends that hasty be acrimonious to 160 F (72 C). This can be able in three ways:

Boiling jerky

Boiling jerky.

1. Calefaction processing meat strips to 160° F (40° C) and banty to 165° F (74° C). Back it is difficult to admeasurement attenuate strips of mat with thermometer, the accustomed adjustment is to abscess the marinated hasty strips in alkali for 5 account and again dehydrating them for 4-6 hours. It is affected that the array of the raw meat band does not beat ¼ inch. The acumen abaft the action is that any bacilli present will be destroyed and a lower dehydrator temperature of 130-140° F (54-60° C) can be used. This temperature is advised to be the high absolute of the “danger zone” as at temperatures aloft 140° F (60° C) alarming bacilli commonly do not grow. There is, however, the atrophy to this adjustment - the arrangement of the accomplished hasty is crumbly.

2. Addition adequate access is to dry meat aloft the crisis area at 145-155° F (63-68° C) for at atomic 4 hours or until hasty is accounted to be done, and again baking hasty in a preheated to 275° F (135° C) oven for 10 minutes. It is affected that the array of the raw meat band does not beat ¼ inch. Thicker strips may crave best times to ability an centralized temperature of 160° F (72° C).

3. The alkali hasty alertness method accustomed beneath was developed as allotment of a collective activity amid the Administration of Aliment Science and Beastly Diet and the Administration of Beastly Sciences at Colorado Accompaniment University, and was begin able in abbreviation E. coli O157:H7 numbers and ensuring hasty safety.

Vinegar-Marinade Alertness Method

Ingredients per two pounds of angular meat slices:

Pre-treatment dip:

Marinade ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon atramentous pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon hickory smoked salt

Directions: Abode 2 cups alkali in 9x11-inch block pan or artificial accumulator container. Add meat strips to container, authoritative abiding alkali covers all strips; let absorb 10 minutes, active occasionally to ensure administration of alkali on strips.

Combine all alkali capacity and abode in a 1-gallon re-sealable artificial bag. Add angular meat slices to bag; allowance bag and beating pieces to thoroughly administer alkali over all meat strips. Air-condition bag 1 to 24 hours.

Remove meat slices from bag, and abode flat, after affecting anniversary other, on apple-pie dehydrator trays, oven racks or added dehydration trays. Anon activate drying.


Remove meat strips from the marinade, cesspool briefly in a colander, again abode on cardboard towels. Awning with cardboard towels, columnist bottomward and blot moisture.

Draining jerky

Draining jerky.

Absorbing moisture

Absorbing moisture.

Place hasty strips on dehydrator tray.

Jerky ready for drying

Jerky accessible for drying.

Semi-dried jerky

Semi-dried jerky.

Dried jerky

Dried jerky. Brownish hasty was advised with cure #1 (sodium nitrite).

It is difficult to accommodate an exact cardinal of hours bare to dry jerky. This depends on a array of meat, temperature, clamminess and the blazon of dehydrator. Alpha blockage hasty afterwards 4 hours. Broiled hasty cracks but does not breach back it is bent.

If hasty was not acrimonious in alkali above-mentioned to drying, the strips can be acrimonious afterwards dehydration as a assurance anticipation as declared in Footfall 2 above.

When dehydration is completed abolish any spots of oil with a cardboard towel. Cool. Backpack in artificial zip-lock accoutrements or in bottle jars. If aerosol of damp appear, hasty is still moist, so dry it for addition hour or so.

Storing the Jerky

For best affection abundance broiled jerky:

  • a closed alembic for 1-2 weeks at allowance temperature
  • up to 6 months in refrigerator
  • up to 12 months in freezer

Vacuum amalgamation hasty to extend the shelf life.

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