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Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:53:35 am »

Hi,

I have been thinking of making some beef jerky and drying out fruit etc for a while, you can buy a food dehydrator pretty cheap on ebay (about $40) and there are a large number of ideas/recipes on the net for making some nice sounding snacks, especially jerky that can be stored for a good amount of time.

It is probably a good skill to have as well anyway, does anyone have any experience with food dehydrators and the process that they can share?

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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2013, 10:56:27 am »

Jast last night I started this topic:

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I know I must sound like a scratched record by saying this again and again and again, but don't make jerky at the high temperature on a dehydrator. You want to dry it, not cook it.
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2013, 11:09:11 am »

612surv - I bought my Dehydrator from HomeArt (new name for the old CopperArt) for either $29.95 or $39.95 can't remember which. 
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2013, 11:18:41 am »

Hi 612surv. I've been dehtdrating fruit about 5 mths. Bought a 5 tray dehydrator off ebay for $32. delivered. Very happy with it.

I use Granny Smith apples ( they are the sweetest I find, or any other green apple as I find them sweeter than most red apples ). I cut apple in half, and cut into thin slices. With the dehydrator up fairly high, rotate the trays every 2 hrs or so. Usually takes 6-8 hrs.  I store in zip lock bags, squeeze out most of the air. I need some of those oxygen absorbers.

I'va also done pears ( nice ), strawberrys ( need baking paper to stop them sticking to the tray - only problem is they get eaten before I get to put them in bads ), apricots and peaches ( found these the hardest to slice thinly, and with the centre pips ).

I'm trying jerky next week - very similar recipe to Mr Pete's.
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2013, 11:55:18 am »

Got a link to the one you bought, Jay?
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2013, 12:19:02 pm »

for after you dehydrated

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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2013, 01:34:25 pm »

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this is the one I got, but price has significantly risen since Feb.

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This one is exactly the same as mine, similar price.
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2013, 10:09:53 pm »

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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 06:47:15 pm »

You can use the below recipes to make Jerky, I like my jerky very dry I hate when you make it and it tastes all soft in the middle.

here are a few recipes types and tricks:

Soak beef strips in salted water, with garlic and pepper.

Lemon juice, salt, pepper.

Smoky BBQ sauce, garlic and pepper.

Soy sauce, garlic, honey and salt.

tomato sauce, bbq sauce and garlic.

sweet chili sauce, honey and salt

pepper, rosemary, basil, salt and garlic

Then dry it. Place either a piece of chalk taped to the lid or and ozone eater in the bottom of a glass jar. This will help keep the meat dry and prevent early spoilage.

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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2013, 07:18:16 pm »

Thanks greywolf for the recipes - gunna try a few next week.
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2013, 02:19:17 pm »

These are all beef right Greywolf?  Will give them a go.  I'm more likely to use Soy Sauce than bother with trying to dissolve salt.  Not one for real salty stuff anyway.

Sweet Chili Sauce, Soy Sauce, Honey, Garlic and Ginger make a fabulous marinade for chicken.  Just marinade for cooking though - not for making jerky out of chicken (which I nearly done till somebody here reminded me that was not a good idea).
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2013, 06:39:45 pm »

Make sure you use a really lean meat and cut all the fat and gristle off. Also I find it really handy to semi freeze it, makes for cutting the strips evenly and super easy.  ;)
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2018, 06:20:27 pm »

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Make sure you use a really lean meat and cut all the fat and gristle off. Also I find it really handy to semi freeze it, makes for cutting the strips evenly and super easy.  ;)

+1 on this - jerky goes rancid super quick if you don't use lean cuts.

I was originally looking at the Excalibur dehydrators but they were a bit out of my price range. I've been doing beef jerky in a cheaper one from You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login and pretty happy with the results - keen to try some dehydrated meals next.
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2018, 07:04:03 am »

Sometimes buying the ready made jerky seems to be better and easier
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Re: Food dehydrators - drying fruit and making jerky
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2018, 09:42:14 am »

I have 2 dehydrators, both Sunbeam. An old round one only has 4 trays and done a LOT of work and still going strong. My new big one I haven't taken out of the box yet. I love beef and venison jerky.

For a start it MUST be lean meat, no fat or it goes off quickly. Also it must be almost totally moisture free or it wont last long. I cut into thin strips and marinade for a few days in the fridge. My marinade is made from pretty much all the sauces and spices in the cupboard! Garlic salt, mustard, tomato sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ marinade, fish and oyster sauce - there really is no limit. Stay away from fats and oils. I have mates over to watch big footy games and will do a kilo or two and there is never any left by the end of the night.

If I want to keep it for any length of time (rare, it isn't around long enough to worry about long term storage) I vacuum seal it in a Dometic sealer. I like the Dometic (same people who make Waeco 12 volt car fridges) as it will run on a cigarette lighter socket as well as 240 volts.

Havent done fruit or veggies yet but no doubt I will.
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