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Posted: 5/11/2002 6:10:01 PM EDT
I am planning on purchasing a dehydrator and making my own Jerky. Does anyone have any good suggestions where to start? I need to buy everything, and learn it all. There any good web sites for this that you know of? Anyone know of a good cheap dehydrator?


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Link Posted: 5/11/2002 6:22:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/11/2002 6:22:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/11/2002 6:23:13 PM EDT
I bought the cheapest one I could find at walmart and some flank steak, cut it to the right size, soaked it in my marinade overnight and cooked it 6-8 hours and man is it good.  People bring me meat at work so I can make them some jerky. DOnt ask whats in my marinade because its different each time I just dump what I have in the fridge. usually some dale's steak sauce marinade as a base. For spicy I jsut use Lousianna hot sauce.
Link Posted: 5/11/2002 6:34:53 PM EDT
Excellent! Thats kind of what I was seeing on the net, but wanted to confirm it with someone who has made some. Appreciate the input as always guys!

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Link Posted: 5/11/2002 6:38:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/11/2002 7:17:18 PM EDT
You might also think about using a Little Cheif electric smoker, they work great!
Link Posted: 5/11/2002 9:12:14 PM EDT
Got the dehydrator and some stuff tonight. I'll take pics and post the process and results (that is if its not deemed not relevent and deleted [;)]

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Link Posted: 5/11/2002 9:52:33 PM EDT
First I would ask where do you live,If in the country you can get an old refig and open the back up with(heres the fun) gun of your choice.

Just enough to get the smoke from your pecan,appricot,or hickory wood burning smoke to exhaust from near the top of the fridg.

use the trays from the frig to put your jerky on,light a small fire with the chips in the bottom of the fridg in a pan of your choice.

then just shut the door works good for smoking and jerky.

 Bob      [8D]
Link Posted: 5/11/2002 10:04:12 PM EDT
Just go down to the store and get any dehydrator just don't get the RONCO one!!!!
Link Posted: 5/12/2002 3:06:34 AM EDT
also use the cheapest meat u can find
its just going to get dried out anyway.
Link Posted: 5/12/2002 3:53:48 AM EDT
If you're into deer meat I'd suggest using some venison.  Keep it natural and add a touch of seasoning.  Sometimes I'll sprinkle some salt, or Mrs. Dash, or some Montreal Steak Seasoning.

Deer makes great jerky, practically disintegrates in your mouth.

Link Posted: 5/12/2002 4:18:28 AM EDT
Not all meat is good for jerky. The big meaty part of the brisket comes out pretty good, but the long flat part is stringy and comes out tough.  I have thought about trying to marinate the tougher parts for a long time to tenderize them, but haven't yet.

For meat, I use a big sirloin tip roast.  I marinate my jerky strips for about 30 minutes in teriyaki and sprinkle on a few red pepper flakes after arranging the strips on the trays.
Link Posted: 5/12/2002 4:26:37 AM EDT
the tough stringy part makes good dog treats
Link Posted: 5/12/2002 4:32:45 AM EDT
the tough stringy part makes good dog treats
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Haha, that is what I used it for [:)]
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