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[Natural Cure Alternatves] Healthy Jerky
June 19, 2013

Healthy Jerky

My family really loves beef jerky. However, I don't like to buy it at the store for two reasons, it's expensive and it contains harmful nitrates. We were visiting our relatives and they had some homemade turkey jerky ~~ was it ever good, so I commandeered the recipe.

Now, the sister-in-law's sister, Lori, who gave it to me was saying how difficult it was to make as you had to watch the dehydrator all day, check and change the trays and as she coined it "a labor of love". Well it is a bit of work no doubt but since I use the 9 tray Excalibur Dehydrator that has a meat/jerky temperature setting, I only need to check it in 5-6 hours and it is done, no changing trays or watching closely all day.

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I did adjust the recipe slightly with some healthier ingredients. You also might make 1/2 the recipe the first time. Here it is:
6 pounds ground turkey
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons Adolf's Tenderizer (no MSG)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
2 tablespoons water
4-1/2 Tablespoons Liquid Smoke (I don't usually use this much it is not the best ingredient to use but still adds flavor).

Mix all the ingredients VERY WELL, and let sit out for a half an hour to blend flavors.

Use rectangular plastic containers (like Ziploc or Glad) that are about 4 x 6 inches. Pat the meat into the containers about 1-12 inches deep. Freeze the containers overnight.

In the morning take the containers out of the freezer and let sit for a few minutes to warm up enough to pull out of the containers and slice. Using an electric slicer, slice into about 1/4 inch pieces. Pack tightly onto dehydrating trays, without overlapping. Dehydrate until done.

You have to make sure the meat is cooked through. The color will change when ready but if when you touch it you can snap it in half.....probably too long. You will have to play with this but with the Excalibur about 5-6 hours.

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If you are using other dehydrators, you will want to rotate the trays after a couple of hours of drying to keep it cooking evenly. Doing it this way will take anywhere from 6-11 hours to finish.

Other fun stuff we use our Excalibur for: strawberries, tomatoes, mushrooms, mangos, apples, and more. Great healthy snacks for people on the go.

All the Best,

Terri D

Your Wellness Coach

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