I am making deer jerky for the first time. I have a convection oven is there any tricks that I should be aware
I have the oven drying racks from Cabela's so they are evenly spaced and have adequet space.
After the deer meat is marinated, cured and seasoned, place it in the dehydrator or oven to dry. The ideal temperature for drying jerky is between 140 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit. If the drying temperature is below 140, the jerky can spoil. Too high, and the venison can become hard and brittle.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends that all jerky meat be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (red meat) or 165 degrees (poultry) before the dehydrating process begins. This ensures that all bacteria is killed and the end product will be safe for everyone.
It could take anywhere from four to eight hours, or more for the jerky to be dried perfectly. There are too many variables to be able to give an exact time. The type of dehydrator, the model, the temperature of the dehydrator, oven or smoker, and the thickness of the meat all will affect the dehydration time.
Sliced jerky is done when the strips are still flexible, and when bent, the meat fibers at the edges break, but the piece doesn't break in two.
Ground meat jerky is done when the strips have shrunk by one-quarter to one-third less than their original size, and have become very firm. Don't let them dry to the point of being brittle.
Do you have one of those presses or shooters that you make the jerky with? My coworker brought some in thsi AM and it was awesome but he used one of those shooters and a dehyration rack. I have made it in a regular over and it takes hours at a low temp.
yes, if you put the deer jerkey in for more then 90 seconds itl blow up
Soak the meat in cold salt water for a few minutes before you bake it. Make sure your slices are cut as even as you can make them; if its uneven then you overdry a lot of meat in order to finish the thicker parts. Spice and season well. Don't place meat on trays, must be up on racks or hung to dry evenly.
And finally, if the jerky is really good, then hide before the in-laws come over; you know they's eat it all just to spite you and then tell you how much better you shoud've made it. I hate that!
ya the dripping are going to make a mress if you dont cover they bottom of the oven with alm.foil
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