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I want to try making jerky (beef to begin with). Can anyone give me a basic set of intructions to get me started?
There are lots of recipes on
I've not tried them though!
I'm still only a neophyte jerky-maker (if indeed there is such a title :shock: ) - I've been using a food dehydrator - which has been my cue to dry just about anything I can cram into it...
I partially freeze the meat for up to an hour, depending on the size; then slice across the grain into about 5mm thick slices. Sling them in a suitable marinade - current one is soy, Lea & Perrins, pepper, garlic, ginger, anything else that seemed a good idea, a bit of ketchup... Marinade overnight in the fridge, then dry at about 75C for 7-8 hours.
There's a few recipes at http://www.ezidri.co.uk/ (the lot I bought my dryer from).
this uk link may be of interest: http://www.wildwestjerky.co.uk/
ally x :-(
I can heartily recommend the Wild West Jerky, and my local Sainsburys stocks it :shock: (usually by the Beer :wink: ), about £1.99 per 100GM pack.
If you just want Jerky to scoff then I agree that the Wild west stuff is good, our thoughts on it are in the reviews section. I got some good stuff from Costco the other day as well
Ian "max" Maxwell
It is possible to make excellent biltong which I think is better than jerky.
Start with a low fat cut of meat and soak in vinegar overnight.
In the vinegar disolve lots of salt, coriander and pepper.
After you have soaked it wring the meat out and hang out to dry in a dry and well aired position. Dont put it in the oven or above a radiator as the fat will go into solution and give a greasy feel.
Leave a for a few days or even weeks until you are happy with it being dry.
By the way you do this at your own risk.. sorry I cant take responsibilty for any food poisoning etc.