Dehydrated apple chips are an excellent portable snack.
Gala apples work very well – not too tart or too sweet.
Our new grass-fed beef bundle included a flank steak, which I thought might work well for jerky. Using what I learned from my first go at it, I made some modifications – and it turned out FANTASTIC this time!
I partially thawed the flank steak and sliced it thinly against the grain while still frosty. Then mixed the marinade based on a recipe from Eat Like a Dinosaur and modified it to my own taste; soaked the meat overnight in the fridge, turning it over in the pan a couple times; and salted the meat generously before arranging it in the dehydrator.
Drying took about 3 – 3 1/2 hours to complete. The result was very tender, tasty, gluten-free, nightshade-free jerky! I ate a whole tray all by myself – it was so good!
The marinade recipe, approximated:
*nom nom nom* 😀 It’s a HUGE hit in our house!
Do you have a source of quality grass-fed beef? I highly recommend it, both for its taste and nutrition. Find a provider near you with the Eat Wild website. It is usually more cost-effective to buy in bulk than by the package at your regular co-op or grocery store.
We are down to 2 lbs of hamburger, 2 roasts and 2 filets, so I’m off to Edina to pick up another 1/8 cow from the Grassfed Cattle Company. This portion of beef usually lasts our family of three about 3-4 months.
I recently tried my hand at homemade beef jerky, using an Inside Skirt cut, with the recipe on p.45 of the eBook, Eating Out and Traveling on the Paleo Diet. I added some gluten-free Worstershire sauce (since I had it in the fridge) which added a bit of teriyaki-like tang to the final product.
It turned out OK. I would like it saltier and more savory, but it worked. Very chewy.
I will have to adjust the marinade next time. Being gluten-free is a bit more challenging than just buying a seasoning packet! I cannot eat nightshades due to my autoimmunity issues, so I have a terrible time finding dried meats I can eat as virtually all of them contain red pepper or paprika.
I was able to fit 3 lbs of meat into this standard Nesco Dehydrator. I was worried about sticking and clean-up, but it was not an issue. The finished jerky released easily and the trays are dishwasher safe. I plan to do it again soon with different cuts of beef.
*nom nom nom* 😀