keltin, I actually let this dry for closer to 20 hours. I was amazed at how well it actually dried the meat.
trusting Alton, Good Eats, and The Food Network just because they said it is safe is not a good practice. Even on Altons show he has done things that he has said others feel is dangerous (check out the carpaccio ,sp? recipe).
Agreed and good point! Mostly I was thinking Food Network would have done some kind of research to keep the lawyers happy? You'd hope so anyway.
The dehydrator Iíve got is variable and runs from 100 Ė 160. I usually set it to 140 for jerky. I found a site just now where people were discussing the Alton Brown box fan jerky, and they said in the episode (I haven't seen it or I would have tried it by now!) that he air flow alone is enough for drying jerky and dehydrators use low heat to simply speed it up. The pictures of the jerky look exactly like the jerky that comes out of my dehydrator.
Dehydrators (at least mine) also have a good fan in them and have constant moving air (pushes down from top to bottom)....and it smells great when its running. Iím not master on this subject, so Iím very curious about this now. More research for me!