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Old 10-05-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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Jerky problem

I was going to ask for help from 'jerky people' = 'people who know jerky', but, wasn't sure anyone would think that was funny. I personally think it is funny, because you are all so nice.

Well, I blew it, I overdried my jerky last night--it's crisp. Are there methods you think that might help in partially RE-hydrating it so it's a little tender?

It is venison jerky, marinated for a few hours, then dried in a dehydrator - convection oven, at about 140 degrees F overnight. I usually pay good attention and it doesn't over-dry during the night. Usually I just start the dehydrate cycle up again in the morning because it is not dry enough in just one night.

Ideas? Thank you in advance!
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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I just read about spritzing with water and covering with wrap until the water absorbs. I don't know if it really works.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:12 AM   #3
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Fiona, I'm thinking the same thing. I put it in a zip lock bag w/water--now I'm overthinking that it might be at the wrong temperature for spoilage to occur. I wonder if it should be in the refrigerator during the rehydration?
Thank you for your thoughts!
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:20 AM   #4
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I would just wet it, not soak it and put it in the fridge. Happy to help! I love jerky!
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:29 AM   #5
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I love the Jerky people joke

I would think either wetting it or soaking it would have the same effect depending on how long you keep it wet. I would absolutely do it in the fridge though. Just get moisture on it however you like and check every hour or so until you get it to the right consistency. After you hit that point though you will need to dry it again. The trick will be to dry it so the surface is dry, but not so much that you get back to where you were. You will just need to watch it very carefully.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:33 AM   #6
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even though i love jerky, im no expert, but it sounds to me as though your jerky has cooked as much as it has dried....140* overnight would certainly cook a thin piece of meat - that seems to be an issue with most consumer dehydrators....anyway, if it is cooked, im not sure that adding water will have much effect
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:34 AM   #7
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BTW - I like the "Jerky People" joke, too!
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:37 AM   #8
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GB, oh good, I thought I might be the only 'jerky person'......now I can smile.

I put a little water in the bag, just put it in the fridge, and I think you are right, I'll have to 're-dry' it. It's not particularly thin--I like a bite of meat when I have jerky.

I ran into a lovely 'kippered beef' last month---moister than jerky--and enjoyed that too. I haven't seen recipes for kippered meat.

Thank you all for help and hope to hear from more of my jerky friends.
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From one Jerky to another

I look forward to hearing how it worked out.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:40 AM   #10
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Fiona, thanks!

I will follow up with you all--on what happens next.

The next episode of 'the jerky people'.....stay tuned.
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