Easy Home Made Oven Dried Jerky

Homemade oven dried jerky
Homemade oven dried jerky

Jerky is a great option for a healthy, protein-filled snack. Unfortunately, many store-bought varieties can be high in sugar and filled with unnecessary additives and preservatives.

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Jerky is surprisingly easy to make. It is also cost-effective and you don’t need any fancy equipment such as a dehydrator to make it. While it may take some time from prep to end there really isn’t much hands-on time, making this a super easy snack to make.

When making your jerky, give yourself 2 days before expecting to reap the rewards of this recipe. It's best to marinate overnight and then use the next day drying your meat. This is a recipe where your patience will definitely pay off.

Ingredients you will need

1          lb                     Meat, (turkey, beef round steak or venison)

¼         cup                  Tamari, reduced-sodium

1          tbsp                 Worcestershire sauce

1          tbsp                 Coconut sugar

2          tsp                   Onion powder

2          tsp                   Garlic powder

2          tsp                   Black pepper, freshly ground

4          tsp                   Tabasco sauce, (optional, adjust to taste)

Directions

  1. Slice the meat cutting into strips about 4 inches long and 1/8 inches thick. (The slicing is easier if the meat is partially frozen.)
  2. Mix all ingredients (other than the meat) together in a bowl then add to dish you'll be using to marinate in. Add strips of meat into marinade ensuring all meat strips are well coated. Marinade in the fridge for 8-24 hours, turning over occasionally.
  3. Take the strips out of the marinade and lightly pat dry with a paper towel to dry off excess liquid.
  4. Layout on a lined baking sheet in an even layer.
  5. Set the oven on its lowest setting (l00-150 F) and use something to keep the door slightly ajar. “Cook” for 8 – 12 hours*, or until meat is fully dried out.
  6. Once done, remove from oven and allow to fully cool on the tray.
  7. Store in a container at room temperature.

*Keep an eye on your jerky during drying time. The drying time will vary depending on thickness of meat, cut of meat, meat type and temperature of oven. 8 hours is usually a minimum and then keep an eye on it past this point.

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Randy is the co-founder of NaturallySavvy.com and The Healthy Shopper. She has been working in the natural health industry for over 20 years. She is very passionate about healthy living by choosing natural and organic as much as possible, has a personal love of cooking and sharing healthy recipes and is a fitness enthusiast.