Growing up, I remember being disgusted by beef jerky, yes disgusted! I do not remember exactly why. Maybe it was because I was not supposed to have red meat. It was bad for you and caused heart disease, right? Thankfully, I learned better later on.
Healthy Beef Jerky
It is too bad I had that bad and inaccurate assumption about red meat and beef jerky! Beef jerky can be healthy if made with wholesome ingredients from home and pasture raised beef. Consuming meat from an animal eating their natural diet is part of a healthy and balanced diet. I love having it on hand for a quick and nutritious snack.
Equipment for Making Beef Jerky
Although it is not 100% necessary, having a dehydrator makes the process of making beef jerky very easy. I invested in a dehydrator several years ago when I first changed my diet and began dehydrating nuts and seeds. It is something really nice to have if you are making food from scratch. Let me know what you think of my recipe in the comments!
- Mix all ingredients except for ground beef (uncooked) in a glass measuring cup.
- Place ground beef in a bowl.
- Pour the mixture over the ground beef and mix with hands.
- Place plastic wrap over bowl.
- Let this marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
- Cut out parchment paper to fit the drawers in your dehydrator.
- Take ground beef mixture and spread it over the parchment paper lined drawers in a very thin layer (1/8-1/4 inch).
- Set dehydrator to 150 degrees (the highest setting) and dehydrate for several hours. I do not have an exact number of hours to dehydrate, but I would estimate 7-12 hours or possibly more. The key is the meat needs to be 100% dry. If it is not completely dry, the chance for mold will be there. I know this from experience with my first batch of beef jerky. Take a look at my YouTube video for reference to see what the meat needs to look like when it is finished.