I love good jerky! I have tried, failed, tried, failed and just gave up. Last weekend a friend of my husband came over and helped him cut up the deer he recently killed. He makes wonderful jerky and I cornered him and got his recipe and cooking time. The cooking time and the temperature I was using was Wrong. My Nesco Food Dehydrator & Jerky Maker said meats should be dried at 155 deg for 4 to 15 hours. Hello, could you be a little more specific on the time needed. I was tasting every few minutes and just could not tell if it was done, mainly because HOW do you tell if jerky is done???? Now most people use the oven and cook overnight or about 15 hours at the lowest temperature. You can dry much more in the oven but electric ovens won't go low enough so I am back to the dehydrator and forced to divide it into several batches.
I am still cooking 10 sticks of summer sausage. I put them on 170 deg (per box of seasoning) at 7 AM and still not 165 deg. internal temp. per meat thermometer....It's now 3:30 and internal temp. is 150 deg. This takes time!!!!
Now let's talk about the smell/odor in my house! I put the jerky in dehydrator yesterday 3 PM and cooked until this morning...that means "odor" ALL night long! I didn't know if I was hungry or sick/ha I got up at 3 and turned on the vent fan on stove and that helped some but folks I have second batch going now and another one waiting. Might take awhile for me to eat any of it, I'm full just smelling it!
If it all turns out good, I should enough for everyone!!!!