I'm looking forward to hiking and camping season even as we batten down the hatches for a spring snowstorm. During the next several weeks I'll keep an eye out for sales on London Broil, top round, and even flank steak so I can start building up a supply of beef jerky.
This recipe is from a website that was popular when you were a baby, recipezaar.com. One of the contributors, kittencal, was known for her amazing recipes that always worked well.
Unlike the usual recipes that call for smoking or heavy spices, this oven dried beef jerky is easy to make and lightly flavored. It rehydrates easily to make a meal if you're camping in the backcountry, too.
Kittencal's Oven-Dried Beef Jerky
Serves 6 normal people or 2 Pages
1 lb lean steak, at least 1" thick
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
2-3 cloves fresh garlic
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
- Place a wire cooling rack into a large baking sheet.
- Freeze the steak for 30 minutes until firm, but pliable.
- Slice the steak very thinly across the grain into 1/8 in thick pieces.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a gallon zipper bag.
- Place the steak into the bag with the marinade, and coat all pieces evenly.
- Seal and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 180 F
- Spray the wire rack with non-stick spray, and lay the meat out in a single layer on the rack.
- Bake for 6-12 hours, checking every hour until meat is dried (it should bend, but not snap)
- ***Andrea, a super-fantabulous cook from Pie Birds, found that her jerky dried in about 2 hours with even the thickest pieces finishing up in 3. She had her oven set at 170 and propped open the door with a wooden spoon. Start checking your meat at the 2 hour mark the first time you make it! ***
- Store in an airtight container when cooled. Vacuum seal if possible.
- Kick it up a notch with a shake of cayenne, Tabasco, or even black pepper.
- A dehydrator can be used, but follow the manufacturer's directions for meat carefully.
- I prefer to store jerky in the freezer if I can't vacuum seal it. If the meat smells off, or has any kind of powdery, mildewy coating, toss it.
- Be careful not to leave jerky where your doggie can get to it. Ask me how I know that!
Our family has always loved to spend time outdoors to renew and refresh our hearts. I hope you will continue that tradition with your friends or family when you are grown. I'll be writing a series of letters this summer on hiking packs, staves, camping gear, and even outdoor clothing. Until then, I'll begin squirreling away food and supplies for our day hikes and camping trips.
Your Solar-powered Momma