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John Rowling II
(jrowling) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
Dehyration/Drying Question on 03/04/2008 07:44:04 MST Print View

What is your opinion on drying meat and poultry without first cooking meat to 160 Degrees F. and poultry to 165 Degrees. I made jerky from ground beef using the curing packets and as per instructions. Nothing was ever mentioned about precooking the meat to 160 F. I later read an article on drying and it stated to always cook to 160 F. for beef and 165 F. for poultry. Does anyone have comments on this.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Dehyration/Drying Question on 03/04/2008 13:02:45 MST Print View

If you used the curing packets I wouldn't worry. It packs quite the punch of salt and nitrates for preserving.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Dehydrating/drying meats on 03/04/2008 14:51:10 MST Print View

We have had great luck and results over the years with the following strategy:

We always cook poultry, pork, and ground beef. We soak raw meat for jerky in salty or sweet stuff, then dry, no cooking.
Cured ham also works, although it can be salty if you eat it plain. We also dehydrate cured or pre-cooked sausage (usually as thin slices).

I suppose one can skip cooking ground beef, but the tremendous surface area so easily breeds bacteria (e.g. E.coli), etc. that I'm not sure this is wise.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
ground meat on 03/06/2008 06:14:35 MST Print View

if you are using something like thinly sliced flank steak for your jerky there is no need to pre-cook it but if you are using poultry or ground meats you should make sure that you cook the meat first.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Take a look at Nesco's site on 03/06/2008 11:44:42 MST Print View

I went and looked up the jerky making info on Nesco's site and yes, they have you using raw ground beef for the jerky. The seasoning packets they sell are the key to it though. If you can I would get your hamburger ground for you in person - if you have a grocery store that still does it (Safeway here does for instance).