Paleo Beef Jerky (Food Dehydrator)

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Ok, seriously I think I have a new addiction. This stuff lasted all of 2-3 days. It was so good, and totally knocks anything you buy from the store out of the park. Plus, it’s totally customizable, and you control exactly what’s in it. Holy cow food dehydrator, where have you been all my life! I can’t wait to start making dried fruits in this thing, it’s so darn easy! So anyway, yes, I got a food dehydrator for Christmas; the Nesco FD-37 to be exact. I’ve read reviews on it, and for the price point this gets the job done quite well. After my first use, I have to agree, and it was easy to clean to boot!

Anyway, I used about 1.5 lbs of Top Round, trimmed of any fat. I stuck it in the freezer for a couple of hours, which made it easier to cut. Then I sliced it against the grain, into thin slices. You want them as thin as you can make them easily,

Then, you marinate it for 15-24 hours. Here is what I used, it was yummy.

  • Coconut aminos
  • Sesame oil
  • Organic Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Apple cider vinegar

When you’re ready, you just wipe off the extra marinade, arrange in the dehydrator, and turn it on. It takes about 4-6 hours depending on the thickness of the slices and how chewy you want them to be. I like them a little chewier, and Mike prefers them a bit softer. You want them to be stiff, but flex easily when you bend them, cracking a little but not breaking.

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