Beef heart jerky... for those without a dehydrator.
I wanted to share how I made my last batch of beef heart jerky, using a modification of Alton Brown’s method of making it without a dehydrator. ‪Good Eats - S09E03P01 - Urban Preservation II - The Jerky‬‏ - YouTube
‪Good Eats S09E03P02 - Urban Preservation II - The Jerky‬‏ - YouTube
I too like multitasking, so I tried it with usually available items (and avoiding the oven). Also useful if you want to make a larger batch, and for those of us who don’t like semi-cooked jerky or for making pemmican (which is supposed to be made with RAW meat to avoid spoilage)
First I bought a whole beef heart and clean it like this: ‪Cleaning a beef heart‬‏ - YouTube
Photos 0 and 1 (Of course photo 1 is the unused part of heart)
Then I disinfected the meat (prevent E. coli) with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar like this: Science News Online - Food for Thought - 9/28/96
If you cleaned the heart correctly you are supposed to have only muscle now, so you proceed to cut it in strips not thicker than .250 in.
I then put everything in a ziplock bag and cover with lime or lemon juice and put in the fridge for .5 hour (acidity to prevent spoilage, again)
Then I got it out, put a little salt, pepper and red chili flakes (that’s how I’m used to eating it, you can use whatever recipe you like).
I then put some newspaper to avoid making a mess on the floor and turn on the fan.
Photos 3,4 and 5 (showing the setup; i.e., fan and portable clothes dryer-hanger) are around 17:00 hrs.
Then around 19:30 hrs. Photo 6
All done by next morning around 7:00 hrs. It took about 14 hours of drying.
Photos 7 and 8
Hope this may be helpful
PS. Seems I having a little problem with attachments so maybe photos will be in disorder... It doesn't matter they are named correctly even if they appear in disorder.
Last edited by Grafvitnir; 07-20-2011 at 10:09 PM.
The rest of the photos (I hope)
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