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    Jerky in the oven?

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    When I cook jerky in the oven, do I leave the door ajar or do I close it? I haven't been able to purchase a decent dehydrator for a decent price, and I have a batch marinating now. So, I'll have to resort to the oven.

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    I've read that you leave the oven door open a bit and keep a fan blowing towards the stove.
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    really?

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    get a 12 x12 cardboar box and a 100 watt incandescent light stick
    hanf the meat in the box using skewers and turn on the light

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    My oven only goes down to 170. I leave the door slightly ajar overnight and 8-10 hours seems good depending on how thick you cut your pieces. One time I left it 12-14 hours and it was a little 'overdone'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimIcy View Post
    My oven only goes down to 170. I leave the door slightly ajar overnight and 8-10 hours seems good depending on how thick you cut your pieces. One time I left it 12-14 hours and it was a little 'overdone'.
    Cool. thanks

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    You need to have the door ajar with a fan pointing in the opening to keep the air circulating. Otherwise you will get steamed meat and it will rot. I made several batches that way before giving up and buying a dehydrator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    You need to have the door ajar with a fan pointing in the opening to keep the air circulating. Otherwise you will get steamed meat and it will rot. I made several batches that way before giving up and buying a dehydrator.
    I did just this yeaterday, and it worked ,but I think I'll keep shopping for a dehydrator. As you said, it works, but it will get old fast.

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    I tried to make jerky for the first time today. I had a SUPER thin cut, and after 7 hours on 150 (no fan, door open), the jerky was a little crispy. I got a cow heart today, and I'm getting another on Friday, so I may slice that up into some thick slices and try again with a fan.

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