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#244316 - 07/24/12 03:05 AM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: MSD]
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What is the best way to store the treats after you make them, and how long do they keep?
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#244345 - 07/24/12 08:18 AM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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We usually store jerky in a large jar, sometimes in bags like shown above. You do need to check that there is no condensation inside the container. That means they're really not completely dried. Sometimes, DH will put them in those vacuum sealed bags, but you have to be carefull with that. Since things don't really lay nice and flat, the ends can puncture the bags.

I think they actually keep far longer than they last around our house. My DH views them as snacks for himself, not just the dogs, especially the beef jerky. We're lucky if a batch lasts a month (unless I hide it from him rofl2).

We do "sun-dried" tomatoes the same way and I've got some that are over a year old that are perfectly fine.

We watch for sales and stock up when the beef is 1.99 a pound. That's getting harder to do right now after all the drought and such in the Midwest.


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#244362 - 07/24/12 09:13 AM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: Woodreb]
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We store what the boys will eat within one week in pre-measured zippered bags like above in the freezer. We bring a small bag like this with us in the bedroom overnight incase it’s needed.

Special items or for anything longer than one week we use the (we broke down and bought) vacuum sealer and pop into the freezer.

We do not have a huge freezer inventory of jerky because the boys eat it, thankfully.
They love it best warm off the racks.

I freeze our jerky because our one boy who is sick.

Angus London Broil


Being Sealed


Beef Heart stored in a plastic container before freezing


Beef Kidneys



Woodreb— how much do you make per “batch” of beef and what kind of beef are you making? Ours goes really fast.
Can you tell me more about the sun-dried tomatoes? I have a wonderful batch of homegrown tomatoes and was thinking of doing this. How Long? Temperature? and any special prep other than washing?
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#244416 - 07/24/12 01:06 PM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: MSD]
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Our jerky batches vary in size. The last batch he made was to dehydrate ~ 5 pounds to send to his brother, deployed in the Mid East for 6-12 months and he expects to have to do this again before his brother comes home. He made a little extra for us and that's gone already. We don't feed it as a meal, we just use it as treats for the dogs and snacks for ourselves.

We usually get Londron Broil or Top Round roast, there's not so much fat waste on those cuts. Sometimes we'll use Bottom Round roast, but that's fattier and DH really prefers to use one of the other 2 cuts if we can catch a good sale. What generally happens is: we need beef for hamburgers or meatballs or just to have ground beef on hand. We'll watch for a sale, make up a supply of burgers, meatballs, whatever we need, vacuum seal and freeze. Whatever is left, he'll make a batch of jerky - so it could be any where between 2 and 5 pounds of beef. Sometimes he gets a few pounds just to make as jerky to take on Civil War re-enactments. When we catch a sale on chicken breasts we'll make jerky with them for dog treats as well.

As far as sun-dried tomatoes, we usualy do that with Roma or some sort of paste tomato because they're meatier, with less water. Cut them in half or quarters length wise and set on the dehydrator trays. I think we use ~ 140 °F for a temperature. But as far as how long, all I can say is "until they are done". I know that doesn't sound very helpful, but the dried tomato should be kind of crunchy, not rubbery. DH just keeps checking them periodically. We have this dehydrator . We got it on sale a couple of years ago. Because of the design, he rotates the trays every so often, so that everything finishes at the same time. Otherwise, the highest and lowest trays take longer to process than the ones in the middle (closest to the fan). So he is checking every few hours or so. Dehydrating is usually DH's thing, I help with cutting stuff up, but he monitors tha processing.

I store the tomatoes in a mason jar and like to grab a handful and crush into whatever cassarole I think may benefit from the intense tomato flavor. I also like to keep some in a bottle of olive oil. The oil gets a little infused with the tomato flavor and then I can cut up the tomatoes and add to a meal. When stored in oil, they are not so crunchy, a little more "rubbery".

We haven't tried doing this with beef heart or organ meats. I bet the dogs would love it!
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#244447 - 07/24/12 05:09 PM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: Woodreb]
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Woodreb— thank you. I appreciate the tip on the top / bottom round roasts, haven’t tried that yet.

Gotcha on the tomatoes. Appreciate the temp, I hear you on the time… I like the idea of putting them into the olive oil too. I LOVE your dehydrator, that is really nice.

PS—wow, thank you for your B-I-L’s service. *bowdown*
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#244493 - 07/25/12 02:08 AM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: MSD]
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Great info everyone, thanks, I might have to start doing some dehydrating!
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#255264 - 10/07/12 05:19 PM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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DianaB— Hi, not sure if you’re still interested in dehydrator recipes or how to, but I found this site (haven’t looked at it yet) but thought I’d share. Let me know if you think it’s helpful at all.

DehydratorBook.com — http://www.dehydratorbook.com/how-to.html
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#255277 - 10/07/12 06:54 PM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: MSD]
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Anybody have a favorite dehydrator, or tips on buying one? I'm thinking that I might have to make some of my own treats here for jazz.
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#255507 - 10/08/12 11:04 PM Re: Dehydrator recipes? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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We have this one from Cabela's. We used to have one like this . Both work well, but we found that the round one started to give us problems with the fan and DH would have to take it apart and clean it to keep the fan running. The Cabela's model is great and handles larger batches. The downside is that you need to rotate the racks during the drying process so that everything finishes at once.
The drying process seems a bit more even in the round one because the fan is on the bottom, so you don't rotate the racks as much.

Last thought - if you don't think you'll do a lot of dehydrating, the smaller, round one is probably enough, and doesn't take as much storage room. If you plan on doing a lot, I think the Cabela's one is a better choice.
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