Making Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a delicious and nutritious snack that can easily be made at home. Why buy beef jerky in a packet when you don’t know what has gone into making it? Instead it’s a much better idea to make your own jerky from gourmet meat, as we have extremely high quality beef in Australia. Below are the simple and straight-forward steps for how to make jerky yourself. As you’ll see, it’s both easy to make and extremely delicious!
How to make jerky from beef in Australia:
- Select a lean cut of meat such as sirloin and slice the meat into extremely thin strips. We recommend cutting against the grain as it makes the jerky easier to chew.
- Remove the fat from the beef as you go, as any excess fat will only strop the beef from dying out properly.
- Depending on how you like your jerky, you can marinate the meat. We like to add some extra flavour, however the dryer than you can keep the beef, the more easily it will dehydrate. Try using herbs and spices for flavour without adding moisture.
- Coat the meat in lots of salt and some pepper if you’d like. The salt is important for drying out the beef to make jerky.
- Spray the oven racks with non-stick oil and set the oven temperature to 70 degrees Celsius.
- It’s important to leave the beef cooking at a low temperature for a long time in order to dry it out properly. On the other hand, do not allow the temperature to fall below 70 degrees, as this is important for killing any bacteria. It’s best to keep the oven door slightly ajar with a wooden spoon while the jerky cooks.
- After about 4 hours, check on the beef. If it is dry to touch then it is done and ready to be removed.
- Place it in a dry place to cool for 10-12 hours and then seal the jerky in zip lock bags. It’s best to eat the jerky within 2 weeks of making it.
We are lucky enough to have delicious and high quality beef in Australia, so why not make your own tasty beef jerky. As you’ve seen, the method is extremely easy and you can add whatever seasoning or marinade you’d like. Time to get cooking!