After letting the meat marinate all night it was time to start the process of dehydrating jerky. So this morning I grabbed my dehydrator and all twelve trays.
I grabbed the marinated meat out of the refrigerator. It had been in there for around 16 hours
and started filling my trays. Some people really pack it in tight, I like to allow some spacing for airflow. The meat will shrink over time as it’s dehydrating but the tighter its packed the longer it will take.
I decided to add a little more heat to four of the trays so I grabbed some red pepper flakes
and sprinkled some on the jerky.
The 24 pounds of meat filled all twelve of my trays. That is going to be a lot of jerky!
So I threw the lid on it and set it for 160. Now it’s time to wait. When I am about 6 hours in, I will re-stack the trays and put the bottom on the top and the top on the bottom to get even dehydrating.
well I let the jerky go for 6 hours yesterday and then flipped the trays around and let them go for another 12. I then pulled about half of the jerky off that was the closest to being finished and stuck that in the fridge.
this condensed the jerky down to 6 trays,
so I let those go for 12 hours last night and checked it this morning and these were getting close to being done
So I grabbed the stuff from the fridge and recombined them all onto 7 trays to finish them all of at about the same time in 6 hours