Dehydrating Turkey

Using Pre-Cooked, Pre-Sliced Deli Turkey Breast!

click on these other dehydrated meat links:
Chicken | Roast Beef

Dehydrating turkey that is pre-cooked and pre-sliced couldn't be easier! So off to the refrigerator I went and took out a 9 oz. plastic tub of sliced Turkey I'd bought from Target Stores.

Make Evenly-Sized Pieces

As with the chicken and roast beef pages, I note that you can use your leftover meats. Just make them into "dehydratable" pieces! Simply slice evenly and make them of a uniform size; now they will dehydrate uniformly – i.e. at the same rate of time!

The package from Target filled all four of my Nesco Dehydrator trays, with around three slices of turkey on three trays, and four slices on the fourth... and I couldn't believe that it only took TWO hours to become fully dehydrated!



Don't forget to turn the heat UP to 160°F
never dehydrate meat on a lower setting,
that's not safe (germ-wise).

I Couldn't Believe How VERY Easy it Was To Do!

Here are some photos of the sliced turkey on the dehydrator 'before' and 'after'. Notice how much they shrink! (Yes, the tray on the right was a tray that had five slices on, not three).

Pre-cooked turkey, before and after dehydrating
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Ideal Temperature to Use for Dehydrating Cooked Turkey

Cooked turkey is best dehydrated at 160°F as mentioned above – but please consult your food dehydrator's owners manual for their specific instructions.

The Turkey Re-hydrated Really Well!

Pre-cooked Turkey after dehydrating and Re-hydrating
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As you can see in the photo, I purposely draped a slice of the re-hydrated turkey around my finger so you could see that it was indeed moist again, i.e. not straight and crispy!

I was very pleased, to say the least. IMPORTANT: re-hydrate in the refrigerator in CLEAN water. Don't leave it out on the counter top! Don't let the turkey go 'off'!

In the other photo you cal clearly see three packages of pre-cooked turkey, all vacuum-sealed with their oxy-packs and ready to store.

(Pre-cooked) and sliced Turkey
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I will check on these in about a month, to make sure they haven't 'turned' ... because there is fat in meat and we don't want to be eating rancid bad turkey!

I'll keep you posted on this.

UPDATE: Turkey still 'perfectly good' after one month with no refrigeration! :-)

click on these other dehydrated meat links:
Chicken | Roast Beef






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