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.
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'
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.
As you can see in the photo above, 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 photo below, are three packages of pre-cooked turkey, all vacuum-sealed with their oxy-packs and ready to store. 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! :-)
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