Meats are the building block of proteins for the body, and it's so easy to have your own dehydrated meats on hand.
Meats can be preserved by smoke, freeze-dried, or cured by salt.
But we're all about the 'easy' here as in 'easy'-food-dehydrating!
So for example, when preparing chicken for the family dinner, put some extra chicken in the cooking pot and save it to dehydrate later on!
Or as my brother says, "I'm saving it for Ron" – "late...R on" !!!
(I can hear ya groanin')
So let's get some cooked meat dehydrated NOW before inflation hits big time – and meat prices start escalating (even more than they already have ...)
Check out our "re-hydrating" page – and consider using chicken/beef stock when re-hydrating meat! Adds more flavor, that's for sure!
Important: While vegetables re-hydrate very well,I cannot say the same for meats.
You may experience a more chewy texture than you'd like ... but it's better than not having any meat available at all, that is, unless you are a vegetarian.
Feel free to experiment with longer re-hydrating times for less-chewy meat!
Your meat is already cooked, so that's one step saved – so no further preparation is necessary for dehydrating meat this way.
The best meats to use are choice cuts – the
tender cuts – so they won't be chewy or tough. The less fat on the
meat, the better as it's the fat in meat that causes the meat to go
Learn which beef cuts are best for dehydrating at TheMeatSource. This site has tons of great info. on how to cook meats properly!
Dehydrated meats are perfect to use in stews, soups, or in a Beef
Stroganoff for example. (Recipe link just below).
Make sure the meat pieces are SMALL so they re-hydrate more evenly.
Vacuum sealed dehydrated cooked meats can last up to 2 to 3 weeks at room temperature.
To maintain the quality of dehydrated meats, please refrigerate or store in the freezer until ready to use. Dehydrated meats will stay fresh for up to six months in the freezer – without freezer burn!
Use pre-cooked, pre-sliced Roast Beef next time you dehydrate meat!
Make it Easy on yourself; dehydrate pre-cooked, pre-sliced chicken.
Dehydrate Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey!
Easy tasty meals made with dehydrated food!