I'm so glad you're here to learn how to dehydrate turkey - safely.
Dehydrating turkey that is pre-cooked and pre-sliced makes it an easy task!
So off to the refrigerator. I took out a 9 oz. plastic tub of sliced Turkey I'd bought from Target Stores and managed to fit five slices of turkey, per tray.
These 'before' and 'after' photos (below) are of the sliced turkey on the dehydrator. Notice how much they shrink when they are fully dried!
Just cut the meat into "dehydratable" pieces—make the pieces similar sizes—now they will dehydrate uniformly!
That's important because you want them to dry at the same rate of time. You don't want to be storing "half-dried" meats - they need to be fully dried evenly.
Cooked turkey is best dehydrated at 160°F as mentioned above—but please consult your food dehydrator's owner's manual for their specific instructions.
The package from Target filled all four of my Nesco Dehydrator trays, and I couldn't believe that it only took TWO hours to become fully dehydrated!
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 sticking out straight and crispy!
I was very pleased, to say the least.
IMPORTANT: Rehydrate in the refrigerator in CLEAN water. You can also use chicken stock to rehydrate your turkey (chicken and turkey aren't "that much" different in taste, right?) I get my stock from Better Than Bouillon. Read about this super stock here.
Don't leave your turkey out on the countertop! Don't waste your time and effort and let the turkey go 'off'!
In the photo above, you can clearly see 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!
UPDATE: Turkey is still 'perfectly good' after one month with no refrigeration! :-)
I can't wait until next November or December for turkey!
Here's an easy, no-fuss turkey recipe.
It's from a place called Tastes Better from Scratch.
Then you'll be back here—dehydrating turkey leftovers! :-)
One of my favorite "turkey" memories is getting to eat Turkey Risotto. My mom made it every year back in the UK at Christmas time.
After moving to the USA, I got to enjoy my favorite turkey meal twice a year. Yes! Now Thanksgiving is another reason for going the extra mile for a sit-down turkey dinner.
Instead of using rice every time, I changed it up and added orzo. Adding orzo also shortened the cooking time by half!
I'm a big fan of turkey. I'm on a keto diet and I totally enjoy a very light dinner comprising a mozzarella stick wrapped in two thin slices of turkey breast. Learn more about the keto diet here.
Thanks for stopping by to learn how to dehydrate turkey! If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email here.
If you wish to learn how to dehydrate chicken, simply visit this Chicken page. To learn how to dehydrate pork, visit this Pork page. And let's not forget beef, which you can learn more about beef here.
If you've got a hankering for learning how to dehydrate seafood, read more about seafood here.