Why Did My Jerky Turn Out So Dry?
A). You dried it at too high a temperature. We smoke (dry) our jerky at a maximum temperature of 180°.
If possible, place an oven safe thermometer in your oven, set the oven to the lowest temperature possible, and see what that temperature is. If it’s quite a bit above 180°, that could be the problem of the jerky being too dry.
B). You dried it for too long of time. We usually dry our jerky at 180° for 6 hours. This usually produces jerky that is dried, but not too dry. You want the jerky to be able to bend without breaking.
I hope one of the two above suggestions helps you with your jerky making.
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 09:40 PM