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Old 09-15-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default How long to dehydrate jerky

I am about to make deer jerky out of the hamburger I have tons of. I have mixed the marinade with the meat and made strips with my Jerky Cannon I just got from Academy. I am using the Open Country Sportsman's Kitchen Jerkymaster Dehydrator from Academy also.

My question is how long do you guys dehydrate you hamburger jerky? I've heard 4 hours to 6 hours since it's hamburger. Any help is appreciated. thanks.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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Not sure if its hamburger, not sure I would jerk pork mixed deer meat
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:44 PM   #3
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If you added fat to the HB, its gonna take a little longer than normal. I would start out at 6 hours and be prepared to go 8-10
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:51 PM   #4
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If you added fat to the HB, its gonna take a little longer than normal. I would start out at 6 hours and be prepared to go 8-10
^^^^This. I have a commercial dehydrator and even it varies from batch to batch. The fat content is a big factor in dehydration time. Best advice I can give is to watch it closely after 4 hours and be prepared to go a lot longer.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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There is no problem using hamburger right? The processor made it so I really don't know what exactly is in it. I don't wanna kill myself by eating it, lol. I know people use beef hamburger to do it so I figured this would be ok.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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Yes it will be fine. But the fat is what will turn rancid if left out too long. Just refrigerate after you get done dehydrating. As far as how long....that will depend on how much fat and water is in the meat, how powerful your dehydrator is, how humid the ambient air is, and probly some other stuff. So Basicly like others have said just check it every once in a while. A lot of times mine takes about 12 hrs.
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Thanks guys. I'm praying it turns out good.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:57 PM   #8
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i have the same shooter and dehydrator as you. i'd start checking it at 6-8 hours and take it off when its how you like it.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:36 PM   #9
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Mine seems to always take at least 8 hours. I will check it every couple of hours and wipe off all the excess fat that has beaded up on it with paper towels and flip the pieces over. I have even wiped off each individual strip of jerky. It just seems to make a better finished product when it is done if I do this.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:25 AM   #10
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12 hours was perfect. And yes I gotta wipe off the grease.
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