Cajun Style Beef Jerky

 

The Nourishment
1 pound sirloin grass fed beef steak
1 tbsp organic soy sauce
1 tsp natural smoke flavor
1-1 1/2 tbsp cajun dry rub

The Art
1. Trim as much fat and connective tissue possible from the meat. The less fat the longer it will keep.
2. Put in freezer for 1-2 hours or until firm but not frozen. This allows the knife to slide through the meat more easily for cleaner cuts.
3. Slice meat against the grain in 1/8 inch thick slices.
4. Cover slices with the wet ingredients. 
5. Lay the strips out on a clean surface and cover both side of the meat with dry rub.
6. Lay the strips on dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 155 F for 4-8 hours or until they crack when bent but dont break. 
7. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 months.
8. Nourish! 

Store bought grass fed jerky is expensive and hard to find. By making your own you can end up with 3-4x the amount you would buy in stores for the same price. 

Jerky is a great snack to have on hand for a quick energy boost or fast, easily digestible protein. New research has come out suggesting that grass fed beef is a completely different product than conventional factory beef. Factory farmed cows that are fed an unnatural diet of corn, hormones, and their predecessors tallow produce unhealthy fats that are dangerous to heart health. Grass fed cows that are allowed to graze and grow as nature intended produce a more positive ratio of fats that actually prevent heart disease. Grass fed meat can be a great supplemental protein for women 2-3 weeks before menstruation to aid in replenishing the body. It can also be beneficial for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. 

I am new to the dehydrating world so keep an eye out for exciting experiments!