Create Your Own Mouthwatering Beef Jerky at Home
Here at PepperGeek, we have a deep appreciation for one particular snack: beef jerky. Recently, we acquired a brand-new dehydrator and have been experimenting with drying various foods and herbs. Our tastebuds have been taken on a flavorful journey as we’ve dehydrated habaneros, bananas, and even homegrown basil and sage. However, nothing compares to the incredible taste of our sweet and spicy beef jerky.
We’ve combined our favorite Asian flavors to create a unique and tantalizing marinade that will make your taste buds dance. In this article, we will share our delicious spicy beef jerky recipe so you can enjoy this homemade treat in the comfort of your own home.
How to Make Spicy Beef Jerky in the Dehydrator
Making your own spicy beef jerky is a breeze once you have a dehydrator. While we explored numerous recipes online, we couldn’t find one that quite hit the mark in terms of spice and flavor. So, we decided to take matters into our own hands.
Crafting mouthwatering beef jerky is as simple as thinly slicing fresh beef, marinating it in a savoury blend of sauces and spices, and dehydrating the slices for several hours. Once the perfect amount of time has passed, the beef will be pliable, tender, and bursting with flavor.
We were blown away by the scrumptiousness of our homemade spicy beef jerky—it far surpassed anything we had ever tasted from the store.
Spicy Beef Jerky Marinade Ingredients:
- 1 lb Flank Steak (or eye of round, top round, or bottom round)
- 2 tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 cloves Fresh Garlic, finely chopped (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Gochujang Paste
- 0.5 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 0.5 tsp Onion Powder
That’s all there is to it! You can savor the spicy beef jerky fresh out of the dehydrator or store it in the pantry for up to two months. For more handy tips on making homemade beef jerky, read on.
Storing Your Homemade Beef Jerky
After successfully marinating and dehydrating your beef jerky, the last thing you want is for it to spoil within a few days. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your homemade beef jerky stays fresh and delicious.
- Use an airtight container: The easiest way to prolong the shelf life of your jerky is by storing it in an airtight container like a mason jar. Freezer bags are also a good option, but avoid using sandwich bags as they are not ideal. If you have a large quantity of beef to dehydrate, consider using a vacuum sealer for an excellent seal and long-term storage.
- Add moisture absorber packets: These small desiccant pouches contain a dehydrating silica gel. They are readily available online and can be purchased from food-safe sources.
- Keep it cool and dark: Your pantry is the ideal place to store jerky. While it can also be stored in the refrigerator, be aware that this may affect the texture of the beef.
By adhering to these guidelines, you can enjoy your tasty snack for an extended period. While homemade beef jerky doesn’t last as long as commercially produced jerky due to the absence of curing powder, one to two months is ample time to satisfy your cravings.
Should You Refrigerate Beef Jerky?
When you purchase beef jerky from a store, you’ll notice that it isn’t found in the refrigerator section. However, once you open it, should it be refrigerated?
To put it simply, beef jerky does not require refrigeration after opening, although storing it in the refrigerator will prolong its shelf life. Commercial beef jerky undergoes a curing and drying process that adheres to strict standards.
You can typically keep opened jerky at room temperature for one to two weeks. If you’ve made homemade jerky, it’s best to consume it within one week of opening.
How Long Does Homemade Jerky Last?
In our household, jerky rarely lasts more than a few days—we just can’t resist devouring it. However, when it comes to its shelf life, several factors come into play. Store-bought jerky often includes preservatives to prevent spoilage, and you’ll often find a desiccant packet inside the packaging to create an oxygen-free environment.
To put it simply, properly stored homemade jerky can last between one to two months. If you opt for common Ziploc bags, the shelf life may be shorter due to oxygen exposure.
For optimal longevity, remember that the drier the beef, the longer it will last. Water, oxygen, and fat are the enemies of jerky, so minimizing these three components is essential for long-term storage.
Here are a few tips to help extend the shelf life of your jerky:
- Trim the fat: Before making homemade jerky, it’s crucial to trim away any excess fat from the sliced meat. Fat spoils quickly and can lead to mold growth.
- Dehydrate at 165°F: Dehydrating the beef at this temperature both cooks the meat and eliminates any existing bacteria, which is especially critical when you aren’t using curing salts.
- Allow it to cool: Before storing your jerky, ensure it has fully cooled down. Give it 1-2 hours at room temperature after the dehydrating process is complete.
Identifying Spoiled Beef Jerky
Spoiled beef jerky is hard to miss, but if you’re uncertain, pay attention to these telltale signs.
Beef jerky that has gone bad will likely emit a rancid smell or exhibit visible signs of mold. Keep track of the date of your jerky’s preparation for future reference.
If you’ve opened a pack of jerky and have been enjoying it for about a week, inspect it closely, giving it a sniff before consuming. If you ever doubt its freshness, it’s safest to discard it.
To prevent spoiled jerky, ensure that it has been dehydrated sufficiently. Water droplets forming on the inside of your storage container are a clear indication of under-drying. If you notice this, remove the jerky and continue drying it for a longer period.
Try Our Spicy Beef Jerky Recipe Today!
With all the prep-work complete, it’s time to whip up our mouthwatering spicy beef jerky recipe. Drawing inspiration from Korean cuisine, this beef jerky is beautifully balanced, with its sweet, salty, and spicy flavors coming together harmoniously.
We hope your own spicy beef jerky comes out just as tender and flavorful as ours did! If you decide to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and review, sharing your thoughts on the flavor.
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