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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2013, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Dehydrator?

I want to start making my own chicken jerky for my guys. Can anyone recommend a good dehydrator? a certain brand?

Right now Iím only plan to use the dehydrator for this (maybe later on Iíll use it for the humans in the house ). I know you can make jerky using a regular oven, for those of you who use a dehydrator is there a big difference in the jerky when using a dehydrator or an oven?
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My daughter has a Nesco, it works great. She uses it for fruits and veggies. It has a few different levels. Did you find a recipe for jerky? I might try to so something with it too, sounds like a great idea.

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Thanks, Jen. I'll take a look at the Nesco.

I've never use a dehydrator, so I found this YT helpful...
i think its funny how her dog is lurking under the counter lol

as for the recipe I just did a google search and found these two links pretty helpful.

http://www.justjerkytreats.com/homem...erky-for-dogs/

http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/chick...og-treats.html

I'm hoping someone on the forum will give their recipe
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I make my own beef & chicken jerky all the time, I just buy a London Broil roast when on sale slice it very thin and dehydrate it. The "kids" love it.

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Thanks for the tip. What kind if dehydrator do you use? Or do you use the oven?


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I do the same as Pat. I use the oven. 200 degrees for a few hours. Beef keeps well afterward, I've heard chicken needs some special care but don't know the details.

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I got mine at Carbella's (I set up three to four trays) let it go for 3 hrs at 160 and I rotate the trays every hour. Works great.

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Never used the oven --- from what I've read you should leave the door open a crack for air to circulate --- I didn't want hot air coming out into the air-conditioned house. I have an Excalibur with a timer. It takes up a lot of storage/counter space and the trays don't fit in my sink but it can make a large batch at once. My second choice was a Nesco (one of the ones on Amazon with 4+ stars and the ability to add trays). Regardless, happy to have a dehydrator --- the dogs LOVE the beef and chicken jerky. Sweet potato chips were a hit with one, the other not so much. I've dehydrated fruit (pineapple is my favorite), experimented with jerky recipes and made a few flavors of kale chips. Good luck!
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My daughter surprised Timmy, Mae and myself by making chicken jerky today in her Nesco. We bought organic boneless chicken breasts the other day with the intention of making the jerky but it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the "to do" pile. I must say I think it came out great and based on the fur babies reaction it must have tasted great. I'm going to see how it freezes. It took about 6 hours in the dehydrator, piece of cake.

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Made some here, too. So easy and the dogs are wild for it. Even my picky eater comes running when she knows I'm opening the jerky.
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