Dehydrator Beef Jerky – How To Make Your Own

dehydrator beef jerky

Dehydrator Beef Jerky

dehydrator beef jerkyI make dehydrator Beef Jerky quite often, it is a staple in my backpack and also in the kids packed lunch boxes.  The only problem is that it is so more’ish that it is normally gone as soon as it is out of the dehydrator.

The recipe I use is one that I have put to gather myself, its easy to make, cost effective and with a dehydrator its easy to dry.

Here is my ‘HOW TO’ including my recipe.

Items required.

Items needed:

  • Dehydrator
  • 2 x zip lock bags
  • Chopping Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Bowl

Ingredients:

Method

  • Trim the steaks removing fat & gristle and cut in 2cm strips against the grain of the meat (this makes it easier to chew)
  • Place steak strips into bowl
  • In a zip lock bag: Add half a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce, 1 Bottle of Teriyaki Marinade, handful of dried garlic, dried chillies (if required) and a tablespoon of liquid smoke.
  • Mix the marinade together.
  • Add in the steak strips and massage into the marinade to make sure all the meat get covered.
  • Remove air from the ziplock bag, lay flat, massage the meat one more time and put into the fridge for 24hrs (removing, massaging and flipping the bag every now and then).

Next Day

  • Remove meat from fridge and drain in a colander.
  • Layout paper towel (normally 2 towels thick x 2 towels long.
  • layout steak strips onto towels then place towels on top of meat and pat down to remove excess marinade.
  • Sprinkle BBQ rub over meat on one side, pat into meat then place on the dehydrator racks.
  • Make sure there is space between the strips on the racks (for airflow).
  • Turn on dehydrator to full (mine sits at 70c), rotate trays every 20 mins so top goes to bottom for 6 hours.  It is handy if you shake the trays every now and then so the strips aren’t stuck to the racks.
  • After six hours, turn dehydrator down to 40c and leave overnight.

Remove Jerky from the trays, allow to cool and bag them up.  You can freeze if you want to keep your dehydrator Beef Jerky longer but like us I’m sure its gone as soon as its made.

I sometimes vacuum pack my dehydrator beef jerky if I’m using it on trips and excursions.

It is a great trail snack and I always take either Jerky or Biltong with me on multi day trips.  I recently had 5 days in the Lake District where I took Biltong or during the Fjallraven Classic I had a bag of Jerky with me.

If you are interested in making your own biltong then please comment and i’ll put together a ‘How To’ video.

Below is a video on how I make my dehydrator beef jerky

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The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil Have a look at this handy gadget on kickstater looks a handy gadget.  This popped up on my instagram feed the other day.  I like the look of it as I have a deep belief that each item you carry has to be multifunctional.

Great little gadget The splitterAlthough I wouldn’t carry this whilst out on a multi day hike when using freeze dried food.

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil would be handy if you where cooking fresh food over a fire as the spatula would be needed.

Although saying that you could just take the Spork to eat out of the freeze dried bags.

 

Full Windsor, an outdoor accessories brand out of Los Angeles, released The Muncher not long ago and with it gave us all the perfect tool for chowing down around the campfire. But how do you get your food to your plate so you can chow down by the campfire? The answer is The Splitter, the latest product from the company. Like The Muncher, The Splitter is a multi utensil. Unlike The Muncher, however, The Splitter offers you food prep tools, not food eating tools. It contains a spatula, spork, and, thanks to some ingenuity, a pair of tongs. Best of all, this thing is built for camping, meaning it’s lightweight, easy to pack, and super durable. You can back the project on Kickstarter and expect to receive The Splitter early next year.

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Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter Stew

Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter Stew served with potato pancakes.

Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter StewFinally had a day to myself so headed down to the marsh to do some open fire cooking using my Dutch Oven.

Since my Frontier Stove is being serviced it was time to do some open fire cooking.  I had also a new video camera to try so thought i’d make a day by filming some cooking, review some new trouser I had delivered from Revolution Race, show how I look after my boots and make some more char cloth.

There was a draw back, I took all the footage but there was an issue whilst editing the footage as iMovie didn’t like the 4k 60FPS footage and it was flickering a lot.  I had used my iPhone so had some footage left but only enough to show how I cooked the stew.

So this recipe is my own recipe loosely based on a Polish Dish.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 x Pork steaks
  2. 1 x large potato
  3. 1 onion
  4. smoked paprika
  5. dried mushrooms
  6. 2 x carrots
  7. 1 x bottle of porter or stout
  8. Plain flour
  9. A little water

Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter StewMethod

Chop the pork steaks into cubes, put back into bag and add 2 spoons of flour and shake the bag.

Cut onion and carrots

Place dutch oven onto coals and allow to heat (gentle heat).

Add meat and onions and allow to brown.

Once meat is brown add in the bottle of porter, paprika and carrots.

Stir regularly over allow heat for about 20 mins (add a little water if beer reduces too much.

Pancake: Open your bag of potato and onion and add 3 large spoons of plain flour, salt and pepper and a little water.

Hold top of bag and knead mix together (it should be the consistency of porridge).

Invert the Dutch Oven lid onto coals, add a little lard, allow to heat the squeeze out mixture and pat flat using spoon onto the lid of the oven.

Allow to cook for about 10 – 15 mins until golden brown turning often.

Serve stew onto pancake and enjoy.

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Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove

Mod for the Polish Army Lavvu (Sauna)

An off the hoof decision meant we where heading out for Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove yesterday.

breakfast using the frontier stoveI had planned to head into the woods to do some foraging for fungi as it had been quite foggy and had been raining for two day anyway but when a friend contacted me we decided to head into the forest for a fry up.

Down to the Forest

When we arrived at the location I had realised I had my frontier stove in the back of the car so we decided to carry that down into the birch and use that to cook breakfast off.

Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove
Frontier Stove by www.anevaystoves.com

As mentioned in a previous post I’ve had this stove made by Anevay for over 8 years and love cooking of it.

The only downfall is its heavy to carry along way but sharing the load we dragged it into the forest.

We ended up in a secluded area of birch and pine where we started to prepare for our breakfast.

Firstly my friend needed to hang his Basha to dry so he set this up and I showed him some methods I use to hang a tarp.

He realised the benefit of using a 3m x 3m tarp compared to a Basha.

I have 2 tarps both made by DD Hammocks a super light and a normal both 3m x 3m.  I really like using a tarp as there is so many different configurations you can use depending on environment and weather.

Once setup and firewood collected I started a fire using birchbark, piece of flint and a steel striker.

It take a little while to get this stove up to heat but after 15 minutes it was hot enough to place the pans and the eagle kettle on to start cooking and heating water for a brew.

Using a skillet, frying pan and the camp kettle we cooked up breakfast and brewed some coffee.

We sat eating and chilling listening to the deer rutting in the marsh behinds us for the middle of october it was still really warm as we where both sitting in t-shirts.

Any Fungi?

I didn’t find many fungi just one lonely Bay Bolete but loads of Amantia Muscara around.

Slight downfall was the welds on the stoves door had finally given way but after eight years of use I’m not complaining.

betweenthetrees.xyzOn another note I have started uploading more weekly videos to my youtube channel so please take a look, comment, like and subscribe see what you think and let me know.

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Show us your steak

#showusyoursteak

Show us your steak  During the week I saw a post from a colleague which pretty much sums up Mens Mental Health.  Men aren’t very good about speaking out about their problems and tend to keep it all within their heads.  I see a lot of people at work whether colleagues or patients that struggle with dealing with mental health problems.

I wrote on a previous post how I believe that getting outdoors is a great way to deal with mental health problems.  Mental health issues aren’t a physical injury although they can have physical signs and keeping these problems in a box will only make them worse.

As mentioned in the previous post so many people that suffer with mental health problems end up lethargic and staying within four walls (in a box).

So again the word box comes up problems are boxed up in our heads and we are boxed up within four walls.

Its time to open up the box.

show us your steak
My Work Boots.

For the last 3 and a half years I have worn them for every shift and they have seen everything I have seen and worse…

They’ve trod in vomit and urine, dog poo, horse poo, cow poo and human poo…

Trod in the blood of the dead, the dying and the seriously injured….

Protected me from the broken glass, oil and jagged metal of shattered vehicles…

They’ve been with me when I’ve saved lives and when I’ve had to let people go…sometimes for the greater good of others that needed saving…

Seen the very best of humanity, but they’ve also seen the very worst…

They’ve seen the moments of life-changing sadness of those left behind; wives & husbands, sons & daughters, mothers & fathers….some of them to children…

If my boots could talk, they could tell stories that would make your toes curl…

If they had a conscience, you would sometimes hear them cry at night trying to outrun the sadness they have seen…

Boots don’t talk…..but sometimes those who wear them should.

It’s okay not to be okay. #loveyourboots #suicideawareness #itsoknottobeok 

I’M ALWAYS HERE FOR AND FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES

Original post: Adam Collinge 27/09/18

Show us your steak

Following on from a post from a  very entertaining youtuber that I follow (Haze Outdoors). He posted a video that was such a great idea to raise awareness that I jumped on the band wagon and created a video to show us your steak

In his video he is hoping to start a viral trend of men posting videos online of them cooking steak which will help raise awareness of Mens mental health.

So to all that read get making you videos post to youtube / instagram and tag with #showusyoursteak then tag three people to do the same.

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Covehithe the road to nowhere

road to nowhere
Covehithe the road to nowhere
Looking North

I regularly visit Covehithe the road to nowhere and today was a visit back to this windswept part of the Suffolk coastline.

The plan was to walk along the cliff down to Benacre Broad and south a little way to the area I normally setup and have breakfast.

Beautiful morning, clear skies, sun shinning and hardly any wind.

Walking along the ‘road to nowhere’ where nature has taken over the road that used to supply the village before it was lost to sea I notice that that Hawthorns are heavily laden with berries

(a sign of a harsh winter to come so the wifes tale says).

On the way in I stopped at a Sweet Chestnut tree that was also heavily laden but the nuts hadn’t developed into anything (perhaps due to the extreme heat / lack of rain this summer).

The view North.

As I reach the cliff and look North there is a little Northerly ground swell pushing some waves onto the beach.

Looking at the beach the pebbles have all been replaced by golden sand all the way to the cliff.  This shows that a large northerly ground swell has recently being hitting the coast.

Heading North I can see where the trees that lined the cliff have been removed by Natural England as a project to correct the Suffolk Coastal Path along the cliff and down to Southwold.

Currently the path has to meander from the coast at Benacre Broad, missing Covehithe and along the road to get to Southwold.

On reaching the beach at Benacre from Covehithe the road to nowhere I take some time filming this micro adventure.

Heading South to the area where the trees are in the sand to build a fire and have some coffee and breakfast.

breakfast on the beachBreakfast on the beach.

I was having a cook up with a friend here once when another dog walker said “what a great idea and what a lovely place to sit and have breakfast!”

And it is, you can’t beat cooking outside especially in a spot like this, no crowds, sound of the sea, beautiful day and a good hearty breakfast.

Utilising the trees that are on the beach I gather some fire wood, sweep out a hole for the fire (this also helps as a wind break, the sand is swept, building into a mound which blocks the wind).

Eagle Products 70cl KettleBreakfast

Using a foldable metal grill the Kettle goes on, the kettle I use is Norwegian made by a company call Eagle Products they can be brought in the U.K.

Out comes the frying pan, bacon, mushrooms and the egg sits waiting to be cracked when the bacon is done.

covehitheI like to brew as I call it Cowboy Coffee which is literally just Coffee grounds straight into the kettle once its boiled, leave a few minutes to brew and settle then carefully pour.

Whilst all of this is cooking the Dog sits there knowing she gets her bit of bacon and the frying pans pre-wash is done by the dog before cleaning out using the sand.

Once cleared away its time for the Dog to have her swim and head back home.

 

 

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Hiking the Birch Forest

Homemade wax for outdoor clothing

Hiking the Birch Forest.

Today was time to head out hiking the Birch Forest.  The weather has been perfect recently for foraging for fungi so I headed out into the woods to see if I could spot any.

As we started to walk into the birch forest i could see there where many slippery jacks but not fresh that morning.

We had a good walk around saw some birch polypores these are inedible but have some use in bushcraft and emergency situations:

Birch Polypore
Birch Polypore

Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) is also called Razor Fungus and can be used as a strop to give a blade a Razor sharp edge.

As well as giving your blade a super sharp edge it can also be turned in to a plaster. By slicing out a piece of the underside of the fungus and peeling it off you can make yourself a bushcraft plaster!

 

Funny how nature works the same thing that keeps your knife sharp also keeps your blood in when you cut yourself!!

hiking the birch forestI enjoy hiking the birch forest we had a look around but no fresh fungi so decided to stop and make some breakfast and coffee.

I was using a small bush box for the fire and was using a flint, steel and birch bark to start my fire.  Camera messed up so missed filming starting the the fire.

The area I stopped for food was full of slippery jacks so I marked the area on my view ranger app for a time when conditions would be better for fungi.

More on foraging

I had recently been playing and designing a foraging pouch which can be clipped onto a belt and is rolled up in a leather holder (below).

First attempt was ok but I need to remove some of the clasps and turn them around so the bag could be removed from leather holder.  Also so that the top of the leather holder could be clipped to inside of bag.

 

Foraging pouch
Foraging Pouch
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Foraging for edible Fungi

A day out in the woods after a very damp couple of days means foraging for edible fungi if conditions are good you are sure to find some fungi.

foraging for fungiBefore I start this isn’t a post to help you identify fungi, I know what I know and I keep to that.  If you are not sure then leave them in place.

If you want to learn about edible fungi then get on a foraging course, buy a book and ask for assistance on some of the Facebook groups or online forums.

I stick to what I know and keep to that.

A day off means walking the Dog and doing some king of micro adventure, today was foraging and a great day it was.

Perfect conditions, rain recently, damp and warm over night meant there was fungi everywhere.

I started off in an area I have been foraging for fungi previously and I had seen fungi there a couple of days previously.

Straight away I was onto Slippery Jacks.  Its really frustrating when you find a perfect looking fungi only to cut it and find it maggot riddled.

So the trick with fungi is to harvest them as early in the day as you can.

Walking deeper into the Birch forest I started to see hundreds so started to carefully select the best.

There was also some Penny Buns around, I love the smell of these and they can grow quite big.  So after filling the cloth bag full I decided to harvest some fatwood from a stump and get a brew on the go before heading off back home for the daily chores.

Searching for edible fungi

If you are interested in foraging for edible fungi there are plenty of videos on Youtube but I cannot stress enough the need to be 100% sure what you are picking.

Please have a look at some fungi identification books.

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Cooking alfresco with the frontier stove

Cooking alfresco with the frontier stove.  After a busy couple of days at work, the family away for the summer and extremely hot weather I decided to combine dog walking, swimming and evening meal all together.

I had decided on a evening cooking alfresco with the frontier stove.  I had to carry my frontier Stove down to a very secluded beach near me and have an evening on the beach.

The walk from the church at Covehithe takes about 20 minutes.

 

The Frontier Stove isn’t lightweight but the journey wasn’t to bad because of the carry bag the stove is in.

I arrived on a very desolate beach, set up the stove, gathered some firewood as there’s plenty about because of the trees being washed onto the beach due to the coastal erosion then the dog and I had a swim.

Using a primitive method to light a fire the stove was soon fired up.

After the dog and I had a swim it was time to get the evening meal on.

Meal consisted of a huge piece of sirloin, king prawns, onions, garlic butter and Stilton to ooze over top of the steak.

I like using primitive methods I know there are easier methods but there’s something therapeutic about lighting a fire using flint and steel.

 

 

 

 

img_0504Method:

Place a knob of butter into a pan and cut a white onion in half and allow it to sweat. Break into pieces on its own over a fairly low heat for a good while.

Place the steak in the pan and cook one side to your liking (I like my steaks blue) flip it over.   Add prawns and garlic butter and lay Stilton on top of the steak.

cooking alfresco with the frontier stove

 

Once the under side of your steak is cooked to your liking, you can remove and serve.

Make sure you have a plate big enough unlike me as I had to eat out of the pan.

Serve with your favourite beer. I tried an oatmeal stout which went down really well.

Take your stove and head to the beach and have ago at cooking alfresco with the frontier stove.

cooking alfresco with the frontier stove
Stove is made by www.anevay.com

 

 

 

 

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Swiss Army Rocket Stove

Swiss Army Rocket Stove

Ive had a Swiss Army Rocket Stove for about 4 years now and recently haven’t used it that much.

It is on the top of my list as a versatile and easy to use lightweight stove.

Originally the Swiss Army used these stoves.

I love the way that you can either heat water straight in the bottle or by using the cup.

The advantage of using the cup is that you only need to heat the amount of water you need

If you are using water that you need to purify by boiling this can be done straight in the bottle.

The Swiss Army Rocket Stove itself is a basic rocket stove it doesn’t gasify the products of combustion so small pieces of fuel are required (sticks / pine cones).

You could us it with Hexi-blocks or a meths burner can be placed inside.

 

As you can see from this post about stoves I do have a large collection of stove and they each have there advantages and disadvantages.

The disadvantage with this stove is the fact you need to be able to find dry fuel.

I guess you could you use hexamine blocks but that’s something I haven’t tried.

These stoves are great if you are hiking through a wood.

Just watch out that you don’t get it too hot as a friend found out the back of the stove melted (it is only aluminium).

Remember fatwood burns really hot and will leave your stove in a mess so a cloth bag to keep it in will stop the rest of your kit going black.

 

swiss army rocket stove
Swiss Army Stove in use

Have a go these stove aren’t very expensive at £17.00 (unissued) or £15.00 (issued) they won’t break the bank.  These stoves can be found online at Military Mart

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