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Really Dry Jerky - Can It Be Hydrated?  
User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2453 posts, RR: 5
Posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Yea, it is a store bought brand so say what you will, but I do enjoy it. But my question is, is there a way to hydrate jerky so it has some moisture content? I occasionally run into some that makes balsa wood look like a wet noodle.

Any input is appreciated.


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6358 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1155 times:
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Do you want a recipe?

There is a dish, Northern Mexico fare, called "Caldillo". My father loved it. It´s essentially a vegetable soup, spicy, with rehydrated jerky. I don´t like it personally but here you won´t find a restaurant that does not serve it.

Let me know.


User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1378 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 1):

That sounds great!



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6358 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1112 times:
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Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 2):
That sounds great!

I´ll look up the recipe and post it here.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

I have a friend that likes to jerk his meat.
He's made jerky beef, jerky pork, jerky chicken and jerky buffalo. His wasn't as dry as the story bought jerky.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

LMAO..........Dry jerky ? The whole point of jerky is to get rid of the water, partly to reduce the weight, and partly to make it "keep"; if you lay meat in the sun, it will rot; (as I'm sure you already know); take all the water out.....and it will "keep" MUCH longer; (you "re-hydrate" it when you put it in your mouth to eat it) ( Do you have an unusually dry mouth ? )
Maybe try drinking a little beer first, to get your "juices flowing" ? ( Personally, I always feel like drinking a glass of ruby-red grapefruit juice immediately after eating jerky.)



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User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1378 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1093 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 3):

That would be awesome, thanks. Always looking for new stuff like that.



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1048 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 5):
The whole point of jerky is to get rid of the water

True, but you don't want to reduce it to 0%. If that happens then you could frame a picture with it.



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User currently offlinekiwirob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7563 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

Love jerky, which is another food you can't get in Norway.

User currently offlineAyostoLeon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 991 times:

Have you considered placing it in a bowl or a zip-lock bag containing wine, broth or even plain water so that it is completely immersed. Let it stand for a while. The wine or broth that you soak it in can be re-used if you don't want to throw it away. Alternatively, to hurry things up a bit use boiling water instead.

User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1378 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 929 times:

Quoting AyostoLeon (Reply 9):

This also sounds great. Thanks for that.



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 909 times:

Quoting AyostoLeon (Reply 9):

Yes, thanks indeed. I wasn't aware it could be that simple. Then again, it's just modifying the process in reverse, so....



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User currently offlineIADCA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1315 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 867 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
I have a friend that likes to jerk his meat.

I suspect you have more than one friend who enjoys jerking his meat. As a former resident of the Bay Area, I suspect you probably have quite a few who quite enjoy jerking each other's meat as well. (Really, how has this one slipped by everyone here?)

Now, as for preparing dried foodstuffs, I agree with the homemade approach. Buffalo works really well. The fat content is lower than beef so it doesn't get too greasy, but high enough that it doesn't get brittle, like pork and chicken tend to.

Any of you who are into multi-day backpacking should try out some jerky next time, if you haven't. Great pick-me-up and a lightweight protein source.


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