What is the most efficient way to dry / dehydrate whole steak roasts in a fridge

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by rbaghd, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. rbaghd

    rbaghd Newbie

    I had trouble drying steak roasts in my commercial fridge..

    Fridge powered by a 2/3 hp compressor, exposed coils/ drain, and no fan as seen below.

    With a little research, i discovered the light bulb trick: I ran a 200 w light bulb during the day and switched it off at night.

    i got better results, but still not dry enough. i noticed the lower part of the roast dries out fast while the top is still wet. Turning it upside down to get even dryness got the top dry part wet again..

    After a month, i got the power bill and wasn't too happy with that either.

    Is there a more efficient way to do this? any modification that could help? any tips/ ideas?

    Appreciate your feedback

  2. lamar

    lamar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    The amount of frost on the coil indicates to me that there is an awful amount of moisture in the cooler...........possibly from opening the door too often and letting more in. Is this cooler dedicated to drying this meat, or general purpose and often used?
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What are the final results you want of the meat.... Dry like chipped beef, beef jerky etc....
  4. rbaghd

    rbaghd Newbie

    photo taken after 200 w light bulb has been running all day. Now i turn off the fridge for 30 min to defrost (manual defrost). Turn it back on and let it run all night with light bulb off.

  5. rbaghd

    rbaghd Newbie

    Dear Lamar,

    Yes, cooler dedicated to drying this meat. Not opened too often, only few times a day. the fresh steak roasts i get here are a bit moist i guess.
  6. rbaghd

    rbaghd Newbie

    Dear Dave,

    The roast needs to be dry enough to run through a deli slicer and get thinly sliced. As dry as chipped beef (or Bresaola) would be good I think.

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