Jerky shrinkge

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by drifterdon, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Well I dug my 6 year old but brand new jerky gun out this weekend and made up some jerky in my dehydrator.

    It tastes great but I was really surprised at how much it shrunk and also how much fat came out of it.

    I used store bought lean ground beef from a local butcher but I don't know what the fat % was.

    I was just wondering if I were to grind my own burger and keep all the fat out that I can, will it shrink less?

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nope. You get about a 60%+ loss in weight when makng jerky, smoked fish etc. your basically sucking all the moisture (weight) out of the meat. Leaner meat will make a better product though. If you are getting white fat on the surface of your jerky you are smoking it too hot.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014
  3. Thanks DirtSailor2003,

    No white fat on the jerky but sure had a lot drip out while drying.
  4. canadianbacon

    canadianbacon Fire Starter

    When i use lean i put it in parchment paper and i get a scary amount of fat leakege. Therefor i spend the extra moneny on extra lean and dab up fat as i see it with paper towel. There is a big % differnce from lean and extra lean i bought. Aslo. The extra lean tasted better to me and was easyer and quicker to dry in my smoker. Lean made a mess aswell
  5. falco78

    falco78 Fire Starter

    I like the ground turkey as it is super lean and really takes on the taste of whatever you add to it

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