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Dried jerky to long. How do I save it.

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by miamited, May 6, 2013.

  1. miamited

    miamited Fire Starter

    I made some beef jerky and left it in to long. Now it is way to dry. Not chewy at all. I tried putting some in a sandwich bag and that in a gallon zip lock with a wet paper towel. Heated that slightly in the microwave to bring some of the moisture out of the paper towel and left it in for about a day. The jerky did not absorb any of the moisture.

    Any ideas on how to save the jerky? I would hate to throw out a few pounds of meat.

  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Try freezing some & thawing it???

    I slice & freeze a lot of Smoked Ham, and whenever I thaw it out, it's dripping moist.

    Not saying this will work, but you never know.

  3. miamited

    miamited Fire Starter


    Sorry I didn't get back sooner to thank you. I had to freeze it twice, but it helped.
  4. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That's Great !!!

    I didn't know if it would work on dry jerky, but I'm glad it helped.

  5. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Smoking Fanatic

    Make some jerky stuff out of it. grind it up in a food processor and a little pinch between the cheek and gum will get the spit glands moving. The convenience stores sell it in a snuff like container and the kids eat it up.

  6. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member


    I forgot all about that stuff-----That's been out a long time, and I bought it when I was a kid !!!

    Great idea to make your own!!!

  7. If you dry beef jerky for too long, it's both overcooked and over-dehydrated. 1 lb. of boiling water to 1lb. of beef jerky is enough to moisturize it back to its original state, in terms of water content. It takes about an hour, and tastes better if you use beef broth and other ingredients, like garlic powder or BBQ sauce!
  8. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I thought jerky snuff went the way of candy cigarettes? They still sell it...

  9. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    I remember the jerky snuff, used to buy it as a kid and eat it while hunting...before I started chewing the real stuff. I wonder if that contributed to it.

    I still think they make it. I recall seeing it made by Wild Bill’s not too long ago. The problem is, it’s a total ripoff like $4-6 a can...cheaper to buy a can of chew.
  10. Jerky chew is basically ground up jerky. Admittedly, it's also generally more tender as well.
  11. nanuk

    nanuk Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I don't get it.... drying doesn't cook it... so it can't be over cooked... or am I missing something?
  12. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Don't sniff Jerky snuff up your nose!

    All that too dry of Jerky needs is more beer with it.

    I usually run mine 4 hours. Seems to be about right.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  13. Lonzinomaker

    Lonzinomaker Smoke Blower

    Alton Brown in a Good Eats episode diced up a bunch of jerky and made chipped beef gravy on toast. Maybe your overly dry jerky would rehydrate in gravy and be good.
  14. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I had Jerky years ago that was too Dry, that I chopped up pretty fine & mixed it with Mayo & Horseradish.
    Then made Sammies with it, kinda like Deviled Ham Spread, only Beef. Worked Great !!

    miamited likes this.
  15. nepas

    nepas Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Put it in a zip lock bag with a couple slices of bread.
  16. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use to put a thin slice of Apple, wrapped in a piece of paper towel, in my can of Prince Albert to keep my tabacky moist.
    Yeah, I use to roll my own.
  17. nanuk

    nanuk Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    you could always dry it more, and make pemmican out of it.