Testing A New Dehydrator With Pepper Garlic Jerky Seasoning
Testing out our NEW Weston 9in Meat Slicer and Weston 10 Tray Digital Dehydrator
Now, we’ve got the dehydrator set to 155F and we’re just waiting for things to finish.
I haven’t tried our Pepper and Garlic Jerky Seasoning yet, but by the smell, I’m already dying to taste it and it is sure to be fantastic!
For a small kitchen slicer, the Weston 9in Slicer works really well! It’s a nice a small unit but easy to use, slices really well, and cleanup was easy. It’s a great small unit to keep around in the kitchen. We also sliced some bread and cheese on it and I was quite impressed at how well it sliced. Keep an eye out for the full video review from WaltonsTV coming soon!
Getting ready for a new video and slicing on the new Weston 9in Meat Slicer
Jerky meat is sliced, marinated, and ready to go in the dehydrator
Weston 10 Tray Digital Dehydrator is loaded up with 10lb of jerky and ready to go
The jerky finished and it turned out awesome! I’m so glad I tried the Pepper and Garlic seasoning!
I left the dehydrator set at 155 for what ended up being just shy of 12 hours, to reach the level of consistency and dryness I like.
I also did need to rotate the trays a couple times, just to keep it cooking as evenly as possible.
For anyone else out there making jerky at home in an oven and/or a dehydrator, I’d really recommend using some Hickory Smoke Powder. I normally don’t use it since I normally smoke jerky in one of our smokehouses, but since I didn’t add any natural smoke, I added the hickory smoke powder to try and imitate the smoke flavor and it worked out beautifully. Definitely tastes like I had actually smoked it!
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@Austin do you sell replacement trays for this Dehydrator?
@SamOller Currently, I don’t have any extra trays, but I think that I probably could get them. Are you just asking out of curiosity, or do you need extra trays?
I’ll have to contact our vendor and see what we can do…
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@Austin I have a Dehydrator that needs trays, and these look like the same ones.
Just an FYI, everybody that received snack sticks for Christmas last year loved them… I just ordered another batch of Willie’s Snack Stick spice blend to do it again this year!
Jonathon, I have to agree that 275 is too hot… If you have the time I’d shoot for 225, but if it needs to be “done”, then 250 would be the max I would do…
I have always filled the water pan for everything I smoke… 2 reasons, first it does tend to add moisture during the long cook thus keeping the bark from turning to shoe leather… and second because the water pan acts as a heat sink and helps maintain the temperature (in my vertical propane smoker) a bit more accurately… I’ve heard folks tout using apple juice in the water pan to impart a sweeter flavor, but I’ve never tried it…
On the other hand, my dad smoked for years, mostly in a converted fridge with an electric hotplate in the bottom… he never used a water pan and never had an issue with dry meat…
As for the type of wood to use, that’s just a trial and error, personal preference thing… I happen to like steaks cooked with oak… that may be too strong a flavor for your taste (my GF hates it)… Recently I have been using a lot of maple for NC bbq, chicken and even cheese… I like the maple for the meats, but next batch of cheese will go back to the hickory / cherry mix that I was using…
I followed the instructions on the video. It may have something to do with the sausage not getting as firm as it should. I used the cotto salami on duck breast with pork fat. It sure tastes good. But it’s a little soft.
I’ve done a lot both ways. I would highly recommend a stuffer and I have the Weston grinder with the auger stuffing attachment. It’s slow, but if you’re doing 5# or 10# batches, it’s not that bad. I’ve had small 5# stuffer, old school cast iron Enterprise, 11# vertical and now a 35# hydraulic. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t trade the hydraulic but the 11# vertical I got on amazon had a lot of versatility. I think your bigger decision should be what type of stuffer should I buy. I would recommend the taller, smaller diameter instead of the large shorter one. The smaller diameter allow for a higher pressure for doing sticks with cure in them. The large short ones would be great for doing pork sausage or larger diameter casings, not 19-22mm sticks with cure. It would be fine as long as you’re doing fresh like breakfast or something like that. If you go the stuffer route I’d get it from Waltons and get the Weston-they stock parts, other no name from amazon is a one shot deal, once ours broke couldn’t find parts. Plus they have so many tube sizes now and Walton’s does a great job helping with casing and stuffing horn sizes, they carry them all.
I purchased a stuffer off Amazon for under $100 and would never go back to using the grinder. With the grinder, it was always a two man job and took forever. The stuffer is much faster and have no problems doing it all by myself. Plus with a hand crank stuffer, no electricity usage and wear and tear on your grinder.
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