When making your own jerky, it is important to note that the beef loses roughly 60 percent of its weight in the process.
This is because of the high water content of beef meat and the unique process of evaporating the water from the meat as it is dried. As such, you should be aware that one pound of beef is not enough to produce one pound of jerky.
Although 60 percent is a good estimation of how much weight is lost when drying the beef, the actual amount of lost weight depends on many factors. These include the type and quality of the meat and the method employed for making your jerky.
The range of weight loss goes between 2:1 and 3:1. This means, that for one pound of beef jerky, you would need either two or three pounds of beef.
Being that most recipes employ five pounds of beef at the onset, this would produce anywhere from one and a half to two and a half pounds of beef jerky.
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