A turkey jerky recipe

Turkey Jerky Recipe

Turkey Jerky is a delicious, healthy snack that is perfect for on-the-go eating. It is high in protein and low in fat, making it an ideal snack for people who are trying to lose weight or maintain their weight. Turkey jerky is also a good source of energy so it can help you power through your day.

Top 5 Reasons to Try Turkey Jerky:

  1. It’s a healthy alternative to other kinds of jerky.
  2. Turkey is lean meat, so it’s a good source of protein.
  3. Jerky is a great way to get your daily dose of protein without having to eat a lot of meat.
  4. Turkey jerky is easy to make and doesn’t require any special equipment.
  5. You can control the amount of salt and spices in your turkey jerky, so it’s perfect for those on a low-sodium diet.

Ingredients for the Turkey Jerky

Ingredients for the Turkey Jerky
Ingredients for the Turkey jerky

Turkey for Our Jerky

For my recipe, I bought it at Weis for $5.35/per 1 lb.

Turkey for our Jerky
Turkey for our jerky

I weighed the turkey to determine how much jerky would be left after the dehydration.

Weighing turkey in grams
Weighing turkey in grams

Turkey is hard to slice when it is not frozen. It can be hard to cut if the turkey is too soft or too cold, so you can put it in the freezer for a while ( 1 – 2 hours) so that it is easier to slice.

Cutting our turkey
Cutting our turkey

Marinade for Turkey Jerky

Gathering everything together and preparing the marinade is the next step. The ingredients mentioned above must be combined in the correct proportions.

See the measuring cup below.

Measuring cup for coking the marinade

Now combine the turkey and marinade, and let it sit for six to twenty-four hours. The flavor of the turkey gets greater the longer it is marinated.

Mixing the marinade and turkey
Mixing the marinade and turkey

Dehydrating Turkey

After marinating the turkey, the paper towel(s) will absorb any extra liquid.

Placing the turkey on a paper towel
Placing the turkey on a paper towel

You can use aan oven or an electric smoker, but a dehydrator is preferred because it is easier to use and less expensive. On Amazon, you could purchase one.

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  • EXPANDABLE TO 12 TRAYS: Comes with five (13 1/2″ diameter) trays and expands up to 12 trays so you can dry large quantities at once with no tray rotation needed; additional trays sold separately
  • EXPANDABLE TO 12 TRAYS: Comes with five (13 1/2″ diameter) trays and expands up to 12 trays so you can dry large quantities at once with no tray rotation needed; additional trays sold separately
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: (2) Fruit Roll Sheet, (2) Clean-A-Screens, a sample of Jerky Seasoning & Cure, and (1) Care & Use Guide
Turkey is placed on the dehydrator for drying
Turkey is placed on the dehydrator for drying

The turkey should be dried for 5 to 7 hours at 160 degrees F. It took 6 hours for our hand-cut slices to reach the ideal level of crispiness. If you choose to dry at lower temperatures, be careful to modify your drying time to account for the temperature drop. Plan on 7 hours of drying time at 145 degrees Fahrenheit and 10 hours of drying time at 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turkey looks like after dehydration
Turkey looks like after dehydration

You will get about 1/3 of the weight of the turkey in jerky. Our pound of turkey turned into or 195 grams or 6.9 oz. !

Weighing meat after cooking in grams
Weighing meat after cooking in grams

Recipe

This recipe serves 4 people and requires for me 14 hours and 30 minutes:

  • preparation time: 30 minutes
  • marinade time: 8 hours
  • drying time: 6 hours
Ingredients   Cost
1 lb. of turkey;   $5.35 per 1 lb. at Weis
1 teaspoon of Hot pepper sauce   $9.99 for 5 oz. a container in Walmart
1 teaspoon (tsp) is equal to 0.17 ounce (oz.) and 0.33 cents
1 tablespoon seasoning spices   $2.18 for a 6 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp per oz. = 0.36 cents and 0.18 cents per 1 tbsp )
1/4 cup of vinegar   Between $2.27 per 16 oz. container in Walmart
(1/2 cup or 1 oz. = 0.14 cents)
1 teaspoon sea salt   $1.96 for 2.12 oz. a container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.15 cents
1/2 teaspoon coriander ground   Between $4 and $5 for a 1.52 oz. container
(which comes out to 20 cents for 1/2 teaspoon coriander ground)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon   $1.18 for 2.5 oz. a container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1/2 teaspoon equates to 0.24 cents)
1 teaspoon garlic powder   Between $4 and $5 for a 2.33 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.28 cents
Total Cost:   $6.87/6.9 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

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A turkey jerky recipe

Turkey Jerky Recipe

Turkey Jerky is a delicious, healthy snack that is perfect for on-the-go eating. It is high in protein and low in fat, making it an ideal snack for people who are trying to lose weight or maintain their weight. Turkey jerky is also a good source of energy so it can help you power through your day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Marinade Time: 8 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Jerky
Servings: 4
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Charles
Cost: $6.87

Ingredients

  • 1 lb turkey
  • 1 teaspoon of Hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning spices
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Instructions

  • Freeze your turkey for one-two hours before slicing it into 1-inch-thick slices.
  • Prepare a marinade and mix it with your turkey
  • Place the mixture in the fridge and leave it there for 7–24 hours.
  • Dry for 5-7 hours at 160 degrees Farengates in a food dehydrator. Plan on 7 hours of drying time at 145 degrees Fahrenheit and 10 hours of drying time at 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition

Serving: 48.8g | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.7g | Protein: 19.5g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 4.2g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg
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