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Member: DeanL



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02/17/2008 04:42PM
I see alot of flexibility with planning meals around dehydrated hamburger and there's lots of discussion on how to do it with a dehydrator. But after all the gear shopping, I'm just not up to buying the dehydrator yet. Has anyone had success with dehydrating hamburger in the oven?
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Arkansas Man
02/17/2008 05:44PM
Should be no problem, just keep your heat low and don't let it burn...

02/17/2008 05:53PM
Usually the hard part is getting the oven temperature low enough. Set it as low as possible and keep the door slightly ajar. It should work for you.

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02/17/2008 09:38PM
My American Harvester dehydrator has an adjustable temperature control, from 95 to 155 degrees. I would set your oven to 150, spread out the rinsed ground beef on parchment paper on a baking sheet and give it a couple of hours.
Grandma L
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02/22/2008 07:21PM
Yes, I did our in the oven before I purchased my dehydrator. As they have said, rinse, blot, put on parchment and place in the oven. Though, keep the oven at 160 or slightly above to avoid the temperatures where bacteria grow the best. I would stir and respread every couple of hours to allow drying from all sides. This is a good time of year to do a "test" batch and perfect your techniques.
02/22/2008 07:32PM
fyi...fleet farm sale flyer page. nesco dehydrator.
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02/23/2008 10:59AM

a friend told me the cooking burger and rinseing with boiling
water is a dieting trick--gets the fat out..when i use a dehydrator
to do this i put it outside,otherwise over the hours it takes to
slowly dry the meat our house ends up smelling like a burger stand at the fair---something to think about if you use your oven-
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02/24/2008 08:56PM
I do put our dehudrator in the garage where the noise and smells stay isolated. With 12 trays (10 lbs. of beef) of jerky going at once, the smell is enough to entice the neighborhood dogs and kids.
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02/24/2008 10:15PM
Is it possible to dehydrate meats other than hamburger such as thin steaks or pork and if so would they trn out to be something that wouldn't gag a dog once rehydrated?
02/25/2008 08:44AM
Other meats are possible, but not worth it IMHO. Beef jerky is essentially dehydrated steak. Imagine rehydrating jerky. I have cubed steak and dehydrated it for stew. It is tough and chewy and takes forever to rehydrate. Use burger instead.

I have also done chicken. Unlike beef and venison, chicken must be cooked completely before dehydrating. When rehydrated it is rubbery. Much better to buy the foil packed stuff.
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02/25/2008 09:46AM
Had anyone ever tried gound turkey? Just curious since we substitute it alot for ground beef.
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02/25/2008 03:11PM
any ground meat is okay - sausage, beef, turkey, etc.
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02/28/2008 08:58PM
Any dehydrated meat that's going to be rehydrated needs to be in tiny little bits or its gonna be rubber or worse. Just take a look at what's in those freeze dried meals.

You'll recoupe the cost of your typical dehydrator (about 50 bucks) in your first trip or two since its much cheaper to dry your own meals than it is to buy them. You'll eat better too.
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