Super Easy Beef Jerky!

Ok, so if you are like me having quick and easy wholesome snacks on hand is a MUST! Seems like we are always on the go need a quick snack- one that’s healthy and filling.

One of my favorite grab-and-go snacks is beef jerky but most of the store bought brands are full of chemicals- msg and who knows what else! Plus, its sub-par beef and who knows how the heck it was processed.

Even the organic brands (that I have found) have sugar and “natural flavors”. When you are trying to heal your gut, you can’t take any chances with questionable ingredients.

So, I choose to make my own. There are only a few minutes of hands on/ prep time and the rest of the time is marinating or drying.

So here’s how you do it:

The whole process takes about 2 days but remember your hands on time is only about 15 minutes.

First, obtain your meat. You will want to use a non-fatty cut of steak (you could use beef or buffalo, etc) and put it in the freezer for about an hour to make cutting easier. Slice the beef into then strips.

Here is my favorite marinade recipe. It’s a little sweet, not too spicy but still very flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut aminos- about one cup depending on how much jerky you are making
  • Water- about 1/4 cup per one cup of coconut aminos (you could go full-on coconut aminos and eliminate the water if you want)
  • Lemon juice- one half lemon, fresh squeezed
  • Ginger- about 2 teas. freshly grated
  • Garlic- about 4 cloves- pressed
  • Sea Salt- just a little pinch

Mix all of the marinade ingredients in a large glass bowl that has a lid. Place the sliced beef in the marinade and put in the fridge overnight.

In the morning take the steak out of the marinade and put it on a drying rack (see pic) or just on a cookie sheet.

Here is how I lay mine out to dry:

After all the steak is laid out sprinkle freshly ground pepper all over. This is optional but gives it a little more flavor. 

Then, place it in the oven or dehydrator and let it dry. Mine usually takes about 3 hours in the convection oven when sliced thinly. Just make sure you watch yours so that it doesn’t get too dried out.

I don’t own a dehydrator that’s why I dry mine in a convection oven- set at 150 degrees. You could use a dehydrator if you have one or your oven will work fine too. If you are using your oven just be sure it is set at the lowest temp, ideally no higher than 200 degrees. You want to dry it- not cook it!

That’s it!

Super easy! Super delicious! Super healthy!

The perfect grab-and-go snack!!

What are your favorite grab-and-go snacks?

This post is part of Whole Food Wednesday, Simple Living Wednesday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Healthy 2 Day Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Simple Lives Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, Foodie Friday, Monday Mania, Make It Yourself Monday, Homested Barnhop, Traditional Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday

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7 Responses to Super Easy Beef Jerky!

  1. Kathy says:

    We like using venison for making jerky!

  2. I’ve never made it before but this looks easy and super tasty.

  3. I want to try this, but what is coconut aminos, and where do I get it?

    • Linnae says:

      The coconut aminos is a alternative to soy sauce. You can buy it on amazon if you can’t find it locally. Or you can use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos too. I prefer the coconut aminos because it is soy free. Soy can mess with your hormones so I try to avoid it. Both the Bragg’s and the Coconut are very good for you compared to traditional soy sauces made from genetically modified soy and msg, etc. I hope you try this- let me know what you think!!

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