Foodie Friday: Turkey Jerkey!

I’ve been waiting for the colder weather to try making my own turkey jerky — having the oven on for 6-10 hours isn’t ideal when it’s 80 degrees outside, right?

I’m pretty well hooked on Trader Joe’s turkey/beef jerky — so, so good but at $6 for a bag that I can eat in one sitting, kind of expensive so I figured I’d try making it myself.  I mean, how hard can it be, right?

I found this recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple (lots of good information here even though I don’t subscribe wholeheartedly to the Paleo/Primal way of life) and it’s on my agenda to make it this weekend.

And making it myself, I know that there isn’t anything added that doesn’t need to be added, and it’s all healthy and such.  A great protein snack!

And look at this, doesn’t it look awesome?

An action shot of the turkey dehydrating

I’ll report back on how it turns out!  I’m hoping it’s as good as the blog post says it is…

Update 10/27/2013:

Well, the verdict is an optimistic thumbs up.


My finished product was good, not phenomenal … but I think I can do better.  I want to do this again and slice it a little thicker (the thin slices end up being more crunchy than chewy) and play around with the spices and/or try a marinade.  That said, it’s not like I’m throwing out what I made — I’ll enjoy it and am looking forward to experimenting with the recipe.

My finished product… yum!

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