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Beef Jerky Question for Carnivores!

JuicyHMouse | Feb 15, 201409:34 AM

Herbivore here...

Dear Chowhounds,

I know beef jerky is not by any means haute cuisine, but I remember being very, VERY fond of it as a child (I've been a vegetarian for most of my conscious life) so maybe a similarly beef-jerky-crazed samaritan will help a girl out...

I am making beef jerky as a gift for someone -- a quite grotesque thing for a vegetarian to do -- and I have no idea what I'm doing. I went to Whole Foods with a recipe in hand which called for "Lean Beef Sirloin Tips" and Whole Foods did not have lean beef sirloin tips, so I merely substituted for what they did have -- "Beef Sirloin Tips". A simple matter, but of course.

Well, out they came from the dehydrator and there are WHITE FAT SPOTS interspersed throughout. I mean DUH, what did I THINK was going to happen?! So my question is, are these inedible? Should I not give these as a gift and start over? This batch cost me $27, sigh.

Salami and pepperoni have fat in them, and they're still good! I don't know. Help!

A Silly Vegetarian

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