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Is a cure needed for making beef jerky ?

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Is a cure needed for making beef jerky ?

pondrat | Aug 19, 2008 10:23 AM

My food dehydrator just arrived and in reviewing the recipe book I noticed that a cure of salt and sodium nitrite is listed as an ingredient (or their NESCO jerky cure mix made up of same). Then I look at other jerky recipes and see no cure mentioned.

Any advice on the risk of dehydrating beef without the cure and just marinating as usual ? There's also mention of heating the meat to 160 BEFORE dehydrating...Doesn't seem to make sense. The dehydrator has the ability to heat up to 155 but I hear heat doesn't produce the best jerky.

I thought this was going to be easy...Put thin marinated beef in dehydrator...come back in 8 hours and eat jerky.

Advice welcome from the jerky veterans.

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