The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 5 – Saudi Baharat Jerky

I’m on a roll this week.  My food dehydrator has never had this much use.  It triumphed with the last batch of jerky, has had a couple of runs making kale chips and now it’s set for yet another round of the Great Jerky Experiment.  I’ve fallen in love with a delightful little spice blend that goes by the name of Saudi Baharat.  When I first tried it, I added it to beef chilli and I thought the spices were far too subtle with such a strong flavoured meat.  I’ve since added it to zucchini tagine and lately I’ve been using it as a marinade – see Saudi Baharat BBQ Chicken.  I haven’t actually tried it with lamb yet as Gewurzhaus suggests.

Gewurzhaus Saudi Baharat
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I thought I’d give it a go with kangaroo, which brings us to The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 5. Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 2 – Kangaroo Biltong – Work In Progress

I may have set my hopes a little too high with this one.  I have fond memories of Biltong and I must say that while the result of Round 2 – Kangaroo Biltong is very edible and will most certainly be gone by the end of tomorrow, it’s just Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 2 – Kangaroo Biltong

After the surprisingly tasty success of Round 1, I’m going to attempt to make one of my favourite foods this week – Biltong.  I’m using kangaroo because it’s really lean (fatty meat makes for rancid jerky) and I can easily get it in fillets rather than steaks, so I can make nice long strips hopefully akin to the Biltong sticks I’ve purchased from South African grocers.  Next time I’d like to try using lamb back-strap for the same reasons.

I’m using this recipe as a guide, but with coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.  As I’m only using 300g of meat (I’m keeping this to small quantities until I’m confident I can consistently turn out a good jerky) I’ve used the following quantities for the dry rub: Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 1 – WINNER!

I did it! I made jerky!

It was a little touch and go there for a while.  As per my earlier post, forgetting to cut up the meat before marinating was the first hiccup.  Having NO idea how my dehydrator would work was another potential problem, but IT’S ALL OK! I HAVE JERKY!  AND IT TASTES GOOD! Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 1

Today is the day I attempt to make jerky for the first time.  Well, technically I started yesterday armed with my copy of “Just Jerky, The Complete Guide to Making It”. I began with step 1 – marinating the beef strips.  How card could it be?  Oh wait; that says strips doesn’t it?  Continue reading