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Originally posted by ANNED
I have been using the commercial WalMart dehydrators.
I have been able to find a number of them at thrift stores for $5 dollars and i buy only two brands
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
reply to post by Druid42
Very innovative, thanks for sharing..
It reminded me of another method I have been meaning to try..
Now I have two methods to see how they perform, I do have the regular dehydrator but you can only make so much at a time, I would much rather have a larger setup like you created
Originally posted by wastedown
Hey Druid, Great Thread!!!
Can you please post a pic or to of the internals where you connect the boxes?
Also, do you seal around the heater inside the smaller box to prevent the air escaping?
I have been doing a lot of research lately on storing food items without electricity.
My only issue with the design is the need for power. I was thinking though... in a SHTF situation the power could be acquired through some "black ops". If solar panels can be added to electric cars to run the air conditioning without using the main batteries, I am sure one could be "acquired" and adapted to power some small items like your dehydrator.
What are the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline's Recommendations for Making Homemade Jerky? Research findings support what the Hotline has been recommending to callers. Additionally, safe handling and preparation methods must always be used, including: Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after working with meat products. Use clean equipment and utensils. Keep meat and poultry refrigerated at 40 °F or slightly below; use or freeze ground beef and poultry within 2 days; whole red meats, within 3 to 5 days. Defrost frozen meat in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter. Marinate meat in the refrigerator. Don't save marinade to re-use. Marinades are used to tenderize and flavor the jerky before dehydrating it. Steam or roast meat to 160 °F and poultry to 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer before dehydrating it. Dry meats in a food dehydrator that has an adjustable temperature dial and will maintain a temperature of at least 130 to 140 °F throughout the drying process.