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Originally posted by undo
so technically, if you had a holder for a hair dryer, like a blow dryer, you could rig something like this up on a smaller scale?
i'd like to make fruit jerky and veggie jerky.
Originally posted by notsosunny
This is just great and exactly what I was looking for.
I was wondering ...
If I put two or three skewers and a piece of something like aluminium screening on the skewers....do you think it would work?
That way I can dry slices of bananas and such.
I have one of these small heaters and I want to start tomorrow.
Thank you so much!!
Originally posted by felonius
reply to post by Druid42
are a freakin genius!!!
I only have one question.
Can you come up with a cheap source of meat LOL!
I've seen where you can use pig but I'm just too chicken to try (sorry for the joke but i'm actually serious).
have you done this? What was your method for safety? I've done a ton of beef and venison.
Plenty of salt (preservative), a lot of black pepper (I like it with kick), Worcestershire, soy.
It just occured to me, in place of syrup, why not honey? Honey is antibacterial and will inhibit growth.
Funny, you make beer and I make wine.
whats your beer recipe if you dont mind?
Originally posted by argentus
reply to post by Druid42
Good on you Druid, for introducing and getting us thinking about dehydration. One of the hardest things in my experience to dehydrate are tomato seeds; there is a fine balance between heat, air movement and humidity that makes for drying a delicate seed such that it can be used to grow a plant.
Good job. BTW, your jerkey looks to have that perfect glaze that makes it last a long time. My Mom taught me how to make pemmican and she also made jerkey. If it is properly salinated and has a baked glaze, that is almost bacterially impervious and can be stored away for a very long time and still be fit to eat. Can't tell for certain, of course, but your jerkey has the appearance of that baked glaze.
Mom always said, "make sure you cut all the fat off the beef before making jerkey. It won't do you any good; it won't do anything but turn rancid."
Originally posted by AngryAlien
That's really cool. Perhaps for your next project you could try to make a solar version of this, similar to a solar oven. That would be really helpful for when there's no power.
Originally posted by Destinyone
reply to post by SheopleNation
I live on top of the mountain in a rural area. Nice and sunny spring through fall...make a bunch of jerkied meats fruits and veggies during the hot season. Store it for the winter. I like. Also thinking of using the OP's box design without the lid, using a system of mirrors/polished metal to collect and direct heat. Use sheer netting to keep the bugs out.
I am really liking this thread.