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Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Ronco Beef Jerky Machine
Ronco has always brought us affordable and innovative kitchen gadgets and machines and is a brand I have featured before. This year I am featuring the Ronco Beef Jerky Machine with 5-piece Jerky Kit. Not only can you make beef or poultry jerky, but it also comes with a jerky gun with 4 attachments for some jerky sticks and more.
I have never made jerky before and I dried out my first batch. It said to leave on 1- 1 1/2 days and after 18 hours it was hard as a rock. I googled and watched some You Tube videos and realized I had not marinated the meat very long but I also cut it way too small of chunks. My next batch was made with wider steak sizes and marinated several hours. It was actually done for us in about 12 hours.
I already had the marinade ingredients in my cupboard, so the 2 pounds of jerky just cost me the price of the meat which I found on clearance in the grocer. They cut it on a #4 slice in the meat department so it was the thickness I wanted. Once I got home I cut to size, marinated and dried it.
Having this unit works great. There are some other options like higher grade dehydrators with fans and temp control. Ronco makes such dehydrators if you choose. This unit is one setting-just plug in and it starts. It is so quiet. With this unit we got great jerky and the price can’t be beat. With a Beef Jerky machine like this on one setting I would just say that you do not want to overcrowd the racks because air flow is very important. The trays in this (an other dehydrators) tend to be plastic so never crowd a tray or overlap meat or veggies. If you do it as I did above you get great jerky. It save you a lot of money too.
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