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Making Turkey Jerky

I need some help right away! My son harvested a tom turkey (spring turkey season) this a.m. and wants me to do turkey breast jerky in the dehydrator for him.

I won't have a problem with the marinade (unless someone would like to recommend a really good marinade for turkey) but I am not knowledgable about cutting or stripping the meat before it goes in the marinade.


Do I cut the breast meat across the grain or with the grain?

Any other tips would also be appreciated.




Making Turkey Jerky

If you cut the meat with the grain the finished jerky will stay together. Cutting against the grain makes a jerky that will crumble apart...I know. Also cut off all fat before dehydrating. Your house is going to smell wonderful!! We love homemade jerky around here. (04/24/2005)

By valleyrimgirl

Making Turkey Jerky

So, is there decent marinade? Without MSG, I hope? I once met an Arizona Native American, who lived in the mountains, and said that his family hung meats out on a line in the sun to dry for all of their jerky. Does this make sense? Seems like it would catch flies, attract animals, and absorb pollution in general. What do you think? I'd love to make some, but my dehydrator is electric and takes LOTS of electricity to do well. Does anyone know of a Solor Dehydrator for use in the Winter sun? (11/20/2006)


By Lynda

Making Turkey Jerky

This reminds me of the time we were listing our house and when the realtor brought prospective buyers through, they loved the smell of my jerky drying in the food dehydrator. Didn't buy the house though. Too funny (11/21/2007)

By aitkin

Making Turkey Jerky

I got sick of the high price of turkey jerky. It is a great low-fat high protein snack so after extensive experimentation here is what I consider to be a really, really good turkey jerky recipe.

#1- buy extra lean turkey breast meat. I buy packaged 99% fat free. Slice into thin strips the size you like to eat.

#2-Buy some good teriyaki sauce..the kind that is thick. Mix teryaki with Thai Chili sauce, soy sauce, Louisiana Hot sauce and a few squirts of liquid smoke. Marinate turkey strips in this sauce for at least two days. I usually do three days.


#3-Lay out on small racks that have plenty of air space. I bought two at a local grocery for $5 each and they are Teflon coated.

#4-Put in oven at no higher than 170 degrees for four to six hours or until they look the way you like jerky. About two
hours in I turn all the strips and coat with a layer of the sauce left over from marinating the turkey.

#5-Store you homemade jerky in the fridge as it doesn't have all the preservatives the store bought has.

By L.B. Lockwood from Rockford, Michigan

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