How to Make Dried Beef

By G.K. Bayne

Before refrigeration, drying beef was the preferred method for preserving the meat for future use. Today beef jerky, a type of seasoned dried beef, is still very popular. In days gone by, dried beef was made on screens in the sun, but today it can be dried in the oven or a dehydrator.

Slice the roast into strips approximately 1/4” thick, or have your butcher do this for you.

Lay each strip in a single layer on the rack that fits a shallow roasting pan.

Turn the oven on at the lowest possible setting. On most electric stoves, this will be approximately 170 degrees. For a gas stove, the heat from the pilot light will probably generate enough heat.

Place the baking pan in the oven for 12 hours or overnight.

Remove from the oven and quickly turn each slice of meat over. Return to the oven for another 6 to 12 hours or until the meat is dry but not crisp. The dried beef should bend, but not break without effort.

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I am a full time freelance writer living in the Arkansas Ozarks. Over the course of the last thirty years of writing, I have had dozens of short stories and hundreds of web content articles published. I maintain my own informational website, Backwoods Living and am a member of Writers Village University where I continue to hone my writing skills.