So I went ahead and made my first video on using the Nesco FD-75A to make beef jerky! I was looking at the other videos out there and they are all 15-20 minutes long. My experience with making beef jerky with the Nesco FD-75A was a lot quicker and as you can see in the video I wasn’t even rushing it.
1. I am using the Nesco/American Harvest beef jerky/cure packs that came included with the FD-75A. There are some more elaborate recipes out there and I might get into these later.
2. This was literally my first time doing this, ever. I was following instructions that came in the box.
3. I was able to get the beef pre-cut at my local grocery store.
Overall this first experience with the Nesco was way easier than I thought it would be. The total time investment is very minimal considering most of the work is being done by simply waiting, with the marinade or with the actual drying. At 3 minutes a batch I can totally see myself doing this every week.
As far as I can tell, no fat or protein was lost in the process. There was a bit less than 1lb of meat put into this batch which yields a total of 101 g of protein, 35g of fat for a grand total of 744 calories. So far it has been stored for one day in the fridge and the flavor has improved a bit since then.
According to the box, homemade jerky will last up to a month if properly stored using refrigeration. This is probably a low number to cover legal liabilities so some testing needs to be done on that. Regardless, I think it might be a good idea to invest in a vacuum sealer which could probably extend that significantly.
Anyways, this is a great addition to my emergency supplies and I’m looking forward to using it more. If you want to get a Nesco FD-75A for yourself check out this link on amazon. Full disclosure – this is an affiliate link (gotta keep the lights on, people)