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How to Re-hydrate Dried Meat

Re-hydrate dried meat to cook with it

Let’s say you have a lot of dried meat, jerky, properly stored and preserved for your family’s needs and it is now time to pull it out and use it. Are you going to hand your family a hard piece of dried meat and let them chew on it or are you going to use it in a prepared recipe? Chewy jerky is great, for a snack or an occasional meal but, softening the meat by putting liquid back into it and approximating its original texture is what you really want to do with dried meat.

For larger amounts of dried meat:

Dried meat keeps well, re-hydrated meat should be eaten or refrigerated

Place the dried meat in a metal pan or glass bowl.

Pour boiling water over the meat on about a 1:1 ratio. You don’t want to use more water than can be absorbed as you’ll lose nutrients into the soaking liquid. If you do have liquid left over that is not reabsorbed, add it to your meal somewhere else – don’t throw it away.

It takes up to about 4 hours to completely rehydrate dried meat. Your desired texture may be reached before that, so check the meat frequently. If you want complete re-hydration you should consider refrigerating the meat and water after the first 2 hours to keep any bacterial problems to a minimum.

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Listening to elders who lived during the Great Depression gave me the lifelong passion to prepare for lean times during good times. Gardening, canning and preserving foods, restoring old barns into homes, geology and sailing are some of my interests. I am a Christian having placed my faith in Jesus Christ.
I am a grandmother to five children and mother to one extraordinarily wonderful daughter.

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