NOT a dumb question at all! I'm pretty new at it myself - Badge Bunny is the one who got me started - we all learn from each other here.I have never done meat in the dryer. I have an excalibur and would like to try ground beef. Do you add bread crumbs to it? I assume that I cook it first? Dumb questions maybe but I don't know.......:sssh:
Thanks so much, do you then put it up in jars or do you bag it?NOT a dumb question at all! I'm pretty new at it myself - Badge Bunny is the one who got me started - we all learn from each other here.
I boil my ground meat before dehydrating. I just put it in a large pan (like a stock kettle, but not quite that big), added water to cover the meat plus another inch or two then boiled it. As it boils, I work at breaking up the beef to the size that I like.
By boiling it, it cooks evenly and also removes excess grease (you want to eliminate grease when you dehydrate). When it's all cooked through I pour it through a mesh strainer to get rid of the water (you can save the water and can it - beef stock). Then I pat it with paper towels and put it lay it out evenly on the dehydrator trays.
Hope that helps.