dehydrated meat sticks safe?

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by dwsmith43, May 3, 2013.

  1. dwsmith43

    dwsmith43 Fire Starter

    Do I need to use cure #1? I normally pick up a pound of jimmy dean sausage and a pound of 90/10 ground round. Season it up with some Tony's Cajon spice, load it in my empty food grade silicone tube/caulk gun and shoot out about 60 sticks onto my dehydrator trays and run it at 150 ish for four hours. Family eats it up within two days. If I have to use a cure I will. But we really like these flavors. Any input appreciated.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    dw, morning.....  Here's some light reading that will answer a few more questions for you....      Dave

    USDA Recommended Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures

    • Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. For reasons of personal preference, consumers may choose to cook meat to higher temperatures.
    • Cook all raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to an internal temperature of 160 °F as measured with a food thermometer.
    • Cook all poultry to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer.
    Last edited: May 4, 2013
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You don't need to use cure because the IT will get above 135*F in much less than 4 hours because the sticks are so thin. But as Dave pointed out you should take the meat to 160*F for max safety. You will need to get the Smoker temp at or above 160*F to get the job done, 150*F is just too low...JJ
  4. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cure is OPT if your going right into the dehydrator.
  5. dwsmith43

    dwsmith43 Fire Starter

    Thanks for the prompt response. By the way. Doing up a batch of beef jerky in my homemade smoker. Converted dishwasher. Using your recipe Nepas. Excited to taste it. Smells so good.
  6. DW,

    The advice given is sound...

    When you get a chance be sure to post some pics of your smoker...sounds intriguing?


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