Powdery crust forms on jerry while dehydrating

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by belgianboy, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. belgianboy

    belgianboy Newbie

    When I am dehydrating beef jerky sometimes a powdery crust forms just on some pieces and it gives it a different taste does anyone know what this is
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is this with cured meat, or just marinated and precooked jerky?

  3. belgianboy

    belgianboy Newbie

    Cured meat
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Possibly the salt after drying...
  5. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Poor Jerry.
  6. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah, I'd say salt, as well. You could scrape it off and taste it, to be sure...shouldn't be any safety issue.

    I don't recall ever running into that with cured jerky I've smoked and dried. I use Morton's Tender-Quick and mix my own spices...if you're a bit under a Tbsp of salt/lb of meat should be fine. Even that ratio seems pretty salty to the taste.


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