How to Make waterfowl jerky in the oven.
If you’re married to a hunter then you know there is some game meat your family really likes and some they do not.
Waterfowl meat is not one of my family’s favorites but we have found a recipe for ground waterfowl jerky that we all love. I even gave some jerky to a few friends and they had no idea it was made from waterfowl.
To make this recipe you will need some food processing equipment. We process all of our own game as many do. Investing in good food processing equipment is totally worth it and comes in handy for processing meat and a variety of canning and preserving staples that fill our pantry.
To Make This We Used:
- 1 HP Commercial Grade Meat Grinder
- High Mountain Jerky Cures (Hickory Blend)
- Jerky Gun
- 3-Tier Wire Jerky Rack
- Meat Thermometer
- Digital Food Scale
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First, start by grinding up the meat in your meat grinder and weighing it. The amount of meat you are working with will determine how much jerky seasoning and cure you will use.
We like to use Hi Mountain Jerky seasoning and cure we used can be used for as little as 1 lb or as much as 15 lbs at a time.
Once your meat is ground up measure out the proper amount of seasoning and cure, mix well, and cover. Refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours.
What temperature do you cook jerky in the oven?
When you’re ready to make the jerky preheat the oven to 170°. Load the jerky gun with the tip that you prefer (cooking time will vary depending on the style of jerky you make).
How to make waterfowl jerky in the oven
Using the jerky blaster pipe the jerky directly onto the wire jerky rack and use a knife to disconnect the meat at the end of the row. Continue this process leaving even spacing between rows until all three racks are full or you’ve used all your meat.
Place the 3 Tier Wire Jerky Rack on the lowest rack in your oven and set a timer for 60 minutes. At this time I prefer to rotate the racks and set the timer for another 60 minutes.
Can I make jerky in a convection oven?
Yes, convection ovens are a terrific way to make jerky. The air circulating around the oven helps to dry out the jerky evenly. You’ll still want to set the oven to a low temperature like 170° and the convection setting may take less time than the traditional oven method.
How do you know when jerky is done?
This style of strip jerky is fairly thin and should take between 2-3 hours depending on the thickness. The jerky will be done when it bends and cracks but does not break in half. Some styles of jerky will take longer than others. In my experience, it usually takes between 2-3 hours.
Factors may vary from my oven to yours so cooking times are just approximate. All poultry should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°.