Healthy Homemade Beef Jerky

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Making your own beef jerky is easier than you think. Unlike most store-bought products, my recipe is free of sugar and preservatives. I used minced meat because it's easier to work with and the end result is more tender than the more common sliced beef jerky.

Jerky is the ideal snack when travelling, and even be part of a complete meal when paired with healthy keto salad like Guacamole. I usually make two batches at once and store it in a ziploc bag in the freezer.

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Nutritional values (per serving, 2 slices)

0.4 grams 0.1 grams 10.8 grams 12.5 grams 4.8 grams 161 calories
Total Carbs0.5grams
Net Carbs0.4grams
of which Saturated4.8grams
Energy (calories)161kcal
Magnesium13mg (3% RDA)
Potassium203mg (10% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (1%), protein (27%), fat (72%). Nutrition facts are estimated and depend on the amount of fat and juices that are lost during the cooking process.

Ingredients (makes 16 slices, 8 servings)

Recommended: Since your oven will be on for 4-5 hours, make 2-3 batches at once!

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  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl: minced meat, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, salt and coconut aminos. Mix using your hands. Healthy Homemade Beef Jerky
  2. Place the meat mix on top of a strong parchment paper or a heatproof baking mat and press down using your hands to flatten. Use a rolling pin and roll out until you get a rectangular shape, about ¼ inch (½ cm) thick. Healthy Homemade Beef Jerky
  3. Pre-cut the jerky into thin slices using a pizza cutter. Place in the oven preheated to 190 F/ 90 C and cook for 4-5 hours, until dry. Drain the excess juices every 2 hours. Flipping the jerky on the other side half way through the cooking process will speed up the drying.
    If you decide to make two batches of beef jerky, make sure you use two baking sheets - each for one batch. You could also use a dehydrator and dry on a higher temperature setting. Healthy Homemade Beef Jerky
  4. When done, remove from the oven and let it cool down for 5 minutes. Using a pizza cutter, slice the pre-cut jerky. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a month, or freeze for up to 3 months. Healthy Homemade Beef Jerky
  5. Eat by itself or with low-carb dips like Guacamole, Baba Ganoush or Cheesy Low-Carb Dip. Healthy Homemade Beef Jerky Reserve the meat juices for cooking - it will add flavour to your meals! Simply pour in a jar and keep refrigerated for up to a week. Healthy Homemade Beef Jerky

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Are coconut amines essential?


You can skip it or use fish sauce instead - it's used just for flavour.


My jerky shriveled up in size. How did you get yours to stay thin? Does the meat itself have anything to do with it?


Hi Stephanie, I rolled it out quite thin (about 1/2 cm) and it's better to use leaner meat because the fat will cook out anyway. If the meat is too high in fat, it may affect the texture. Was it completely dehydrated?


Is there a fat content you recommend for jerky? I know if you use too lean of meat, hamburgers don't stick together!


It's the opposite for beef jerky. The leaner the better Smile


How can I make this beef jerky if the lowest temperature my oven offers is 150 C?


That's too high for beef jerky - do you have a dehydrator?


Am so grateful to have a beef jerky without sugar. Will be done in 4hrs...  can't wait!  Made your  awesome Baba Ganoush too so can't wait to use it for dipping!   Again thank you for another great recipe that's easy to make. Am most appreciative! 👍👍👍


Thank you for your kind words, Marybeth! Smile


Is there a substitute for the coconut aminos?  I know the coconut aminos were originally a substitute for something else, but have forgotten--I've been keto brain-washed!  Hubby can't do coconut.


Yes, you can use soy sauce - fermented soy products are fine in moderation.


It looks easy and delicious!  Is "minced meat" what US customers would call "ground beef"? Or is minced meat something different altogether?  Thank you for the recipe!!


Yes, that's correct, minced beef = ground beef Smile


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