Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Juicy Beef Jerky

It's Halloweenie week! I watched Halloween movies all weekend... in my pj's... on the couch... while eating coconut milk ice cream and beef jerky. It was great! Well, I did that after the Barbell for Boobs event at Ternion CrossFit. Which by the way raised $1304.40 for the "Mammograms in Action" foundation! Pretty awesome since the box was born merely 6 weeks ago!! It was a blast and I had the reason to wear pink head-to-toe, okay that's really not uncommon but whatevs. I made these cute little ribbons (idea stolen from my friend/cousin Jamie) and went around town selling them to try to raise money for the cause. While doing this, I learned a few things:

1. It is extremely humbling to ask for money and I feel for anyone who actually HAS to do that to do basic things like eat.
2. People can be are freaking rude jerks.
3. People can be extremely generous and have huge hearts.

All in all it was a huge success and I can't wait to do it all again next year. Now I would like to share a recipe with you, if you're into that sort of thing?!

Juicy Beef Jerky

*Requires a Food Dehydrator*
2 lbs flank steak, cut into strips or chunks
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup tamari
1/8 cup honey
1tsp. sesame seeds
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper

Place strips of meat in a gallon-sized plastic bag. In a mixing bowl, whisk the broth, tamari, honey, seeds, garlic and red pepper. Once the mixture is combined, pour it into the baggie along with the meat. Make sure all air has been let out and the bag is sealed, then shake the bag to cover all of the meat. Refrigerate for 24 hrs. After, remove from the fridge and place meat in a food dehydrator, being careful not to crowd or overlap the meat. You want it evenly distributed on the trays of your dehydrator. Increase temperature to 135 and allow to dehydrate for about 12-16 hrs. If you want a drier, more "traditional" jerky (as pictured) go about 24 hrs.

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