Friday, December 26, 2014

Turkey Jerky Sugar Free and Low Carb




    I was looking for an on the go protein source that follows the Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, I couldn't find anything that was plan approved and affordable. So I started racking my brain for a way to make my own. I've made venison jerky in the past when my kids were young, but had no source for venison so I figured extra lean turkey would work in a pinch. I was right!! 

    I took a trip to the grocery store and purchased some extra lean (96%-99%) ground turkey. We had all the spices, so I was then on a hunt for a Jerky Gun . I found one for a reasonable price at Farm and Fleet. I pitched the jerky seasonings that came with it as they contain sugar and a bunch of other ingredients that are off plan.

    We no longer have a dehydrator (that's on Rick's wish list), so I decided to dry the jerky in the oven, yep that worked too, YAY!!!
Here's the recipe I used.

Turkey Jerky Sugar Free and Low Carb

Printable recipe

3 lbs of ground turkey (Extra Lean) 

5 tsp garlic powder

4 tsp onion powder

3 tsp salt

2 tsp ground black pepper

1 ¼ cups Fat free Chicken broth

1 TBS liquid smoke

1 tsp blackstrap molasses


Directions:

Place the ground Turkey, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and ground black pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Stir together the chicken broth, liquid smoke, and molasses, and then pour it into the mixing bowl with the ground beef. Stir until well combined.

Cover and marinate for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Form the meat into strips, about 1/8-1/4" thick, using a jerky gun or by using your hands or a rolling pin to flatten the meat into strips or whatever shape you desire.

Dehydrate in a 200 degrees (F) oven for 6-12 hours.

Place the jerky strips on paper towels to cool and to absorb any excess fat.

Consume within 24-48 hours at room temperature, or store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 7 days.

 For long-term storage, freeze in an air tight container and consume within 3-4 months.

This is the Jerky Gun that I purchased...
 
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