Using a Dehydrator to Make Shelf Stable Ground Beef

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To see the Excalibur dehydrator I currently use, click here.  For a complete collection of dehydrators offered by Amazon, click here.Dehydrating tutorial

Hey Everyone! Thank you for all of the wonderful feedback on my Youtube Dehydrating videos! I’ve made another one for you this week on how I dehydrate ground beef in order to save money and space in my freezer! Dehydrated ground beef is shelf stable and rehydrates like a charm (I can’t tell the difference!).

Be sure and watch until the end to see what my ground beef looks like once it is rehydrated! Links to products I use in the video are below.

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Dehydrating is a wonderful way to preserve ground beef while leaving your freezer space free!

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**I am using an Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator with a timer. You can read more about it by clicking here.

**The dehydrator fruit leather sheets I use (on the bottom, to catch the tiny bits) can be purchased at 9 for around $10 by clicking here.

**To vacuum seal my mason jars, I use a Foodsaver (Click here for the one I have) with a Wide Mouth Mason Jar attachment. I’ll do a video on both of those soon.

To see the Excalibur dehydrator I currently use, click here.  For a complete collection of dehydrators offered by Amazon, click here.

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  1. I have been watching your videos on dehydrating veggies, rice and ground meat, and tonight I just had to buy a excalibur !!! Can’t wait to receive it and start. I quess the food saver will be next. LOL Thanks for all your good information.

  2. Hi Christy,
    I have to tell you that, because of your video on dehydrating frozen vegies, I bought a dehydrator just like yours. I LOVE IT!!!! I’ve made so many fun and delicious things with it. I get cases of apples thru our food coop and they are even better dried than fresh. I also use the peelings and cores to make applesauce which dehydrates into fabulous fruit leather. I’ve made beef and chicken jerky, but I didn’t think of dehydrating ground beef. What a great idea.

    Just a note…I dehydrated some frozen corn today. I thought I’d try flavoring it first. I used several different seasonings to see what we like best. My favorite is bar b que sauce. What a wonderful snack. You are so right…dehydrated corn is delicious…with or without seasoning.

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas, recipes and videos. I am a faithful follower of your site and look forward to what’s next.


  3. Great idea, I never thought about dehydrating beef. This would be a time saver when you start to make a meal. And you don’t have to worry about it going bad like raw meat. Thanks!

  4. I can to Southern Plate your the good food memories (and recipes to re-create them). But now I am picking up money saving tips too! Thanks. I do have one question, I know you love bacon grease, but where is the lard? Lard is so easy to render and fried food are actually less greasy when fried in it- plus my butcher gives me the fat for free!

  5. Love this – ground beef takes up so much room in my freezers! I have that same dehydrator and love it! I mostly use it for vegetables, especially onions – I can’t eat onions any other way and dried onions are so expensive compared to growing my own, slicing on my V-slicer, separating all the rings (I can usually get 3 large onions on the 9 trays) and drying outside for 24 hours (if you really enjoy the smell of onions, dry them in the house). Definitely need to know how to evacuate the air from the canning jars!!

  6. Christy thanks so much for the ideas on dehydrating. I have an excalibur but haven’t used it yet – chicken I guess – cluck cluck – anyway could you do a visdeo on fruits especially peaches so we can learn to make you mothers or grandmothers peach fried pies!! Thanks CJ

  7. I just ordered the dehydrator just like yours and should get it in 5-8 days! Can’t wait!!! Thank you so much for your videos! I love them all!

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