I'm writing this as I'm doing it, so i dont have a finished product yet, but I've seen it done online so i dont have any doubts it will work.
20" Box Fan
3 20" Cotton Based AC filters
2 24" Bungee Chords
1lb Thin sliced Beef Top Round
1lb Beef stir fry
Optional** Meat Cure
Step 1: Buy the Meat, Fan, and AC Filters
For the meat, i bought 2 kinds. I've never done this so i wanted to test 2 different kinds of meats.
the first kind of meat that i bought was boneless stir fry beef. I figured it was thinl enough and precut into bite size pieces so why not.
The second kind of steak i bought was boneless top round that was think sliced. Again, convenience of being thinly sliced already. You dont want anything too thick because it wont dry out fast enough.
Step 2: Make a Marinade
You can find all kinds of marinade recipes online but i chose to wing it. We'll see if it pays off.
and a Meat Cure packet that i got with my dehydrator.
I've never seen anyone use this for whole meat, but what can i say... I'm paranoid. You're supposed to use it for ground meat (hamburger, etc). It's probably an unnecessary step, but i did it anyway.
I poured everything into the bowl without measuring it.. Like i said, i just eyeballed it. I made sure the sauce was enough to fully marinade the meat though. I didnt want to come up short on how flavorful the meat would be.
Step 3: Prepare the Meat and Marinate
Step 4: Lay Out Meat and Let It Dry
a few things to note here:
I found COTTON Ac filters... i wouldnt use fiberglass or whatever
I found the tightest weave backed by steel grating so that the air flow was good, and the strength was good.
I laid the meat on the filter leaving some room for air circulation so that it would dry evenly (I hope).
Once i was done with the first sheet i layed the second on top of that with the veins gonig the opposite direction to hold the meat in place better. I then layed all the other meat on the top one.
I put the bigger chunks of meat on the lower filter (which will be closer to the fan) because they're going to need a little more time to dry i think.
finally, once all the meat is on the filters, use the last one to cover the whole thing up and make a double decker meat tray with the last one. (Filter/Meat/Filter/Meat/Filter)
Now, lay the fan on it's back and put the filters on top.
Use 2 bungee chords to keep the filters stuck to the front of the fan.
Now, go plug it in and wait for about 10 hours and have some jerky!