Homemade Lemon Pepper Recipe

I realized today that I had forgotten to post the Lemon Pepper recipe to go with the jerky.  So sorry!  Here it is:

1/2 cup black pepper

3 Tbs. dried lemon zest

1 1/2 Tbs. coriander seeds

2 Tbs. minced onion

2 Tbs. dried thyme

Put all the ingredients in a blender or spice grinder and process until it’s all a uniform size.  I actually use an electric coffee grinder.  It should be stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.  This recipe makes quite a lot and can be halved if necessary.

Jerky Recipe

1 bottle soy sauce

1 capful liquid smoke

Homemade lemon pepper

meat of your choice

So, OK, I know that’s kind of vague.  Here is what I did for mine.  I happened to have been blessed with about 50 pounds of venison a few months ago, so I used some venison backstrap.  But this recipe works equally well with beef or any other meat as far as I know.

  • I sliced the meat as thinly as I could.  The thinner the better.  I have found that it’s easier to slice meat very thin when it’s partially frozen.
  • I mixed up a 15 fl. oz. bottle of soy sauce and 1 capful of liquid smoke in a plastic container that had a lid that sealed.  A large ziplock baggie would work just as well.
  • Put the sliced meat in the mixture.  Make sure that all the meat is in the liquid.  It just so happened that one bottle of soy sauce was enough for the amount of meat that I had.  (See why it’s a little vague?)

My meat looked like this when I got it all in the container.

  • Put your container in the refrigerator to soak for at least over night.  You will need to turn it over periodically to make sure that it’s all saturated evenly.  Mine actually soaked overnight, and most of the next day.

This is what mine looked like after soaking.  Not a good picture, sorry.  The meat soaks up the liquid and the soy sauce turns it dark.

 

  •  Take the strips and spread them out on your dehydrator trays.  You might want to oil or spray the trays first.  I didn’t and some of it stuck. L  Make sure that the strips are as flat as possible and not overlapping.  I also try to put pieces that are about the same thickness on the same tray.
  • Sprinkle with lemon pepper to your liking.  (I make my own lemon pepper.  I’ll post that recipe too.)

My meat pieces after adding the lemon pepper.  (Just nod your head and pretend that you can see it.)

  •  Put the trays in the dehydrator and turn it on.

My dehydrator working merrily away.

My jerky when it was done.  Ta Da!

How long it takes to dehydrate depends on how thick the meat is, how humid it is, and what kind of dehydrator you have.  The heating elements on mine are in the bottom, so I have to swap the trays every four hours or so to make sure that it’s drying evenly.  I also consolidate the meat in fewer trays as it shrinks.  I ended up with half the amount of trays that I started with.  Of course, the kids were snacking on it before it was completely dried, so that might have had something to do with it.  After it’s dried, let it cool and then put it in an airtight container.  Ziplocks work just fine.  It can also be stored in the freezer.

It’s really not that hard, but it’s definitely not a quick thing to make!  And I have no illusions that it’s health food!  But at least when I make it myself I know that it’s fresh, and the kids really like it.

Enjoy!

Faith

            I am blessed that God has grafted me into an amazing group of people who all have hearts that long for Him to flow through them always, in all circumstances.  Last night at Bible study, one of the topics we discussed was promises.  Several of us have prophetic promises that have not yet come to fruition in our lives.  We are doing what we believe God has said to do, and just as important, we are not doing what God has not told us to do; being guided by Him in everything the best we know how.  That has led us into times of great stretching and growth.  To hold onto your promises even when the circumstances are telling you otherwise, takes a determination that I, for one, did not know that I possessed.  But having others in our lives that are going through the same journey at the same time is immensely encouraging.  We pray for each other, build each other up, cheer each other on, and share each others’ victories.  And, when needed, we unite our shields of faith over each other whenever anyone is too weary to hold up their own.

            This morning God brought back to my mind something that I wrote about promises a few years ago.  I pulled it out and dusted it off, and was glad to be reminded.  I hope that it encourages you in your journey toward your promises.

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             My daughter won a CD from the local Christian radio station the other day.  A new one that had just been released.  She was so excited!  She ran to the kitchen where I was and yelled, “I won!  I knew the answer and I won!  I got that new CD, the one I’ve been wanting!”  Then she hugged me and did a happy dance and ran back to her room to call her best friend with the news.

            Over the next few days, she told everyone she saw that she had that new CD.  And every day she waited expectantly for the mail truck until the day it finally arrived.  Interesting, I thought.  Even before she “got” it she was telling everyone that she “had” it.  The DJ on the radio said she won and promised they would mail it to her.  She believed it was hers and waited expectantly for it to arrive.  When it didn’t show up that same day, did she say, “Well, I guess it’s really not for me.  Oh well, I would have liked to have had that.”  No.  She continued to tell everyone that CD was hers and did her happy dance every time she thought about it.

            Could that be faith?  Is that the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”?  Is it really that simple?

            What would happen if we really believed that we had everything the Bible said was ours?  Would we think differently?  Would we talk differently?  Would we act differently?  My guess is, it would change some of our lives dramatically.  So, I have decided that I’m going to take ownership of the promises that have been given to me.  I’m going to thank God every day that they are mine.  I’m going to declare the Word of God over my circumstances.  I’m not going to give up on them, but wait expectantly until they become reality in my life.  And you never know, I may just start doing my own happy dance!