Monday, March 21, 2016

Ribeye Jerky

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-72HF4tAfZB0/VvCVKJ0zPwI/AAAAAAAAAH4/zPM_tiYoqAEJbUDg_0jvtD_disnonGAWQ/s1600/ribeye-jerky-sunlight.jpg

I've taken to making fatty "jerky" in the dehydrator from thinly sliced chuck steaks they sell at my local grocery store.

It looks like this:

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q1IIHq7T_Ao/VvCgvwzAfiI/AAAAAAAAAIM/9mjBc105l5MbKWd5dDB-DBJdFeCEHHb9A/s320/chuck-jerky.jpg

It absolutely melts in the mouth as it is, though, believe it or not, I sometimes spread butter on it.

My local store also sells thinly sliced ribeye. This I consider a crime. There is no way to cook it to rare like that.

Yesterday, however, I was looking for the thinly sliced chuck and they had none. What they did have was thinly sliced ribeye, marked down for no apparent reason. I realised that it cost only slightly more than what I pay for the chuck, and a beautiful idea formed in my mind...

Here are some photos of the succulent result:

It's definitely not the best ribeye I've had, but it's easily the best jerky.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-spnyNyZYx_k/VvCVJzVKjQI/AAAAAAAAAH0/SgvxKySPjywbIijHtz5ZtHB6tL83MIgcA/s1600/ribeye-jerky-pull.jpg
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OHw5lWwTrR4/VvCVJRNBjuI/AAAAAAAAAHo/iAGOZFW7omMpWAU0l6QR7PI8eVY7PecDg/s1600/ribeye-jerky-bitten-0.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gwmeL8TGeJY/VvCVJXUAo3I/AAAAAAAAAHs/lYPnUii846c7NQ3peJ-j5xD3jWRAn50Og/s1600/ribeye-jerky-bitten.jpg
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c6kPIyFmcFo/VvCVJXgrBqI/AAAAAAAAAHw/qwj22YgncwA-uWQIXwP_cGqPfiD8dd-1w/s1600/amber-with-ribeye-jerky.jpg

27 comments:

  1. Wow that is incredible! I used to love buttered jerky.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Amber, so the jerky dries out the protein part, but I imagine the fat must still be somewhat soft. Is that right? And do you season it at all? Does the fat drip and make a mess in your dehydrator?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Robert,

      Yes, the fat stays pretty soft; melts in the mouth. It does drip a little bit in the dehydrator, but I wouldn't say it's a mess. It's easy to wipe off.

      I don't season it at all.

      Delete
  3. Hi :) how long did you leave it in there? I'm interesting in doing this in the oven on the lowest temp setting. Cheers, Reners

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. These photos are after a day and a half, but it was already fantastic a couple of hours in, still basically raw.

      Delete
  4. How thin is thin? I may have to ask the butcher to slice the meat for me as I haven't noticed anything thinly sliced.

    Bonnie

    ReplyDelete
  5. Do you know what could cause dry mouth in someone going into ketosis? Each time I try to do zero carb, even with cutting out plants, I always get extremely uncomfortable dry mouth and throat. It's so bad it keeps me up at night and it's not because I'm not drinking enough water. I don't have diabetes so I know it's not that either. I don't feel like I'm lacking in electrolytes. Please, help!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Long-term ketogenic diet causes glucose intolerance and reduced β- and α-cell mass but no weight loss in mice.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24398402

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dorogoi Andrei,

      If you want to have a real discussion about why you think that paper would be relevant given all the other evidence, I'd be happy to. I don't however feel much need to respond to a one line pointer to a study that I don't find compelling. I think, in fact, I've discussed it elsewhere on the net, though I don't have a link at my disposal.

      Delete
    2. Thank you for your answer. Will try figure out the truth.

      Delete
    3. I read some sort of your website written by russian guys
      http://nestarenie.ru/razgruzochnye-dni-dlya-poxudeniya-i-zdorovya-fmd.html/comment-page-1
      and they do concentrate on scientifically proven methods of making human life the longest
      Some facts, you are talking about are very close, but this particular position "keto diet is good forever" is not the same. So I am trying to analyze all your knowledge and their knowledge together. To get to the truth = )

      Delete
    4. Is it true that there is no any research of long term (>2 years) keto diet consequences?
      I will read all ketotic org to get the truth, but if you have information about particular page, that would be perfect
      Andrii

      Delete
  7. Replies
    1. The fact is, low carb diets are the most effective treatment there is for diabetes. Moreover, all of the cultures in the past, even the recent past, who ate this diet didn't suffer from diabetes.

      Delete
    2. Amen! Diabetic for the last 10 years or so. My fbg is down to normal now (80s) with lchf & mod protein & NO meds. Amber - how thin is thin on that ribeye? :)

      Delete
  8. Are you guys ever going to post again? Or is this going to be a "zombie" blog?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. By "you guys", I assume you mean me.

      I'll be a zombie as soon as I can get my hands on some fresh local brains. :-)

      Seriously, you try excelling at a full-time data science / programming job, single parenting half the time, and writing a blog!

      Here's what I spent the last few weeks on: My AHS16 talk on the evolution of the brain and weaning infants onto meat.

      I'll be posting a transcript and notes later.

      Delete
  9. I didn't know the dynamics of your personal situation. I just enjoy your blog and often find that blogs that I like stop publishing. I will watch your talk later on Youtube and look forward to anything you have time to write.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, no worries, Pete. I am actually delighted that you expressed interest. What are your favourite topics here?

      Delete
    2. I am fascinated by a total carnivorous diet, yet I find high fat something that bothers my whole gastrointestinal system. I plan to give it another try in the fall when I move into my new place. Not sure that the diet is for everyone.

      Delete
    3. It might be something you need to play around with. I've found that I can't handle much chicken fat at all - it makes me sick. For other fats it depends on the composition of the meal - sometimes I can handle a lot, other times not so much.

      Delete
    4. Yes, chicken fat is the worst. I think it has to do with the high percentage of inflammatory Omega 6s. Beef fat doesn't bother me as much

      Delete
  10. I'd still like to know how thin the rib eye should be. Local store cuts it fairly thick.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I've been totally carnivorous for the past 3 months (after a decade of very low carb), and I am thriving on this way of eating. However, when I was low-carb, I'd read that it's best to have a high carb DAY about every 6-8 weeks. I don't know whether that's true, but I did it and didn't 'notice' any effects, positive or negative. Now I'm wondering again whether it would be good to have such a day. Your thoughts on this?

    ReplyDelete