How to Rehydrate Beef Jerky That's Too Dry

By LeafTV Contributor

Dehydration, while bad for the body, is actually helpful for food preservation. Dehydration involves removing all of the water from a particular food, such as meat or fruit. This allows you to keep certain foods fresh, without refrigeration--i.e. for camping. When you're ready to eat, simply re-hydrate the food by replacing the water you removed. Some foods, like beef jerky, are intended to remain dehydrated; however, if your jerky is too dry or you simply want to use it as fresh meat, you can re-hydrate it the same way you would other foods. Here's how.

Beef Jerky
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Step 1: Place beef jerky in a pan.

Step 2: In a separate pot or kettle, bring water to a boil; (1 cup of water per 1 cup of jerky).

Step 3: Pour the boiling water over the jerky and let sit.

Step 4: Remove the beef jerky from the pan when it reaches the desired texture. If you wish to completely re-hydrate the jerky, leave it in the pan for up to 4 hours

Note: refrigerate the jerky and water if you plan to let it soak for longer than 2 hours.