I found a lot of amazing ground turkey on manager’s special at the store!
I love ground turkey these days, almost as much as grass-fed ground beef. You can do so much with it, from making turkey salisbury steaks to meatballs, to this terrific jerky I just made yesterday.
Turkey is not only delicious, it makes terrific jerky because of its lower fat content.
In fact, each serving is only 8 grams of fat per serving, 21 grams of protein, 0 carbohydrates, and only 170 calories.
I use this dehydrator (<-link to my review), but you can find them on Craigslist for only a few bucks, especially after the holidays and people give up their New Year’s Resolutions (I know you’re not like that, though).
Because I have the best luck with ground meats as jerkies, I also have a jerky extruder (I am not an amazon affiliate. This extruder is representative of the one I have. Toss the seasoning packets; they’re typically sugar and MSG bombs). The Nesco extruder works really well, is easy to clean and is solid, sturdy construction.
Tip: Test seasoning ideas in smaller batches/trays in case you end up not liking something.
Feel free to mix and match seasonings and flavors for a bunch of fun ideas. I like my jerky spicier, so I went with extra pepper and the normal amount of salt. Want less pep from your pepper? Add only 1 Tablespoon of pepper to your mixture per pound of meat.
Have some fun with your jerky.
(As an aside, I’m facepalming because the lead-in to this recipe is like 10 times longer than the actual recipe.)
Simple Turkey Jerky
Makes 2 pounds
2 pounds uncooked, ground turkey
2 Tbsp pepper
2 tsp sea salt
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pipe onto jerky trays with a jerky extruder (or roll meat between two sheets of parchment to shape/flatten). Dehydrate for about 6 hours at 155 degrees or until meat bends to the point of almost breaking in half.
Store in a loosely sealed zippered bag, in the fridge. (I typically leave mine in a bag on the counter because the climate here is pretty dry.)
Makes about 32, 1 ounce jerky strips, or about 8 servings.
Nutritional Information per serving: Calories: 170, Carbohydrates: 0, Protein: 21g, Fat: 8g