Do you need to rotate trays on a dehydrator?
Trays nearest the bottom are exposed to the hottest, driest air and food on them will dry more rapidly.
So it is important to rotate the location of the trays during dehydration.
Simply move trays as shown in the following diagrams.
Also turn each tray a quarter turn sideways to help insures more even drying..
How long do you leave beef jerky in a dehydrator?
Step 8 – Turn the dehydrator to 165° and let it run for about 4 hours. You want the internal temperature of your jerky to reach 160°. This jerky took 5 hours to dry. Depending on how thick your slices are will determine how long it will take to finish dehydrating.
How do you know when beef jerky is done dehydrating?
When bent, an adequately dry jerky does not break in half but should crack instead. The dry strip should exhibit a firm, flexible form that can easily bend completely back on itself without snapping. Dried jerky should not be crumbly but instead displays a leathery texture that tastes palatably chewy.
Can you leave jerky in dehydrator?
(With my dehydrator, that meant cooking the jerky on medium heat for about 8 hours. But cooking times will vary based on the thickness of your meat, and the heat/brand of your dehydrator.) Remove jerky and transfer to a sealed container. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.