There’s nothing like a good steak, right? When you have a home freeze dryer you can enjoy this indulgence more often because you can take advantage of sales and bulk opportunities. Freeze drying steak is easy, and it allows you to use steak in recipes as a replacement for less flavorful meats.
To freeze dry raw steak, just dice into large pieces, remembering to remove as much fat as possible. Then place the pieces of steak on trays and freeze dry. When the freeze drying process is complete, break one of the largest pieces in half and make sure there are no ice crystals in the middle of the steak. If there are, make sure to add more dry time until you can be sure there is no ice left in the largest piece(s).
Store the steak in airtight containers or Mylar bags with an oxygen absorber. Make sure to label the contents of the container as raw and record the date they were freeze dried. Most meat should be good for 10 to 15 years if it is properly freeze dried and stored in at least a 7 mil mylar bag. When you are ready to rehydrate your steak, place raw meat in a bowl of cold water and place in the fridge overnight, or until rehydrated. Meat will only accept the amount of water it needs; so no need to worry about over-hydrating it. You can remove any excess water with a paper towel and then cook the steak as usual. If you do not plan to rehydrate all of your steak, make sure to reseal your bag/container with a fresh oxygen absorber or store the meat in the fridge. Meat should never be left out in an open bag or jar once it has been opened.
Steak makes an excellent addition to stews and chili, and is delicious as a replacement for hamburger in tacos. You can also use these smaller pieces of steak in steak sandwich sliders.