Freeze Drying Steak

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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.

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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.

By | 2017-10-19T02:59:06+00:00 June 13th, 2016|10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Laraine Clark June 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Does anyone have experience with freeze drying spaghetti squash and / or pumpkin chunks that have had the outer shell peeled off? Should then end product still be “rubbery” or should it be dry in texture? Do you need to add additional time in the freeze drying process?

    • Stephanie Barlow July 1, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

      We haven’t tried that specifically, but we’ve seen people try it on some of the customer Facebook Groups. You might be interested in joining one of them. But, no, the chunks should not be rubbery but very dry and we’ve heard spaghetti squash comes back perfectly.

  2. Larry May 31, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Can you freeze dry already frozen hamburger that is in 1 lb blocks and how would you do it. Would it be better to cook it first then freeze dry it? Can you add spices to it when you cook if before freeze drying it?

  3. Sam May 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    sorry have tried meat several times and it still has the lavor but comes out tough. not near as good. I was hoping for better results for this is one of the main reasons I bought one.

    • Matt Neville May 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      We find that freeze drying smaller pieces or tenderizing before freeze drying provides an amazing product. Meat is something that typically reconstitutes very well.

  4. Jan May 31, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Can you freeze dry rhubarb?. Should it be peeled? Cut in chunks? Run through food processor? Cooked before freeze drying and how long a cycle?. Default or custom?

    • Matt Neville June 1, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Most customers cut in chunks, no blanch. Some sprinkle a little sugar on it and say that it is an amazing snack. Default settings are perfect.

  5. Charlene Orton June 1, 2017 at 2:30 am - Reply

    I have freeze dried many meats that has turned out wonderfully. Turkey slices, shredded barbecued chicken(one of our favorites…even our picky eater kids love this), ham slices, hamburger gravel , bacon, pork chops, and on and on. We have had great success and love it all and the convenience.

  6. sharon June 5, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

    When you put freeze dried product in a fruit jar and vacuum seal it is it necessary to put a packet of oxygen absorber in the jar?

    • Stephanie Barlow June 5, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

      We put an oxygen absorber in always, just to be safe, but if it’s properly sealed with no oxygen inside, then that also works.

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