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Dry Meats in a Hot Car

dry meats in a hot carYou can harness the power of the sun to dry foods, you can buy a solar dryer or solar dehydrator, you can build your own, or you can dry meats in a hot car!

Dry Meats in a Hot Car

One of the oldest methods of preserving food was drying it in the sun. Native Americans dried strips of deer, elk and buffalo in the sun to eat. North American pioneers dried meat by draping it over the outside of their covered wagons for two to three days as they headed into the western territory.

If you want to harness the power of the sun to dry foods, you can buy a solar dryer or solar dehydrator, you can build your own, or you can dry meats in a hot car!

I am not telling you to dry meats in your family car! I am saying that after SHTF, there will probably be millions of abandoned cars and it would be foolish, to not utilize those cars as some form or resource or tool. A car, parked in the sun can achieve temperatures of 105°-160° F or higher! Rule of thumb, if it’s 90 outside, it’s can be up to 170° F in space between the window and the dashboard.

Materials Needed:

If you’d like to make your own Jerky Marinade:

  • Water
  • Garlic – for flavoring
  • Salt – a preservative
  • Honey –  a flavoring and an anaerobic preservative

Directions:

  1. Buy  some thinly cut meat strips or carefully slice your meat into thin strips.
  2. Combine the water, garlic, salt, honey and mix together the bowl. Mix thoroughly. (If you are using pre-made Jerky Marinade, skip this step!)
  3. Marinate your meats in the brine solution and let sit for at least one hour. This will ensure a good marination and penetration into the meat.
  4. Lay the meat over the racks or screen atop the car’s dashboard, crack the windows a bit to allow for airflow and to allow the moisture to escape. You may want to cover your dashboard, if you are concerned about drips.
  5. Allow your meat to bake for at least 5-6 hours in your car, Turning the meat every couple hours to ensure even heating.

Like the people of old take advantage of the sun to preserve your foods. You can dry meats in a hot car!

 


4 comments

  1. I love making jerky, this is another great way to dehydrate meats! Great post!

  2. The only drawback is that your car will now smell forever of that particular meat…

    • This is true. While you can make jerky in your hot car, it may not be for everyone. I originally tested it as a grid-down or post-SHTF proof of concept. In this type of scenario there may not be electricity, but there will always be tons of abandoned or broken down cars. Why not use them to dehydrate or dry foods?

  3. This is great! Set it up in the morning when you get to work, and when you’re done for the day you have jerky! Jerky party in the parking lot, anyone?

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