The Drying Time for Jerky in a Dehydrator

Jerky is seasoned meat that has been dried. It’s a great source of protein and a staple for campers, hikers, hunters and travelers. Making homemade jerky costs a fraction of store-bought variety prices, but it does take a little time.


Beef jerky is made from very lean beef cut into thin strips and marinated. Allow 4 to 12 hours drying time at 145 degrees Fahrenheit or above. The meat will darken as it dries.


Poultry must be cooked before drying into jerky. Dry at 145 F or above. Turkey jerky will be ready in about 3 hours, but chicken takes 6 to 8 hours.


Fish can also be marinated and dried into jerky. The thin, marinated strips of fish take 8 to 12 hours to dry at 145 F.