I am constantly recommending protein/fat meat bars to followers of the Power Foods Lifestyle as a high quality, gluten-free and dairy-free option. Some of the companies* I recommend are very high quality, and I love them! But as I look at my grocery bill, these are the highest ticket items that my husband I felt we could look at cutting.
Nate’s ingenuity and curiosity at creation (we are a good pair!) landed us this dehydrator and a desire to give it a shot!
In all honesty, I was initially skeptical. I didn’t think this was a good idea, and was just going to put another product in the cupboard that would take up space. (We all have those, right?). So when he pulled out the dehydrator and some of the groceries we bought last night, I groaned inside. I thought, now this is just going to make a mess and take his time for a few hours!
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
We were surprised at how quickly and easily we made these bars…
(okay, let’s be honest–NATE made the bars. I enjoyed the outcome, ha!)
- We bought 2 pounds of ground beef (the leanest we could find was 93%). Higher fat content can cause the bar to go rancid more quickly.
- We put the meat in a medium-sized mixing bowl. We did two tests. One pound was mixed with seasonings that came with the Dehydrator, while the other pound of meat was mixed with about 1 Tbsp. Fennel, 2 Tbsp. sea salt, 1 Tbsp. pepper, 1 Tbsp. McCormick Brown Sugar Bourbon, and 1 Tbsp. sugar (we use coconut in our house).
- Mix the meat and seasonings by hand, and add a small handful of dried cranberries if desired. (We did and loved it!).
- Load the meat into the dehydrator gun.
- Dispense onto racks spaced out like the photo.
- Stack racks and place the lid on tight.
- Turn on the dehydrator and watch the time. Occasionally open the lid and pat dry the liquid fat from the top of the meat strips.We checked the meat after 4.5 hours. It was crunchy to the touch, but when torn in half, the meat was supple and chewy. It was cooked all the way through and I preferred this texture of meat to the typical dried jerky I tend to find in the store.Let’s break down the Savings Cost for making our own bars!
Bison Bar: 1.3 oz. bar = average cost we have found is $2.69/bar.
Our Cost: 2 pounds of 93% lean grass-fed beef = $14 + seasonings (one-time cost is around $3/bottle if you don’t have these in your house but we use them in everything so this isn’t being factored in). We got enough bars to equal 13 Epic Bars (Bison) which would total $34.97. Looks like we were able to get our cost per bar down to $1.61! This means it would take only two rounds of making this size of batch to have the machine pay for itself. Talk about KILLER savings and more of a self-sustaining practice!
We hope this gives you some ideas for how you can take your own health and nutrition power into your own hands. Click the photo below to grab your own Dehydrator and start your savings!). Make sure you grab the Power Foods Lifestyle Starter Kit to go with it and learn the POWER of strategic nutrition.
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