Vegan Jerky – Easy way to Make Your Own!

Vegan Jerky – Easy way to Make Your Own!

This easy vegan jerky is gluten free, full of flavor, and packed with plant protein! It works great to pack in school lunches or carry along in your bag for a quick and filling snack. Perfect for hiking and backpacking too!  (Wow!  I would have loved to have these when I was backpacking the Appalachian Trail 18 years ago!  Instead, I had a few packs of dehydrated tofu, which was not nearly as tasty as this stuff).

This easy vegan jerky is gluten free, full of flavor, and packed with plant protein! It works great to pack in school lunches or carry along in your bag for a quick and filling snack. Perfect for hiking and backpacking too! thehiddenveggies.com
Is it expensive?

My family loves the store-bought vegan jerky, but it gets expensive to buy it regularly.  You can make this recipe for a fraction of the cost of store bought vegan jerky!

What are they made from?

Vegan jerky is simple to make with Butler Soy Curls.  Soy Curls are made from dehydrated soy much like textured vegetable protein, except for they come in large pieces about the size of chicken strips. When rehydrated, they have the texture of meat.

Adding the molassas to the soy curl broth to make vegan jerky.
When I first started using Butler Soy Curls, I knew that there had to be a way to make them into jerky. I tested out a bunch of different flavor combinations until my family finally agreed that the recipe was perfect!
It couldn’t be much easier to make this jerky! Simply make a marinade with spices and boiling water then dump in the soy curls to soak up the flavor.

 

This easy vegan jerky is gluten free, full of flavor, and packed with plant protein! It works great to pack in school lunches or carry along in your bag for a quick and filling snack. Perfect for hiking and backpacking too! thehiddenveggies.com Once the soy curls are rehydrated, put them on a cookie sheet and place them in the oven at 275° F for about an hour until they become chewy and the texture of jerky.

The soy curls after they have soaked up the broth to make vegan jerky.

You can dehydrate them a little more or a little less depending on your taste. I like them slightly dry and crispy, my kids like them soft and chewy.

The vegan jerky on a cookie sheet before you bake it.

Tip:  They will continue to dehydrate slightly once you take them out of the oven while they are cooling.

This easy vegan jerky is gluten free, full of flavor, and packed with plant protein! It works great to pack in school lunches or carry along in your bag for a quick and filling snack. Perfect for hiking and backpacking too! thehiddenveggies.com
What can I use them for?

I make a large batch of them at least once or twice a week.  My kids love them in their school lunch!  Once they cool, I store them in a sealed jar or put them in snack sized bags, so they are ready to grab and go. They are also great as car food on a long trips or just to take along anywhere that it is hard to find a good source of vegan protein.

This easy vegan jerky is gluten free, full of flavor, and packed with plant protein! It works great to pack in school lunches or carry along in your bag for a quick and filling snack. Perfect for hiking and backpacking too! thehiddenveggies.com

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This easy vegan jerky is gluten free, full of flavor, and packed with plant protein! It works great to pack in school lunches or carry along in your bag for a quick and filling snack. Perfect for hiking and backpacking too! thehiddenveggies.com
EASY VEGAN JERKY
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Vegan jerky that is simple to make and tastes like store bought for a fraction of the price.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: gluten free, vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 220 kcal
Author: Monica | The Hidden Veggies
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or tamari
  • 1 tbsp black strap molasses
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (hickory flavored)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne more or less to taste
  • ¼ cup canola or other neutral tasting oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups Butler Soy Curls (dry)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 F.
  2. Put all the ingredients except the water and soy curls into a bowl.

  3. Add boiling water and then stir well.

  4. Immediately add the soy curls stirring them to coat with the marinade.

  5. Let sit for about a minute before stirring them again.

  6. Continue to do this for about 4-5 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed and soy curls are soft.

  7. Drain off any remaining liquid and spread soy curls onto a cookie sheet.

  8. Bake at 275° F for 1 hour fliping every 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes
  • Bake for 10 minutes less for chewier jerky or 10 minutes more for crunchier jerky.
  • variations in oven temperature and humidity with change bake time slightly. 
  • Watch jerky closely at the end of the cooking time as to not over dry or burn.
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge. 
Nutrition Facts
EASY VEGAN JERKY
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Potassium 36mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 7g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Calcium 15.4%
Iron 28.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How do I store them?

Since they are still slightly moist, I store them in the fridge to make sure that they stay fresh. I am not sure how long that they stay good for since my family always eats them all in the first few days.
I go through so many soy curls now we had to start buying them by the 12-pound box! If they don’t sell them at your local stores, you can find them on Amazon or order them directly from the Butler Foods website.

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This easy vegan jerky is gluten free, full of flavor, and packed with plant protein! It works great to pack in school lunches or carry along in your bag for a quick and filling snack. Perfect for hiking and backpacking too! A great vegan camping food! thehiddenveggies.com

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