Tofu Jerky

Jerky is a method of preserving a protein food, so it doesn’t need refrigeration, and has been used for centuries around the world with all types of meat. This tofu jerky uses plant-based protein and more modern-day appliances like the oven (or a dehydrator) as opposed to wind-drying or smoking, but still makes for something easy and delicious to pack for the trail.

Serves 3

1 package extra firm tofu

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp olive oil

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp black pepper

½ tsp liquid smoke (optional)

Cut tofu into ¼ inch strips. Combine all marinade ingredients in a shallow dish then add tofu and cover evenly. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or in the refrigerator overnight. Drain marinade then place tofu in a food dehydrator or a low oven (150 F) until just slightly pliable, approximately 4-8 hours. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe by Nicole Fetterly, RD

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