I have some cuts of beef intended to be used for beef jerky. I have not yet dried them -- the meat is still fresh. I don't know what cut of meat was used. Can I use it for stir fry?

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    Jerky as in "dried" or as in "fresh, had planned to dry it"? Welcome to the site!
    – Stephie
    Sep 18, 2015 at 18:11
  • The jerky is fresh.
    – Jan07
    Sep 20, 2015 at 0:02

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Just my own opinion but I think if the cuts are made across the grain rather than with the grain it should be fine. With the grain might be tough to chew. There are 2 camps on cutting jerky meats so it really depends on how it was cut.

  • That's what I thought. Since it doesn't have fat on it, I thought it best to cut cross grain and stir fry for a short time.
    – Jan07
    Sep 20, 2015 at 0:03
  • Did the stir-fry really make a difference in the meat's flavor? I think beef jerky is an already pretty cooked and very dry food. I would guess it would add a lot to any dish, but will gain very little from recooking. So how did it turn out?
    – user39653
    Oct 7, 2015 at 15:48
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    The meat was cut for beef jerky, not made into beef jerky. Oct 7, 2015 at 21:57

If it's cut thin enough, and if a visual inspection shows little in the way of sinew and connective tissue, I'd say you should be fine.

Interestingly, I have been doing the opposite recently. I have a lot of beef cut for stir fry / schnitzel, etc... that I've instead used for Beef Jerky. It's been working well.

  • Well speaking of that, you could pound out the jerky cuts to soften them up too
    – Escoce
    Mar 19, 2016 at 14:00

Look for authentic recipes for machaca con huevos, Chihuahua-style. Not quite stir fry, pounded or shredded jerky cooked in a skillet with eggs and tomatoes, but it's getting there. It is common at Mexican restaurants on the US West Coast but usually made with fresh roasted or braised brisket, although I occasionally see the jerky version and a few other jerky dishes on menus. I also see the jerky in Mexican markets but I can't remember what they call it or any of the other dishes except machaca.

Good luck!

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