What is jerky?
According to Wikipedia, the word “jerky” is derived from the Quechia (a native South American language) word “ch’arki”, which means “dried, salted meat”.
Traditionally, jerky is described as “lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage”. Traditional jerky is made from sliced, whole muscle meat. The reason for most of the fat being trimmed off before drying the meat is, fat does not dry, and will become rancid (although modern vacuum packing and chemical preservatives help prevent these risks). Normally, this low temperature drying process includes adding salt to stop bacteria forming on the meat before enough moisture has been removed. This is how basic jerky is produced.
Typically, a 30-gram portion of fresh jerky would contain 10–15 grams of protein (although some beef jerky can contain more than 65% protein – the more water that is removed from the meat, the higher the protein content for the same amount of meat); 1 gram of fat; and 0–3 grams of carbohydrates. Since traditional jerky recipes use a basic salt cure, this same 30-gram serving of jerky could contain more than 600 milligrams of sodium. (The recommended daily salt intake is 1.15 – 2.3 grams, so this would be about 30% of the recommended daily dose.)
Modern jerky is normally marinated in a seasoned spice rub or liquid, then dried or smoked with low heat (usually under 70°C).
The jerky produced from the above methods is salty/savoury, and ready to eat without any further preparation – and can be stored for months without refrigeration.
This makes it excellent for including meat rations when hiking or camping – it does not weigh much; needs no preparation; has a long “shelf life”; it’s a good source of protein – and does not need to be refrigerated! For these reasons jerky (or similar products) is commonly included in military field rations.
And if that’s not enough – since 1996 jerky has been selected by astronauts as space food several times for space flight, due to its light weight and high level of nutrition!
At Branxton Beef Jerky, our quality jerky is oven cooked and traditionally smoked – not dehydrated like others – and combined with our secret special sauces and marinades, to give our beef jerky its superior taste and texture.
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