1. Jerky is a means to preserve meat without refrigeration.
2. Traditionally meat was dried and/or smoked and/or salted. Marinating is another technique used to add additional flavoring.
3. Although beef is the most common type of jerky, one can also find jerky from wild game such as venison, elk, caribou, and moose. Even kangaroo meat.
4. The origin of the word Jerky is from Native American “Charqui” which means “to burn meat”.
5. Jerky quality varies greatly and depends on the choice of meat, the preservatives, and the preservation technique.
6. There are many jerky-like products that consist of highly processed, chopped and formed meat, rather than traditional sliced, whole-muscle meat. Try to stay away from them.
7. The House of Jerky is very lean; fat usually causes spoilage. In cheap products with high fat and water content, many chemicals are added as preservatives to prevent spoilage. Not in ours!
8. Nutritionally, jerky is low in fat and high in protein!
9. Beef Jerky is astronaut food! NASA has been providing Space shuttle crews this lightweight high protein treat since the mid nineties.