Jerky is a tasty and satisfying high-protein food. So, it makes for an excellent snack when feeling hungry at school or work, traveling, hiking, and more. Recently, it became increasingly popular among athletes, too. The nutrient-dense nature of jerky helps them get fueled through workout and recovery. Any time you're snacking on meat, it is going to be rich in protein, which is vital for many athletes. For example, a one-ounce serving of jerky provides about 10g of proteínas.
What Is Jerky?
Jerky is dried meat, nutrient-rich food that has been cooked and dehydrated to make it shelf-stable and remain edible without refrigeration. By removing the moisture, meat jerky can be kept extended periods without spoiling. Drawing out the moisture from food increases its nutritional density. That makes it a satisfying, portable snack that offers a wide variety of flavors such as applewood smoke, barbecue, garlic, hickory, pepper, salt, sweet, and teriyaki beef jerky.
What is Beef Jerky?
Beef jerky is a delicious snack that is made from beef that has been seasoned and dried out so that it will last longer. Unlike fresh beef, beef jerky can be kept at room temperature for long periods of time without going bad. There are many different types of beef jerky that you can choose from. Some brands differentiate themselves by using thicker or thinner cuts of beef, for example. Almost all brands of beef jerky will offer a variety of different flavorings that help to set their product apart from the rest.
The technique of drying fruits and meats is among the oldest methods of preserving food. The concept of dried meat goes back to ancient times when people were looking for the best way to keep meats. The earliest archeological records of jerky suggest that ancient Egyptians preserved produce items and meats by drying them out in the sun. Its importance in ancient culture is demonstrated by the abundance of preserved food discovered in Egyptian tombs, some of which stayed notably intact. Variations of jerky are seen all over the world from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The name "jerky" can be traced back to the South American Quechua tribe term, "ch'arki."
Types Of Jerky
Biting into a piece of high-quality jerky can make it clear why jerky has such a long and storied history. For all the reasons modern people enjoy it, so too did ancient cultures. Being sometimes salty, sometimes sweet, and fun to chew are the same reasons we love beef jerky today as people have throughout civilization. It is handy to carry, dense in nutrition, and an excellent choice that offers a wide array of flavors and culinary variations. At a CVS® Store, you can find beef, pork, turkey, and even venison jerky.
How Long Does Beef Jerky Last?
Beef jerky lasts a long time compared with fresh meat. It is able to last so long for a number of reasons. First, the moisture is pulled out during the drying process. Once it is dried, the meat takes much longer to spoil. The safe life of jerky is extended further by the use of salt and other curing ingredients. Each type of beef jerky will last a different amount of time based on how dry it is, the ingredients used, and how it is packaged. Almost all beef jerky will last for at least six months as long as it is properly packaged. Once the jerky packet is opened, it should be enjoyed within about a week.