Jerkies: Essentials to Know
What is it?
Jerky is a meat preservation technique. It works for meat, fish, and poultry. Drying meats and seafood this way preserves the food for longer periods of time without the need for refrigeration, The Spruce says.
Types and flavors
Jerkies have long been a staple snack in the US. These days, commercial jerky products now include a variety of different types of meat. If you don’t like beef, you can go for turkey or pork jerky. For flavors, you can go for barbeque, spicy, original, teriyaki and more.
Making jerky may seem easy. After all, you only need constant low heat and moving air. These are essential to drying out the seasoned meat. However, achieving the perfect balance between the two can be a bit tricky. If there’s too much heat, it may cook the meat thoroughly. If there’s too little heat, it may not be enough to draw the moisture out of it. That’s why you’ll want to shop for your pork jerky from reputable and reliable sources.
Don’t just go to the first online store you find. There’s going to be a lot of that. Focus on finding a shop or store with good reviews. Read through those reviews to get a gauge on whether they’re from real customers or not. Some sites may trick you by generating their own reviews and posting them on a couple of sites. If the reviews sound honest and genuine, then that’s a good point of reference to base your buying decisions on.
Why we love it?
Jerkies are easy to pack, aren’t messy to eat and a portable source of protein and minerals. They’re also tasty, with different flavors and types. If you want something convenient and tasty while contributing to your daily dose of protein, then this is one snack you shouldn’t do without.