What is Jerky?

Jerky is a type of meat that has been prepared in such a way as to make it a great snack of a salty, sweet or savory variety.

Jerky is made by trimming the fat off of meat and cutting it into thin slices. The meat is then marinated in different types of special jerky seasonings, spices or sauces before being smoked or dried. The marinating process could take anywhere from 1-2 days, depending on the strength of flavor that you are going for. Once the jerky is finished, it does not need to be refrigerated at all. For much of history, drying meat in this way was the only safe way to preserve it.

The term “jerky” means to burn and jerky can be made from different meat sources, such as beef, venison, elk and any number of others. Beef jerky is probably the most common of jerky products that are sold within the United States. This can be a great high protein snack.

If you are interested in making your own jerky, one of the most important tools that you will need would be a food dehydrator. There are many to choose from in the marketplace today and a good one to consider might be one of the Excalibur dehydrators.

Making the jerky is actually a pretty fast process. Once the meat is placed into the dehydrator it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. The time that it takes for drying can depend on the thickness of the meat and you should check it thoroughly by cutting into the meat when you think that the drying process should be complete. Be sure that the meat is no longer raw or pink at all before you remove it from the dehydrator.

Once the jerky is completely you should place it in plastic bags to refrigerate or freeze. If you want to store the jerky for longer than a few weeks, jar storage is best. The jerky can be safely kept in closed jars for months with no problem

Enjoy your jerky and don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasons and sauces to get the perfect blend for your own tastes.