All About Jerky

I know everyone has heard and tasted jerkies. But do you know where jerkies originated and how it got famous in America? I bet you don’t. In this article. I’ll be sharing what I know about jerkies; History, types, procedure, etc. If you are interested, then continue reading below.

History of Jerky

Before it’s was called its famous name in the united states as “Jerky” Originally it is called as Ch’arki is a salted and dried meat product in Peru. Jerky reached its peak of fame during the expansion of North America, Voyagers and traders considered it as an essential source of food as they journey to different areas where there is limited supply of fresh food.

When Europeans reach in the new world, they discovered that the locals were making a meat product that was dried and that extended it’s shelf life and can be consumed at a later time. Then they knew that this kind of food would be beneficial for them. The native Americans tribes call it pemmican made from crushed dried fruit or animal fat. It was then the native Americans taught the colonists how to prepare the meat into narrow and long strips and shared with them the entire process of jerky-making and different types of seasonings to make different recipes. With this new knowledge they got from the natives, European colonists found themselves cooking and eating jerky more than ever before.

As years went by when America approached in the industrial age many companies considered the potential of selling jerky products for the masses. Now, many people around the globe enjoy the taste and benefits of this healthiest and best tasting snacks.

Jerky Around The Globe

Bakkwa – In China, they call it Bakkwa, which is also known as Rougan. This type of jerky is salty and sweet, and which is similar to American jerky.

Carne Seca – In Mexico they call it Carne Seca, which means “dried meat” in Spanish and is literally that, dried meat.

Kilishi – Nigeria’s “jerky” is known as Kilishi. The process of making this comes from a dried from of Suya from a deboned cow, sheep, or goat meat.

Pemmican – In North America it is called Pemmican, which is a concentrated blend of protein and fat. 

Biltong – Biltong is what they call it in South Africa it is a form of dried, cured meat.

Cecina – Spain’s jerky is called Cecina. Cecina is a meat that has been salted and dried using air, sun, or smoke.

Meats You Can Use As Jerkies

Beef Jerky – This probably the most popular type of jerky. There are dozens of flavors available for this kind of jerky there are original, spicy, teriyaki, peppered, sweet & spicy, garlic, black pepper.

Buffalo Jerky – Buffalo can be made into jerkies because it is high in protein but low in fat and is endorsed as a healthy meat by the American Heart Association

Salmon Jerky – Here is another healthy choice! Salmon Jerky is made using fresh salmon that is high in healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Tuna Jerky – Another addition to the seafood options is the Tuna Jerky. Tuna is also healthy because it is naturally high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids and low in fat.

Ostrich Jerky – Though not common but it is a good meat to consider when creating jerkies. Ostrich meat is healthy since it is also lean, high in iron, high in healthy protein and extremely low in cholesterol.

Health Benefits of Jerky

For those health enthusiasts who loves jerkies yet wonder if it is a literally a healthy snack, let me tell you what I know about jerky’s nutritional significance. First off, most jerkies are made from lean meat. That means jerkies are high in protein. So if you want to gain some weight without getting the extra fat then jerky might be the perfect snack for you.

Jerkies are low In carb food but fat may vary per brand. Jerkies are also a good source of vitamins and minerals. These include zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B-12 and iron. Though jerkies are a good snacks if you wish to gain some lean muscles there things you should still consider. Jerkies are salted to help preserve its freshness. Salt means sodium. You might want to consider consuming small amount of jerkies since one ounce of regular beef jerky provides a whopping 590 milligrams of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends to limit dietary sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams daily, unless they lose large amounts of sodium by sweating, to reduce high blood pressure risks.

If you want to make your own jerky here is a short clip on how you can make your own jerky.