Everybody has come across a person at one time or another who makes a sour face when beef jerky is mentioned. Those people can’t wrap their head around the idea of beef jerky or eating beef for a snack! What those people don’t realize is that beef jerky wasn’t initially created as a snack or a source of protein, it was created as a means to preserve the meat.
This whole jerky idea was created by Indians. They used to “burn” the meat to preserve it and in essence created beef jerky. The word jerky has been twisted around from the Indian word charqui. They had no other way to prevent the meat from spoiling, so they salted it and burned it and poooof…beef jerky!!
The most appealing part of beef jerky is the high protein factor! That is probably why men are more drawn to beef jerky than women. Ask pretty much anyone and they will tell you that you that it is crucial to have protein within an hour of working out. If you are like me and don’t like those chalky shakes, then beef jerky is your protein answer. For every one ounce of meat there is 14 grams of protein and only one ounce of fat.
These days that are almost as many different kinds of beef jerky as there are candy bars. Today people are using beef jerky for more then just a snack. You can chop it up and put in a salad, you can also go as far as putting it between two pieces of bread….lettuce, tomato, mayo & mustard…done! I am not so sure about the sandwich, but it is kind of like a dry salami sandwich, to each their own!
Beef jerky has almost become as trendy as motorcycles. The two almost go hand in hand. If you are going on a long day ride or even a road trip, beef jerky fits perfectly in your saddlebags! I personally going riding quite often and my beef jerky is always within reach. Harley Davidson even manufactures their own beef jerky!! They should include some with every motorcycle purchase!
If you google beef jerky, you can click for at least 7 pages until a webpage is repeated! They even make caffeinated jerky, I think it’s called perky jerky or something like that. What has become popular is beef jerky from ground beef because it is easier to chew. Items like, slim jim and jerky strips…people are turning to these items because it’s easier on the jaw and they are still eating jerky!
That’s the beauty of beef jerky, there is something didn’t ways to make it and so many things you can do with it. When it comes to beef jerky, the possibilities are endless.