Frequently Asked Questions
Because of the lack of moisture, bacteria can't grow (they need moisture just like you and me). So it stays safe to eat for a long time in this dried state.
When you put it into your mouth you return the meat to it's pre-dried state, that is you return the moisture to it. So it turns back into the beef or venison it was before.
Why is it becoming so popular?Like all things American, they have global reach. Jerky is usually made from meat, with a low carbohydrate value and a high protein value. As a result, research has shown such snackfood can help suppress appetite, so can be helpful as part of a diet.
So is it good for diets?Our jerky is made from very low fat beef and venison. Beef and venison are naturally low in carbohydrates and high in protein. Protein has been found to 'suppress' hunger pangs for longer than carb rich foods. So it could mean you want to eat less.
Why is it called 'Jerky'?No-one really knows!
But Mary Bell - a well known writer on Jerky - believes it came from the word 'Charqui' (pronounced 'shar-kee') in Mexican Spanish. But there are other possibilities. The Carribean people use a piquant sauce called 'jerk'. Could this be linked? Although it may be a strange word, it's the product you're really interested in, isn't it?