A Bedtime Snack

A Bedtime Snack

Your Ultimate Guide To Beef Jerky

by Zoey Howell

Beef jerky is a popular snack with everyone, from fitness enthusiasts and busy professionals to outdoor enthusiasts and college students. It is protein-packed, low-fat, and low-carb. While beef jerky is wildly popular, the average person does not know much about it. Get ready to dive into the world of beef jerky and learn the answers to all your burning questions.

What Is Beef Jerky?

Beef jerky is dried meat preserved by removing the moisture content. Historically, jerky was created as a way to preserve meat without refrigeration. Native Americans and early settlers used jerky as a way to ensure their meat lasted for long periods. The process involves salting strips of beef or deer and drying them in the sun, wind, or smoke.

Does Beef Jerky Come in Different Flavors? 

While early chefs may have had limited ability to create unique flavors, today's jerky comes in a variety of flavors. Traditional flavors include original, pepper, and teriyaki, but you can find unique flavors like sriracha, honey barbecue, pickle, and even strawberry. Beef jerky also comes in various shapes, including whole pieces, sticks, and even jerky bites.

Does Beef Jerky Need to Be Refrigerated?

Beef jerky doesn't need to be refrigerated since drying removes moisture from the meat, preventing bacteria growth. However, keeping jerky in a cool, dry place can help preserve its flavor and texture, especially on hot, humid days.

What Are the Benefits of Beef Jerky?

There are many benefits of eating beef jerky, including:

  • Protein source: Beef jerky is an excellent source of protein, an essential component for building and repairing muscle tissue.
  • Diet approved: It is low in fat and carbohydrates, making it a great snack option for those on low-carb, keto, or paleo diets. 
  • Boost immunity: Beef jerky is also high in iron and zinc, which can help boost your immune system and energize you.
  • Satisfy hunger: Beef jerky can satisfy hunger cravings without the need to reach for sugary snacks.
  • Shelf-stable: Jerky's long shelf-life and portability make it a great travel snack option.

Beef jerky has an interesting history and continues to grow in popularity. Whether you like traditional flavors or prefer more unique options, there is a jerky flavor for everyone. The next time you reach for a protein-packed snack, consider grabbing some beef jerky.

Visit a grocery store in your area to learn more about the different types of beef jerky that are available.


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A Bedtime Snack

Ever since I was a child, I’ve enjoyed spending the night at hotels. I particularly like to stay at posh resorts that provide indoor swimming pools, onsite spas, and oceanfront dining options. Whenever I stay at a luxurious hotel, I always look to see if there are gourmet chocolates on the pillow waiting for me to savor at bedtime. For some reason, this small amenity really appeals to me. If you own a hotel, consider treating your guests with chocolates at the end of their busy days. This added touch is also perfect for Valentine’s Day. On this blog, you will discover how to shop for the best gourmet chocolates for your hotel. Enjoy!