Are you planning to go on a trip? Want to carry packed stuff? You should definitely try meat Jerkies. Jerkies are a delicious package of dried and salted meat. There are many delectable types of jerkies like “Big Fork” pork jerky, beef jerky, and venison jerky.
How are jerkies made?
Jerkies are made by slicing the meat, dehydrating it with some salt to prevent bacterial growth. Jerkies are an exquisite piece of salty, savory, sweet, chewy and smoky meat. Pork jerkies are appetizing and mouthwatering.
Flavors of a Jerky
Although the original pork jerkies are flavorsome on their own, you can also enjoy it in different flavors like maple, barbeque, pepper.
Shelf Life of a Jerky
Another amazing thing about jerkies is that they have a shelf life of 1 to 2 years when sealed. If you are making a homemade jerky then its shelf life is about 2 to 3 months.
The main reason to take packed jerkies on long road trips or trekking or for camping is that packed jerkies do not require refrigeration. However, you should store your home-made jerkies in a refrigerator to increase their shelf life.
Nutritional Advantages of a Jerky
Apart from being tasty, “Big Fork” pork jerky also has several health benefits as it has high protein and healthy fat content. A pork jerky has:
- 33% Protein
- 11% Carbohydrate
- 57% of Fats
10 grams of pork jerky has 32 calories on an average.
It is estimated that if you go on a jerky diet you can lose 7 kilograms in a month. A jerky diet will not only help you lose weight but also control bad cholesterol and build up some muscles.
How can you make jerkies at your home?
Pork jerkies can be easily made at home. Jerkies take about 5 to 8 hours to dehydrate. Take out the jerky from the dehydrator, bend it in a 90o angle, if the juice squeezes out then it is not dehydrated. If it breaks, this is when you know the jerkies are dried completely. If your jerkies are not fully dehydrated then bacteria can act upon them and therefore the shelf life of the commodity will decrease. So, make sure that you dehydrate the jerky properly.
Jerkies can be chewed normally or can be used to make delightful recipes like a Chinese jerky or jerky sandwich which can fulfill your meat cravings.