Jerky is meat that has been dried. In the wild west days, it was dried under the American sun. Today, it is dried using specially developed ovens which blast hot dry air over the meat and remove much of the moisture.
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?
What does jerky 'go with'?
Lots of things. We've had the following suggestions for Jerky and Drink combinations sent to us.
Hot Chilli Beef and Malt whisky
Beef Jerky Original & Bloody Mary
Venison Cracked Black Pepper and Champagne!
At the end of last year, we reformulated our marinades and during this process removed the soy sauce. As a result, all our jerky flavours are now both soy and gluten free.
We're happy to say, we believe we've achieved this without losing any of he great flavour of our grass fed beef. So even if you're not gluten intolerant you'll still enjoy our jerky as you always have. At our final tastings, we could not tell the difference between jerky with or without soy!
Is it safe to eat?
Well it's been around for hundreds (maybe more) of years.
Because jerky is a dried product, bacteria find it difficult to grow. They need moisture and oxygen. Of course, if it is able to reabsorb moisture (and it wants to), it turns back to normal meat. This is the reason we advise against
putting jerky into the fridge - especially once opened. Fridges contain lots of moisture.
What goes into ScottishJerky.com jerky?
We use a very small number of ingredients of the highest quality in the production of our jerky. These would include a little salt, pepper, and a few herbs and spices, such as garlic, chilli, or cracked black pepper. Our jerky is basically 99 percent (and more) beef and venison.
Does it make you thirsty?
Some people say it does, some it doesn't. While it is drier than most foods you eat, it still contains moisture so you're still putting water INto your system as you eat jerky, just a little less than if you're eating hydrated foods.
When should I eat it?
Eat it anytime. It's lightweight, so many people use it as a backup source of nutrition. Lots of protein goodness and very little weight to carry.
Munch away when watching your favourite tv programme.
We slice up whole pieces of meat into manageable pieces. We then marinate using marinades we've developed in-house, to ensure we control all our ingredients. Next we air dry the jerky in our oven and pack it in a modified atmosphere packs to keep it safe and tasty.
Who used it first?
Probably Native Americans or Mexicans but it became famous in modern times because it helped open up the American West!
As the old trekkers roved around they usually had some jerky in their saddlebags. Today's Jerky is no longer left out in the sun for three days, as it was then. But is still just as delicious to eat as you carry out your own wild leisure pursuits.
Take some on your treks!
Whether your passion is hill-walking, skiing, cycling, mountainbiking, fishing or watching television, take some jerky along and you've always got something tasty and nutritious to chew on.
What are the circles on your jerky?
These are caused by the trays. The jerky (as it dries) sinks into the tray and the perforation holes in the trays imprint on the meat.
Why is your jerky cut so much thinner than most?
It means the taste comes through quicker and for less chewing.
What is the nutrional value of your jerky?
Generally it is high in protein, low in fat and low in carbohyrate. To view the numbers, have a look at our nutritional values
Why can't I see 2nd class postage option if ordering above 8 packs
The Post Office has changed its pricing structure. Once you get past 8 packs, it's cheaper to send it by Federal Express. They only have one class.