has been made by humans since before the domestication
of beef cattle (bovines) began, about 10,000 years ago.
Before then, humans would make jerky from the meat from
nearly any animal they hunted, including bovines. Jerky
has been a part of life for over 50,000 years.
jerky was originally made as a means of preserving beef
for future use. Fresh meat spoils rapidly and humans needed
a way to save it for times when food was not easy to find.
Jerky was the choice method of preservation.
from hunting was sliced thin with stone and bone tools.
Then it was hung up to dry in the sun and wind. A smoky
fire would burn nearby to add some heat and smoke keep
the insects away from the fresh meat. Sometimes a shelter
made of animal hides was built around the drying meat
to shield the meat from rain or snow, and to intensify
the smoke and heat. Deer, elk, and antelope are still
hunted and made into jerky today.
modern times, beef
jerky is made at home and in factories. Although time-consuming,
it is fairly easy to make good beef jerky in a home oven,
or tabletop dehydrator. The variety of beef jerky recipes
is nearly endless and available for free on the Internet.
50% of every person on Earth likes beef jerky. It is a
tasty and wholesome snack food. Since beef jerky does
not spoil, it is convenient to keep handy for a quick
energy snack at any time of day.
the beef jerky industry retails about US$3 Billion worth
of beef jerky to consumers each year. The largest producers
are the USA, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Australia.
factories make beef jerky by the truckload. All factories
are under the supervision of government inspection agencies,
such as the USDA. In the USA, it is almost always illegal
to make beef jerky and package it for sale unless the
maker is approved by the United States Department of Agrculture.
jerky is sold at many different types of stores. It is
readily available at convenience stores, groceries, drug
stores, gas stations, and even vending machines. Since
beef jerky is concentrated beefsteak, it is a high-quality
and nutritious food. It requires 3 pounds of beef to make
one pound of finished beef jerky.
the USA, over 25% of all beef jerky is made by only four
major corporations. Smaller companies, like Beefjerky.com,
use their skills to hand-craft small batches of beef jerky,
taking great care to make each batch at the highest quality
possible. Some people search for the lowest price, and
some people search for the highest quality. At Beefjerky.com,
the management strives to maximize product quality while
maintaining fair and reasonable prices. As a bonus, Beefjerky.com
offers free shipping to its customers using the Internet
and the Beefjerky.com website.
jerky will remain on the worldwide menu of snack choices
for many centuries to come. As long as humans have teeth,
they will continue to eat and enjoy beef