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NASA Has Been Sending Astronauts Into Space With Jerky Since 1996.

Craft jerky is the standard by which all other jerky is measured. National Craft Jerky Day on November 27 awakens the taste buds and ignites the opinions of jerky fans the world over by focusing on artisanal creators of this dehydrated, seasoned meat and snack extraordinaire.

  • The origin of the word Jerky is from Native American “Charqui” which means “to burn meat”.
  • NASA has been sending astronauts into space with jerky since 1996.
  • Although beef is the most common type of jerky, one can also find jerky from wild game such as venison, elk, caribou, moose and even kangaroo meat.
  • Nutritionally, jerky is low in fat and high in protein. The major issue is the huge amount of sodium. A 1 oz serving contains up to 15 grams of protein, but 600mg of sodium.
  • Meat snacks rank as the fourth highest-grossing sector of salty snacks, outselling pretzels and popcorn.
  • Many European Union countries currently prohibit the importing of meat products like jerky, requiring extensive customs documentation and inspections.
  • Beef jerky was invented around 1550 by the Quechua people, who are native to South America.
  • Jerky’s first purpose was to provide a way for Native Americans to bring protein-rich food on long journeys.
  • Beef jerky is an incredibly popular snack food, and while it may be high in sodium, it’s lean and full of protein. We’re experiencing somewhat of a jerky renaissance these days, with companies like Jack Link’s and Matador being joined by more out-of-the-box companies like Krave, which was recently purchased by Hershey’s and sells jerky in flavors like chili lime and pineapple orange
  • Meat snacks and jerky is an estimated $2.5 billion category in the United States, and it continues to grow.
  • Called coppiette, Roman jerky was traditionally horse or donkey meat, but is now usually made from pork. Seasoned with red pepper and fennel, it’s popular in Roman osterias.


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