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Jerky Facts

Lots to be said for jerky and according to some reports, seems it is experiencing a resurgence not only here in the states but also around and out of this world. There are always lots of lists expressing opinions[1], and the five (5) below are our top five favorites:

  1. Been around since circa 1550 (South America)
  2. Loses 2/3 of weight during drying
  3. Eaten by astronauts in outer space since 1996
  4. Enjoyed in Rome with wine
  5. $2.5 billion a year in product sales (WOW !!!!  guess that’s why we see so many different brands of jerky for sale everywhere)
Top 10 Foods with Protein

Protein is an important part of any balanced diet and if you want to increase your protein but limit your jerky intake due to the sodium content, try one of the following  foods that are high in protein. [2]

 

  1. Fish
  2. Seafood
  3. Skinless, white-meat poultry
  4. Lean beef (including tenderloin, sirloin, eye of round)
  5. Skim or low-fat milk
  6. Skim or low-fat yogurt
  7. Fat-free or low-fat cheese
  8. Eggs
  9. Lean pork (tenderloin)
  10. Beans

[1] http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/10-things-you-didn-t-know-about-beef-jerky-slideshow?slide=4

[2] http://www.webmd.com/diet/top-10-protein-foods

Perfect Jerky for Dogs

dogjerky_chickenHumans are not the only ones who love jerky.   Our furry friends also love to chew on a bit of this tasty snack – but, when making homemade jerky for your special friend, you’ll need to use a different recipe since some of the ingredients in human jerky may be harmful to canines.  And, as a special caution, check with your pet’s veterinarian before  feeding them any jerky snacks.

We’ve done a bit of searching on the Internet and found the following recipes.  Interesting most of the dog jerky recipes seem to  be made with chicken – but we’ve also included one for beef and one for  liver.  Liver jerky???

When making jerky treats for your pet, no special equipment is needed.  Just use the same dehydrators and store as you would any jerky you would make for yourself.  Might add,  you can eat Fido’s jerky as well – just don’t let him catch you eating it.

Chicken Jerky No. 1

For this recipe all you need is three (3) boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Three pounds of raw meat equal about one pound of jerky.

Directions:

  1. Wash chicken breasts, remove all bits of fat and pat dry.
  2. Using a sharp knife or meat slicer, slice chicken into 3/8 – 1/4 inch strips.   Place breasts in the freezer for about 1 hour, this will make them easier to slice.
  3. Place slices on dehydrator racks without touching.
  4. Turn dehydrator on and set to 160 degrees.
  5. Dehydrate for approximately 3 hours.

 Note:  This jerky can be made soft or hard.  The three hours will produce ‘soft’ jerky; for hard jerky extend the drying time, but keep a watchful eye on the pieces.

For all the scoop of this jerky, visit chicken dog jerky.[1]

Chicken Jerky No. 2 [2] –  Basically the same as above, but has instructions for making in a home oven.  Chicken Jerky no. 2.

Chicken Jerky No. 3 [3] – Made with peanut butter and soy sauce.  Chicken jerky no. 3.

Chicken Jerky No. 4  [4]  –  Made with vegetable oil   Chicken jerky no. 4.

Beef Jerky for Dogs* [5] – Made using both lean ground beef and calf liver.   Beef jerky for dogs.

Beef and chicken Jerky [6] – Instructions for making in home oven.  Beef and chicken jerky for dogs.

Liver (or any other organ meat) Jerky [7] – Illustrated directions.  Liver/organ jerky for dogs.

*  Put parchment paper on the bottom of the dehydrator for an easier clean-up.

 

Disclaimer:  Please note, that while we’ve placed the recipes above for your convenience, we have not tried making any of these jerkies and the visitor/pet owner should review the complete recipe  and instructions on the third-party website links provided.  Perfect Jerky will not be responsible for any errors or omissions made by these third-party websites/blogs and visitor understands that the decision to make jerky to feed their pet is at their sole discretion. 

 

 

 

[1]  http://www.justjerkytreats.com/homemade-chicken-jerky-for-dogs/

[2] http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/chicken-jerky-dog-treats.html

[3]  http://www.popsugar.com/pets/Homemade-Chicken-Jerky-Dogs-31813005

[4] http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-food/dog-recipes/chicken-jerky-dog-treats.aspx

[5]  http://www.entirelypets.com/beef-jerky-recipe-for-dogs.html

[6]  http://www.hellawella.com/homemade-chicken-and-beef-jerky-dogs-recipe

[7]  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Liver-Jerky-Dog-Treats/

 

Jerky Flavors: Mild to Habanero Hot

There are many different flavors and degrees of heat for making jerky.  Some like their jerky with a relatively mild, original smoky flavor, some like sweet, while others like it eye-watering HOT!

We’re taking a look at some of the more popular flavors available for making your own jerky at home as well as how to determine where flavors rank on the pepper scale for being hot.

Little bit of history before we begin.  The degree of spicy heat for peppers (capsaicin concentration) – or any other food for that matter is based on the Scoville scale heat units.  [1]  This scale was devised  in 1912 by a pharmacist, Wilbur Scoville.    He developed his scale by the simple method of taster sensitivity.  Not very precise, but none-the-less it is still used today and covers more than 15 types of edible peppers.

 

scovillepepperchart

While you’ll find a wide variety of jerky seasonings available, most of them tend to favor the hardwood flavors (hickory, oak, mesquite), cracked pepper and garlic, Cajun – a variety of mixed spices, and sweet (BBQ and Teriyaki) with hot pepper flavors (Jalapeno and Haberano) seemingly having the least variety.

Another popular way you’ll find jerky seasonings offered to the consumer  is where an assortment of flavors are in one package.  We found the most common variety package to include variations of hardwood, black pepper, jalapeno and Cajun.  Interestingly, some of the best jerky seasonings out there have been created by small companies and are ‘Award Winning’.  (Look for the  ‘blue ribbon’  on the jerky chart page. )

Most pre-packaged seasonings you may buy are ready to go including both spices and cure.  However, if you are looking for a cure to use for jerky  – or corned beef, etc. – Morton has a ‘five star’ rated product.   Read more about  Morton Cure here.

You’ll find these pre-packaged seasonings can be used for making both jerky strips and sticks using beef, buffalo, pork, poultry, fish or wild game.

To see a list of the top selling jerky flavors on Amazon – ranked according to flavor and spiciness  – visit the Jerky Seasoning Chart –  with links to get details on product or purchase.

 

 

 

 

[1]  scoville   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale