Tasty Travels: Jerky, USA


Modern America may seem urbanized and convenient, but even the land and the people used to be as wild as the natives who were once abundantly living in the untouched splendor of it all. Even in the recent decade, there are still places which retain their wild status. It’s these wild places and the need for portable yet nutritious foods that jerky found its purpose and set itself apart from many other American foods.
What is jerky, you ask? It’s dehydrated meat that is shriveled, almost unrecognizable from it's more sumptuous-looking state. In this form, the food becomes a lot tougher but is still chock full of nutrients, making it perfect to take with you on the go if you’re planning to pack light. Depending on the methods used on it, it will often taste spicy. Prepare your chewing muscles because biting on these can give your mouth a bit of a workout.
It’s said that the origin of jerky was traced back to the Native Americans and was since learned and adopted by the early settlers as a means to preserve a food source that is easy to store. The traditional methods of jerky creation involved drying the meat using the sun, wind, and smoking it with fire. Nowadays, modern methods are used to dry the meat faster and easier. It reached its height of popularity during the country’s expansion into North America, where travelers, explorers, and traders would need easy-to-access foods that would keep them going during those harsh times.
Nowadays, jerky can be enjoyed as a tough but tasty snack. From mountain hikes to camping trips, there are still so many situations where this portable food source can serve the purpose it was made for: being a viable source of nutrition in the wild.