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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Meat Jerky is Making Comeback

I am happy to announce a reawakening in meat jerky; most people eat as 'beef jerky'. There was a period not long ago well about the time the Paleo diet came out that people were making their own meat jerky which is basically dried shavings of meat to be used as an energy snack. Somehow, that died down and got replaced by a increase 'spike' in smoothies (something I have never made or drank and never will) and raw vegetables (ditto) as the way forward in snack food.

We are still being told that carbs and sugar are the real enemy and that whole foods are increasingly favored over processed which should be a no brainer for most of us. But, maybe not. That is why so many of us are scrambling to figure out how to replace our reliable protein bar with a portable meal boasting a few less ingredients. Thankfully, in an effort to help simplify our life, and reclaim a snack choice that was long ago hijacked by a snappy tag line (you know who you are, Slim); therefore, I’ve taken the liberty of sharing this article (see link below) that identifies a variety of jerkies you can buy that fit today’s health needs and wants.

I also strongly suggest that you try making your own. Native people have been making this kind of snack for a lot longer and some even mix in dried fruit 'berries'; the end product was/is called pemmican a concentrated mixture of fat and protein. The word comes from the Cree word pimîhkân, which itself is derived from the word pimî, "fat, grease".

The meat and fruit ingredients used were usually whatever was available; the meat was often bison, moose, elk or deer. Fruits such as cranberries, currants and blueberries for example were added but usually the addition of berries was almost exclusively for ceremonial and wedding pemmican.

I like mine full of fat, the kind that dribbles down your chin when you take a bit. You might be wondering if I worry about eating fat as this has been recognized as the evil ingredient in our diet. My response is - No!
Sugar and processed foods are the evil ingredients. Ask any Native American what has happened to their health since they started eating what 'we' non-native Americans eat.

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