Remember that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba, amidst the menial army tasks of potato peeling and scrubbing floors with tooth brushes, lectures Forrest on the countless ways to prepare shrimp? Shrimp gumbo, shrimp stew, shrimp and grits… you get the idea. When you think jerky, the image that comes to your head might be of an ancient stick of beef from 7Eleven. But like shrimp, jerky has a shocking amount of diversity. There’s beef jerky, duck jerky, turkey jerky, ham jerky, Steve Martin jerky… wait, what were we talking about again?
Ah yes, jerky. Jerky developed out of the ancient practice of hanging meat to dry (is that where the saying came from?) to draw out moisture, preserving the meat and preventing spoilage. Sounds delicious, right? Hey, “dried meat” sounds better than “old meat.”