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You know what you want: beef jerky. Then you go shopping for it online and...well, it turns out that this name “beef jerky” is a lot bigger and more complicated than you expected. There’s teriyaki. There’s Alligator. There’s venison jerky, beef jerky, turkey jerky—the list goes on and on. The more you shop, the less certain you are. You just wanted some jerky, darn it all! Why is one of the world’s most satisfying and simplest snacks so hard to choose? Fortunately, we’ve put together a few handy tips to consider when buying beef jerky online. How to Tell Beef...

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Are you looking for meat that is packed with vitamins such as iron, niacin, vitamin B6, and selenium but low in sodium? Is this a very specific description written simply to make you wonder what this super food might be? Yes. And the answer is: boar.   Boar, otherwise known as wild hogs or feral hogs, are actually a source of lean meat. Boar aren't exactly pigs; there are a few differences. A boar is an "un-castrated domesticated pig" or "wild pig." You'll find that a boar has a longer and more straight tale than a pig's. They also have longer legs than pigs. A pig, for...

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In the larger conversation around lean meat options, elk meat definitely deserves to be featured. Venison is a popular lean-meat choice because it is high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. Elk (the Shawnee word is wapiti ), deer, and moose are all members of the taxonomic Cervidae family (deer family), but elk are the mid-size members of the group. They are, definitively, not deer. In fact, elk meat is even leaner than deer meat, so you might be interested in this particular game meat. There are plenty of advantages to eating elk meat—especially when you want to avoid the high cholesterol and fat levels found in red meat.    You can cook elk steak just like you would...

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Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be an "adventurous eater." For some, raw fish is a far stretch, and others order the full sashimi menu without a thought. But even those who don't bat an eye at eel (considered a fish!) might get squeamish at the thought of putting alligator meat on their plate for dinner. With that in mind, it's time to de-bunk the stereotype around eating a reptile for a meal. Maybe if you live in Florida, Louisiana, or another place U.S. or world where it's not rare to see a pair of eyes...

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The good thing about making your own beef jerky is that you can personalize it however you want. This means you can use your favorite flavors to make your perfect low-carbohydrate snack. A jerky marinade can be full of a variety of flavors: soy sauce, black pepper, liquid smoke, worcestershire, brown sugar, onion powder, hickory, paprika, garlic powder, teriyaki, bbq sauce, jalapeno, red pepper flakes. Truly, when you are in charge of your own jerky, you call the shots. But maybe this is the first time you're making your own jerky, and you need a little help when it comes...

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