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It's easy to give in to our hunger, especially when it's peak afternoon but it's not time for dinner yet. You don't want to grab just anything from the pantry or the refrigerator, because, as your parents likely told you as a child, you'll spoil your dinner. In other words, something unhealthy might not have the best benefits for your body, your energy, and your overall wellbeing. But when that 3 or 4 p.m. hunger strikes, carbs are usually more convenient than a healthy snack. That doesn't have to be the case. Beef jerky is actually a very healthy snack...

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If you're a fan of beef jerky, you might want to experiment with making your own. First off, making your own favorite snack is a lot easier and affordable than keeping the pantry stocked with store-bought jerky.    You can dehydrate your own meat, marinate it with your favorite flavor, and store it to ensure it that it has a long shelf life—all at home. You can select the marinade of your choice, and even perfect your beef jerky recipe from the comfort of your own home.    There are plenty of good reasons for wanting to make your own jerky at home. Store-bought jerky comes with preservatives that you might not want...

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When it comes to healthy snacks, beef jerky is an obvious go-to. Jerky is a low-fat option for a hike, a camping trip, or even just to keep on hand in your kitchen cabinet. Dried meat is dehydrated, so it doesn't have moisture that can cause spoilage or mold. The drying process ensures that jerky has a long shelf life, unlike fresh meat. Instead of packing ground meat for a snack on a day trip, it's more practical to small pieces of jerky, which is easy to pack and won't easily spoil in the heat. Refrigeration helps beef jerky last...

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Beef jerky is great to have along for a road trip. These days, especially, when the CDC advises against constant against air travel, you might be on the road for long periods of time without a quality cooler at your disposal. This means you're going to want to stay away from things that melt, spoil, and don't do well with heat. Sorry if you're really craving an ice cream sandwich for a 12-hour road trip (probably not the best idea!). Instead, it might be better if you pack several different flavors of beef jerky: you could go with a black...

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Before refrigerators and freezers, people needed different ways to safely preserve food. One of the most tried-and-true methods? Dehydrating. Today, you can think of beef jerky as the modern version of hanging meat out to dry for the purposes of preservation—it’s just slightly more sophisticated than that. Here’s everything you need to know about how beef jerky is made, especially if you want to know how to make it well.   The Benefits of Making Your Own Beef Jerky First things first. Why bother making your own beef jerky? Everyone’s reasons vary, but there are some potential benefits that you’ll...

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