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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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