Is Beef Jerky Good for You?
I love spending time in the outdoors and it is a great way to reboot my mind and body from the routine of daily life. If there is one thing that I always take with me when I am in the lap of nature, it’s dehydrated beef jerky. It’s easy to carry, easy to eat, and doesn’t take up much space in my backpack. Whether I am hiking or camping, I make sure there is enough beef jerky with me to last me the time I am outdoors. If I have more time than that, I tell my husband to fire up the grill and we make large batches of jerky that’s grilled to a smokey perfection. The best part about grilled jerky is that it retains a tender feel to it that can’t be achieved in a dehydrator.
A day or two before leaving for a trip, I just pop prepared beef slices or strips in my jerky dehydrator or outdoor grill and let it run for as long as it takes for the beef to become completely dry. I pack up the jerky in air right ziplock bags so that when I open it on the trail, it is dry and fresh. I also add these jerky pieces to any food that I cook on the trails. Having jerky with me gives me a unique and tasty way to get some much needed protein in my diet. There are quite many easy and brilliant recipes that make use of beef jerky, but you can add it to virtually any kind of dish while cooking.
Is Beef Jerky Good for You?
This is the one question my friends often ask me when they see me eating beef jerky or preparing dishes from rehydrated beef jerky.
Of course, it’s good for me, I tell them. All because I prepared it in my home, in my own dehydrator, and without using any of the preservatives or chemicals that are put in beef jerky that’s sold in the stores.
The preservatives and chemicals surely make the jerky last longer, but in the long run, these chemicals are not good for your health. Excess salt that’s often used to make beef jerky last longer in stores can lead to a range of health problems like high blood pressure. Beef jerky available in stores is also loaded with chemicals such as MSG and sodium nitrate that can be harmful for your body. If you’re allergic to preservatives and salts, you might not want to try store beef jerky.
All Natural Jerky Is the Way to Go
As long as you prepare your beef jerky at home, using all natural ingredients, in the manner mentioned in the recipes, you can rest assured about the quality and nutritional value of the beef jerky. Beef jerky is a natural source of protein and it helps in maintaining the level of insulin in the body. Whether you’re eating beef jerky as a snack or using it as an addition to your meals, you can rest assured that home cooked beef jerky is healthy for you.
By making your own beef jerky at home, you can control every step of the process, from cutting the meat to using spices and salts of your choice, and drying it on your grill or in your dehydrator. You can also make a whole batch of jerky at home and it can actually end up costing you less than it would cost if you picked up the same amount from a supermarket.
An Ideal Energy Source for Athletes
Beef jerky is also a great source of protein for athletes and sportspersons who engage in high intensity physical activity. The protein in beef jerky helps in the release of amino acids that further help the muscles to repair, rebuild, and recover from physical activity. If you’re out on the trails, you can easily get some instant energy from chewing on beef jerky as it is easy to eat and requires almost no preparation.
You can also add beef jerky to any meal you’re cooking for an additional dose of protein in your diet. Jerky rehydrates quickly in presence of any kind of fluid and if you add pieces of jerky to your soup, broth, rice, or stew, you can rest assured you will have a delicious meal in no time.
What to Look for When Buying Jerky from a Store
Also, in case you don’t have a dehydrator or a grill and you find dehydrating jerky on your own a chore, you can look for jerky brands in stores that low amount of sodium or sugar in them. Always check the labels to see the kind of chemicals and preservatives that are being used in jerky that’s available in stores. Opt for low sodium and low fat versions of jerky and you can enjoy these as much as homemade jerky.
Hi there! I am Linda! I am a housewife and Chief Editor at DehydratorBlog.com. I have always been interested in cooking and eating a healthy diet. I felt that there is very little information out there about the advantages of dehydrated foods and that’s why I started my food dehydrator blog; to increase awareness about dehydrators and dehydrated foods. Please visit my blog for more information or simply leave a comment on any of the posts on my blog to get in touch! I’d love to hear your ideas about the kind of posts you’d like to see on my blog.