- Jerky is eaten in outer space. Since the early 90s NASA’s space crews have chosen to take jerky as a lightweight, high protein snack.
Squirrels make jerky too. No, seriously. Red squirrels have been seen hanging fungi out to dry between tree branches. The dried mushrooms last longer during winter.
- June 12th is National Jerky Day.
“Jerky” is derived from the Spanish word “Charqui,” which came from Quechua, a Native American language, and it means “to burn meat.”
- You can use almost any type of meat to make jerky. Although beef is most popular, you can find fish, moose, kangaroo, or even turtle jerky.