Five Fun Facts About Jerky

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. June 12th is National Jerky Day.
  4. “Jerky” is derived from the Spanish word “Charqui,” which came from Quechua, a Native American language, and it means “to burn meat.”
  5. 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.