We know you enjoy lunch as much as we do. Whether it’s french fries with lots of parsley and lime, for cucumber and crushed jicama. Anything that whets our appetite is welcome, so today let’s talk about the bar-raising snack: beef jerky.
Originally from the North of the country, beef jerky is the perfect complement to any meal. Whether for its consistency or its incredible flavor, we can combine it with almost any food. From chewing with egg to savoring the strips soaked in lemon and a little sauce.
We are currently surrounded by many options, brands and presentations of dried meat that we can choose from. So, in this article you will find all the information you need to help you compare, decide and finally choose the best option.
The most important thing to know
- Dry meat is prepared from cuts of meat that contain a percentage of fat above the average of 18%, and thanks to its dehydration method, the percentage of fat is reduced and the flavor is amplified, as well as the sodium content. of the meat.
- There are three types of dried meat: Beef, pork or poultry; specifically turkey. The flavor as well as the nutrient content of each varies depending on the animal. On the other hand, jerked meat generally keeps the original values intact.
- Here are some criteria you should take into account before purchasing. These are factors like presentation, quantities and even flavors that you can find in the market.
Shopping guide: What you need to know about jerked beef
After this brief presentation of the best options, we will give you some information that will help you make the best choice. We recommend that you follow these factors or at least consider them in order to make a more informed and conscientious purchase.
What is jerky and what are the benefits?
Jerky are strips of beef or pork, even poultry, which are dried in the sun. Once the ideal texture and dryness is achieved, it is cut into smaller strips, packaged and sold. It is one of the most popular ways of eating meat in northern Mexico.
Currently, with the growing demand and business model, processes are faster. The meat is usually marinated or salted and then introduced in special ovens, which dry it, so the production time is shorter.
In Mexico there are many presentations and brands dedicated to the sale of dried meat. There are even different types of flavors: with pepper, with lemon, with garlic, among others. As well as amounts ranging from 120 grams to one kilogram.
Dry meat: beef, pork or poultry – What should you pay attention to?
Dry meat occupies three specific types of meat: beef, pork or poultry. Whichever type you choose, the process is generally the same. The change is in flavor and nutrient content, which can differ from one option to another.
Beef is the most widely produced and the most popular dried meat. It has an average protein content of 18%. The percentage of fat is normally 8%. It’s the option with the widest variety of flavors, brands and presentations, as well as everyone’s favorite.
Pig meat. It usually doesn’t come in as many presentations as beef. It has the highest percentage of fat, between 15-30%, but it contains almost the same protein content as beef and the flavor is generally more intense.
Birds . It is the option that contains the lowest percentage of fat, between 6 to 8%, approximately. However, the protein percentage is also lower and is estimated to average 16%. Turkey meat is commonly used most of the time.
|Percentage of protein||18 to 23%||17 to 22%||16 to 20%|
|Animal||cows and even bulls||Pig||turkey|
Finally, we’ll give you some buying criteria to help you compare between brands, type and flavor of jerky. We hope these criteria are sufficient to help you form more informed buying criteria.
There are two possible presentations in which beef jerky can be found. Choosing one depends not only on our particular tastes, but also on the occasion and how we want to consume this delicious snack.
Strips . This is the recommended presentation if you are looking for a small snack. Ideal for athletes due to its high protein content and the practicality of this presentation. The straps are elongated, a little stiff, so you have to press on them with your teeth.
Chopped . We recommend this presentation if you are looking to explore the use of dried meat in combination with other dishes. It is easy to eat as the strips have been finely cut to a texture similar to a denser powder. Perfect for sprinkling over any dip.
We must pay special attention to packaging, as the correct conservation of our dried meat will depend on it. The decision will depend on the approximate time we will consume our product: if we use all the product in a food, we want to save it for later.
Resale The option we strongly recommend is resale Thanks to its system we can keep the product fresh and make it last longer This is the ideal option if you have decided to buy more than 100 grams of product and not use the entire meal in a single meal.
Standard This is the simplest package Recommended if you are willing to consume the product in its entirety during a meal, meeting or even as a snack Ideal if you are not looking for more products.
One of the most important factors is the amount of dried meat we want. We must ask ourselves what kind of meeting or meal we want to prepare, so that we can choose the best option in terms of quality, and prices increase considerably thanks to this factor.
50g-100g The smallest presentation we can find on the market varies between 50g and 100g. The price between the two doesn’t vary much We recommend this presentation if you are looking for a boot to satisfy your hunger.
Medium kilo This is the ideal option for a meal with friends It offers the right amount to prepare a serve worthy of any gathering We recommend it for those who are looking for a bigger indication at a considerable price.
One kilogram The perfect amount if you are not only using jerky as a snack, but also if you plan to incorporate it into the main course This option is suitable for all those familiar with jerky, who like its flavor but above all, for those who know more than one recipe with it.
Finally, you should consider that the options for ground dried meat vary in terms of presentation, quantity and type of meat, including flavor. We can find everything from natural meats to dried meats with a slight hint of lemon.
Natural The true flavor of dried meat No additional ingredients in the container If this is the first time you want to try this product, we recommend this option It is also the ideal choice for cooking as it maintains a neutral flavor that does not overshadow the rest of the ingredients.
Chile If you’re tired of the natural flavor of jerky, maybe a slightly spicy kick is what you’re looking for We recommend this version if you’re looking for an extra kick in your boot Made with different types of chilli, but mostly red jalapeños .
Lemon With a slight citrus twist This is the perfect flavor for those looking for a balance between dry and salty meat. We recommend this flavor mainly to botanists, it contrasts perfectly with a good spicy sauce.