Jerky is a type of dried meat typically made from beef, though it can also be made from other meats like turkey, pork, or even exotic meats like venison or kangaroo. The meat is sliced into thin strips and then dried to prevent spoilage.

Jerky can be made using various methods, but the most common is marinating the meat in a mixture of spices, salt, and sometimes sugar or other flavorings before drying it. The drying process removes moisture from the meat, which helps to preserve it and gives it a chewy texture.

The flavor of jerky can vary widely depending on the marinade and spices used. It can be savory, sweet, spicy, or a combination of flavors. Jerky is often enjoyed as a high-protein snack, especially by outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, and those following low-carb or high-protein diets. It’s also convenient for travel or as an on-the-go snack.

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