National Craft Jerky Day:
Celebrated on the 27th of November, the National Craft Jerky day immortalizes the love for those flavored savory sticks of meat bliss. It celebrates the craftsmanship and traditions that led to the creation of this extraordinary treat and honors every small-batch jerky maker for their contributions.
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Why National Craft Jerky Day?
Craft jerky is the art of creating different varieties of Jerky to satisfy your cravings at any time of the day! It honors the artisanal creators of this delicacy. Jerky is made by carving out the best piece of lean meat or poultry followed by smoking, cooking, dehydration, and seasoning under prescribed conditions.
The word Jerky originates from the ‘Quechua word Ch’arki (dried meat) which was Anglicized. The Quechua were the inhabitants of the Andes mountains of South America and they traditionally made Ch’arki from llama meat. The tribes resorted to dry meat to preserve it during travel. They dried meat under the sun as there were no dehydrators available and no refrigerators too.
Jerky is your chance to enjoy your favorite meat or poultry in the healthiest way possible be it, pork, venison, elk, caribou, moose, beef, chicken, or any non-veg item that you can conjure in your mind. Jerky is processed in such a way that bacterial growth is inhibited even before the meat is dried.
Not only the choice of meat but the flavors too are numerous ranging from spicy orange, chipotle to black cherry barbecue. Commercially produced jerky is even customized to modern-day demands and diets providing options such as keto-friendly, sugar-free, low sodium, low carb. In addition to the commonly produced thin sliced jerky, it can also be smoked or ground into a paste, pressed, and dried in various shapes.
The research firm IBISWorld has estimated the revenue growth for meat jerky production to amount to around $1.3 billion over the span of five years. The launch of innovative flavors was cited as one of the primary reasons for this growth.
In recent years the expenditure on meat snacks is only second to that of potato chips according to the Nielsen studies. In the USDA’s Food Composition Database, Beef jerky is rated as the highest protein-packed snack. The current consumer trends of snacking, demands for high protein, low fat and low-calorie food items have given jerky the edge over other trending favorites. The viral video co-created by the North American Meat Institute and The Beef Checkoff encourages Americans to abandon all the trivial gifts and give men what they actually want, the gift of Jerky!
When mass-produced Jerky has overtaken the consumer market, the craft jerky day not only is reminiscent of the flavors and recipes passed down from generations of farmers, hunters and, families who perfected the art of creating the divine combination that you could literally kill for but encourages us to continue the tradition and to add our own magic into these concoctions.
This day pays respect to those artisans who worked with quality meat, unique recipes, and techniques creating their own niche in food history, where each piece of jerky told a story of its flair and flavor, way before technology invaded the hands, minds, and imagination of this generation.
How Can We Observe National Craft Jerky Day?
-This day is a good opportunity to unleash your love for jerky and immerse yourself in the jerky flavors ranging from chili lime, pineapple orange, honey-dijon, and teriyaki to simple pepper.
– Use #NationalCraftJerkyDay to share the delightful experience on social media.
-Be creative and invent your own jerky flavors and recipes and celebrate the true meaning of this day!
-Substitute your unhealthy snacks with a savory piece of jerky! And browse for the available customizations according to your requirements.
Interesting Facts about National Craft Jerky Day:
Here are Interesting facts surrounding jerky!
- During the drying process of jerky, the meat loses moisture, and three-fourths of its original weight, producing protein-rich, lean meat.
- Nasa packs its Astronaut’s lunchboxes with jerky since 1996
- It is common to serve Beef jerky with wine in Rome
- Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has a line of beef jerky.
- NBC News recently highlighted jerky as the snack trend of the moment
- Disney featured a character called Beef Jerky on its Quackpack show
History Of National Craft Jerky Day:
To honor and appreciate the small-batch jerky makers, Long Beach Jerky Co. proposed the National Craft Jerky Day. Alex Naticchioni and Richie Beckman, the co-founders of the company were struck by the business idea during their weekend of jerky making and beer tasting in Long Island Beach. November 27th was chosen as National Craft jerky in honor of Alex Naticchioni’s grandpa’s birthday. The day has been observed since 2016 however there are no Presidential claims declaring it as an official national holiday.