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I’ve always been obsessed by beef jerky. (Elizabeth Hurley)
Do you know that if you had told me yesterday that I would have anything in common with Elizabeth Hurley, I would have laughed at you. And, then I find that, like me, she has always been a little obsessed by beef jerky.
I’m not talking that processed stuff filled with preservatives and artificial colouring and a shelf life of a million years that you see at petrol (gas) stations. Rather, I’m talking about the jerky of old – pasture raised, ‘happy’ meat, free of any preservatives or nasties that has been naturally cured.
I’m kind of building up to trying my hand at making it…
According to the good people at Wikipedia, jerky can be defined as ‘lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt, to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed.’ So – it’s pretty healthy, given the protein level. But, it possibly should be given a wide berth if you have a problem with salt. I don’t. Have a problem with salt, that is. I also don’t have a dehydrator. Which is why I haven’t tried making my own yet.
Anyhoo – until I get around to making my very own jerky, I have found the next best thing. Griffin Jerky. Made right here, in New South Wales, Australia.
A relatively new operation, Griffin Jerky was started in July of last year by Brent Griffin. Apparently, he and his girlfriend were on a bit of a road trip in the States. They stopped off at a farm in Colorado and tried some homemade Buffallo Jerky. Brent was inspired – and, he decided to give making his own a red-hot go when he arrived home. So glad he did.
Brent’s jerky is made from sustainably raised animals – all grass fed, pasture raised, hormone & antibiotic free. His product is all gluten free and has no preservatives, added nitrites or nitrates, definitely no MSG. It’s made in small batches with all natural fresh ingredients. And, best of all, it tastes great! Really great.
If you live in Australia, you can order your Griffin Jerky online (here). It comes in a number of flavours and you can even get a nightshade-free version (that’d be the Classic’ – my favourite!). I’m warning you now – it’s very more-ish!