Welcome to The Jerky Shack’s website
What is Jerky?
Jerky is an ancient method of preserving meat, namely beef traditionally but can also be venison. As a preservation method jerky goes back thousands of years. In hot sunny climates meat is air dried, but this does not work in the UK due to the humidity, so meat would be dried above fires, Drying above a fire has the added benefit of smoking the meat adding another flavour but also improving the preservative effects. (Smoke contains natural sulphates and coats the meat in a protective layer). At some point in the past herbs and spices were added to the meat to improve the flavour further, Traditionally in the UK these would be salt, juniper, Comfrey and many other herbs forgotten to us now.