How It All Began
When my sister and I were younger, our dad would shoo us out of the kitchen as he laid the marinade ingredients out across the table. The mixing magic would begin as we waited eagerly. The next couple of days, patience came into play. But once the humming of the 5 tray dehydrator began, eventually replacing its sound with the scent of mouth-watering aromas, the patience and waiting was at its end.
This began my love for Jerky. Over the past year, I have created incredible and natural recipes from scratch, and I am so thrilled to be sharing them with you.
I hope that you will enjoy and crave my creations as much as our family and friends have for generations.
Check out our About Page for more of my story and feel free to contact for questions and ordering!
Much love and cheers!
A cut above the rest...
What makes us different?
Most commercial jerky companies use chemicals in their processing to extend longevity of shelf life with their meat. You'll notice the reddish colour and similar taste and texture in the meats. Nitrates, (sodium) and Maltodextrin. Nitrates can be derived also from celery powder and/or celery juice. These are found in processed meats such as jerky, ham, bacon and hotdogs. Now the issue with this, is they of course aren't good for you. Between the adding of nitrates and combining them into the cooking, smoking or dehydrating it can generate a carcinogenic compound such as N-nitroso-compounds (NOC) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). These are known to be cancer causing agents. In fact, for every 50 grams (a little less than 2 ounces) of processed meat eaten DAILY, there is an estimate of an 18% increase in the risk of colorectal cancer.
If a company advertises that they do not use Nitrates, they will most likely have Maltodextrin as the substitute. There is a whole list of why this is not something that is a better option, but I'll touch lightly on it. Maltodextrin is derived from GMO crops. (High use of pesticides/herbicides, linking to cancer, kidney problems, antibiotic resistance, allergies and reproductive issues) It also has a higher glycemic index than table sugar. Evidence also suggests that it may affect the balance of gut bacteria, which may play a role in the development of Crohn's disease.
At Jinger Jerky, I do NOT add in any of these additives. My methods include safety and consistency that lock in every molecule of flavour, while still leaving the meat with the texture and chewing perfection that proves we are a cut above the rest. Each piece is high in protein, made with lean cuts of meat, and gives you a much healthier option than your regular store bought versions. It will stay fresh and ready to eat in it's convenient vacuum sealed packaging. Every batch is hand cut, marinated and dried with the same love and care that I prepare every meal for my family with.
Now that you know what separates Jinger Jerky from the rest of the group, I invite you to try my incredible, natural and delicious recipes that I know you'll love.