The act of making jerky, or dehydrating meat, has been a method of preservation since humans first found a need to preserve food. Drying meat provided a way of making it lightweight and transportable; plus, it keeps for months when properly prepared, and can be mixed with other food items when making a meal. Native people often pounded the dried meat and mixed it with dried fruit and animal fat to make a high-energy emergency
How to Make Your Own Jerky
About the Author: Dana Benner
Dana Benner has a BA in US History and Native American Culture and his M.Ed. in Heritage Studies. He teaches History, Sociology and Political Science at the college level. He has been writing about all aspects of the outdoors and culture for 30 years with his work appearing in regional and national publications.