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Posted by Administrator Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A new company has just emerged on the jerky scene with an exciting new product, caffeinated beef jerky called Perky Jerky. Now you can climb out of your afternoon doldrum with an energy blast delivered by your favorite snack, jerky.
Perky Jerky boasts 150mg of caffeine in every bag — almost double the the 80mg in a can of Red Bull. According to the company website, the idea for the product originated “after a long, hard night of energy-drink-cocktail-fueled libation” at a ski lodge. The next day, the skiers ate some beef jerky from an open bag that had been drenched in energy drink the night before.
“Much to [the skiers'] delight, the jerky had retained its original flavor, but had been made more tender by the accident,” the website relates. “What’s more, … they realized they’d been given an extra boost — the jerky had taken on some of the pep of the energy drink. On the next lift ride up, the greatest innovation in jerky since cracked pepper was born.”
All this excitement over the energized jerky begs the question, can you make your own version of homemade energized jerky? Definitely! I bet you could marinate your own jerky in an energy drink or add powdered guarana (a caffeine potent herb) to your favorite jerky recipe. I’ll be experimenting with some recipes and I’ll let you know.
Do you have a great recipe for your own version of Perky Jerky? I’d love to hear about it!
If you’re like me, you love a good bratwurst or Italian sausage once in a while. But you probably are watching what you eat, so you only indulge occassionally. Sausage bought from the store or butcher is almost always loaded with fat, sugar, salt, and who really knows what else! Have you ever heard of a healhty sausage? Neither had I, that is until I learned how to make sausage myself where I choose the ingredients.
You can make delicious homemade sausage that is’nt nearly so full of calories, sodium, chemicals, or preservatives.
Here are some great tips for making healthy sausage:
- Grind your own meat and trim off the fat. Commercial sausage is loaded with as much as 40% fat. If you grind the meat yourself with a meat grinder, you can make a much healthier sausage by reducing or eliminating the fat.
- Use a natural sweetener. Instead of sugar, use honey, molasses, or unrefined organic sugar. Many sausages are loaded with sugar and natural sweeteners are healthier options.
- Cut out the salt! Sausages from the store have unbelievable amounts of sodium. When you make your own sausage, you choose how much salt to add, if any. But watch out for sausage seasoning mixes, which also have a lot of salt. Follow a recipe and season with herbs, which add great flavor without the sodium.
Getting the seasonings and taste down just right can take some experimentation. Start out with a recipe and modify it to suit your dietary needs. Try making small batches and do little taste tests as you make it. Just take a pinch of your fresh ground sausage, fry it up in a pan, and see if it tastes OK. Then you’ll have an idea of what adjustments you need to make to the ingredients. Enjoy!
Hurricane season is here! If you live in a potential hurricane zone, you’ve got to be prepared if you’re gonna “ride it out.” To get ready for the storm, you’ll need plenty of water, flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food. One of the best food choices is jerky.
Jerky has been around for thousands of years, invented in the most primitive conditions. If a hurricane hits in your area, you could instantly be transported to cave man days and you’ll really appreciate this beloved snack food. Did you know that you can add jerky to almost anything and make it better, like canned soups, crackers, or even sprayable cheese?
Store-bought jerky can be expensive and full of unwanted salts, chemicals, and preservatives. Have you ever thought about making it yourself? It’s fun and easy. Make a batch today and save it for a “rainy day”.