For most of human history, the only way to preserve meat was to dry it into jerky. While new methods of meat preservation have now been developed (freezing, chemicals, and so on) many people still enjoy the flavor and convenience of jerky, which is most commonly made from beef. Because moisture and fat must be removed from the meat, it can also be an excellent source of protein, although these nutritional benefits are circumvented by the chemical preservatives applied to most of the jerky products you'll find in stores. For a healthier alternative, follow these steps and make your own!
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