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National Jerky Day

Date When Celebrated : Always June 12

Jerky has been popular for hundreds of years. Jerky originated in South and North America. Jerky goes back to hundreds, if not thousands of years before the White Man came to America.

Jerky is dried, flavored meats. Essentially, the meat soaked in brine and a variety of flavorings, and then it is dried. It is popular for snacks and as a nutritious treat on long hikes, while biking, and out in the woods. It is lean, nutritious, and light weight, making it easy to carry in your back pack.

Many of us think of jerky as "beef jerky". But,  it is make from almost any type of meat, including deer, chicken, poultry, pork, and turkey. A wide variety of flavorings, and often smoked, gives us a wide variety jerky to enjoy. And, enjoy it we do.

Did You Know? Jerky is a Space food. It has been on diet of astronauts in space since 1996.

To really celebrate National Jerky Day, make some homemade jerky. If you don't have the time or expertise to make it at home, that's perfectly okay. Go out and buy some, and enjoy it today.


The Origin of National  Jerky Day:

This special day was created by Jack Links Beef Jerky in 2012. It appears to have been created to promote their products, and the holiday caught on with the general public.

Like so many recent holidays, the title calls it a "National" day. However, we found no documentation supporting this to be a formal "National" day, which requires a presidential proclamation, or an act of Congress.

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