Random Food Fact #3

Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky (Photo credit: Thomas Claveirole)

I stumbled across this food fact the other day and it has taken awhile for me to digest, not literally. According to The History of Food, Attila the Hun’s warriors used to preserve their meat by placing their fresh kill under their saddles. The “jerking” and pounding that came from the ride served to squeeze the water out of the meat and flatten it. Additionally, the sweat from the horse pulled more water out of the meat. The sweat also provided salt to preserve the meat. By the time the ride was over, they would have made dried and salted jerky out of their kill. Smart and disgusting, but true…

 

Reference:

Jango-Cohen, Judith. 2006. The History of Food. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books.

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