#99437. Asked by author. (Sep 14 08 8:03 PM)
The word "jerky" itself comes from the Quechua term Charqui, which means "to burn (meat)
Drying has always been a common way to preserve meat. By being dried in thin slices in the sun and wind next to a smoky fire, the meat is protected from insects that would otherwise lay eggs in the raw meat. Ancient peoples—for example, the Inca—prepared jerky from the animals they hunted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerky_(food)
Sep 14 08, 9:41 PM
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