Top Pick Of The Week

October 23, 2012

Garlic Chili Pepper Krave Jerky

Even if you’ve never enjoyed jerky, you’ll crave tender, flavorful, natural Krave Jerky. Photography courtesy Krave Jerky.

WHAT IT IS: Small batch, artisan beef, pork and turkey jerky.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Truly delicious gourmet flavors. It’s 97% fat free and just 50-100 calories per ounce. And it melts in your mouth.
WHY WE LOVE IT: So tender, so flavorful, so easy to tote around for a healthful snack (or as a side to a salad lunch at work).
WHERE TO BUY IT: Buy online at or see the store locator. Free shipping with five or more bags.

Smoky Teriyaki Pork Jerky

Smoky Teriyaki grilled  pork jerky.

Pineapple Orange beef jerky.

Chili Lime beef jerky.



Krave Gourmet Jerky: Yes, You’ll Crave It

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The delicious, nutritious gourmet jerky snacks from Krave Pure Eats have very ancient roots. The word “jerky” itself comes from the Quechua language of the Incas, who called their dried meat “charqui.”

But jerky dates back to well before the Incas, a civilization that arose in the Peruvian highlands in the early 13th century.

Jerky is a prehistoric food. From our early days on earth, Homo sapiens has been drying meat to preserve it. Cutting it into thin strips makes the meat easier to chew.

While this method of meat preservation was used by other ancient peoples, it was not known in Europe. The first Europeans arriving in the New World found Native Americans making jerky. Without refrigeration, any fresh kill that wasn’t consumed was converted into jerky.

Europeans in the New World quickly learned to make jerky. It was a high protein addition to their diet and easy to transport. The meat could be anything from buffalo to whale.

Today jerky can be found in meats as common as salmon, tuna and turkey, to exotic alligator and ostrich. You can still find buffalo jerky (Gary West Buffalo Strips were an earlier Top Pick Of The Week), but the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986.

Krave: The Evolution Of Gourmet Jerky


Krave Jerky, located in Sonoma, California, makes gourmet jerky from beef, pork and turkey. Unlike the ancient variety and many modern offerings, it is tender, melt-in-the-mouth and flavorful.

As with ancient jerky, the modern product can be stored for long periods of time without refrigeration. That makes it a tasty and nutritious snack to keep in cars, desk drawers, gym lockers and tote bags. Of course, Krave is elegant enough to keep in Vuitton briefcases and Prada backpacks.

Made by hand in small batches with the finest ingredients, the all natural jerky can be served as a snack or an ingredient in a remarkably broad variety of recipes. (Wherever you can use bacon, you can use jerky.)

  • The meats are marinated in a variety of spices and other seasonings.
  • All the fat is trimmed from the meat because fat doesn’t dry; making jerky 97% fat free.
  • The meat is double marinated to lock in moisture, then baked in low-heat smokers to keep it moist and tender. It isn’t dried or dehydrated as is customary with most brands. That’s why Krave Jerky is more tender and flavorful than you can imagine.

The result, melt-in-your-mouth jerky with beautiful seasonings, is a must-try foodie delight.


8 Delicious Jerky Flavors


Krave currently makes eight flavors, all in 3.25 ounce bags. There are also gift boxes and a Jerky Of The Month Klub. Choices include:

Beef Jerky

Chili Lime Beef Jerky, Curry Beef Jerky, Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky, Pineapple Orange Beef Jerky, Sweet Honey Chipotle Beef Jerky.

Pork Jerky

Smoky Grilled Teriyaki Pork.

Turkey Jerky

Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky, Lemon Garlic Turkey Jerky.

All are delicious with beer, wine, a Bloody Mary or a Martini.

Jerky Of The Month Klub & Recipes


For $30 per month, you receive five bags of your choice, with free shipping. You can change your flavors to whatever you’re “kraving” at the time.

Each shipment arrives with recipes. The recipes are also posted on the company website: tempting ideas that include jerky blue cheese dip, jerky bruschetta, jerky compound butter, jerky chicken, jerky pasta salad, jerky potatoes, jerky-stuffed portabella mushrooms and much more.

With other types of jerky, these ideas might sound uninviting. With Krave Jerky, they work beautifully.


Jerky Is A Healthful Snack

You know that jerky is high in protein: It’s solid meat. But Krave Jerky is better than most brands: It has been deemed heart healthy by the American Heart Association.

Low calorie. The flavors range from 50 to 100 calories per one-ounce serving, lower than many jerky products.

Low fat. Because all the fat is trimmed away, jerky is 97% fat free. The company selects only lean cuts of meats, which contain primarily monounsaturated fats (see good fats, bad fats).

Lower sodium and cholesterol. Due to its recipes, meat selection and proprietary cooking process, Krave Jerky is materially lower in salt (50%-70% less), cholesterol (50%-70%) and calories (15%-70%) than its major competitors.

All natural. Krave Jerky has no nitrates, hormones or artificial flavors. There is no MSG, other than that which exists naturally in the soy sauce marinade.

More nutrition. Krave Jerky is also an excellent source of zinc, iron and B vitamins.

Delicious and a good-for-you snack: How can you resist? Think of Krave Jerky for your home, workplace and for gift giving. Individual bags make great party favors and stocking stuffers.


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— Karen Hochman


Make Your Own Jerky

erky: Make Your Own Delicious Jerky and Jerky Dishes Using Beef, Venison, Fish, or Fowl   Just Jerky: The Complete Guide to Making It   Beef And Other Meat Jerky Recipes

Jerky: Make Your Own Delicious Jerky and Jerky Dishes Using Beef, Venison, Fish, or Fowl, by A. D. Livingston. Everything you need to know for beef, venison, fish, fowl and exotic meats. More information.


Just Jerky: The Complete Guide to Making It, by Mary Bell. Discover exotic jerky delights such as Bloody Mary, Chicken Tandoori, Mole, and Cajun and Honeyed Salmon Jerkys. More information.


Beef And Other Meat Jerky Recipes, by Deborah Dolen. Dolen is a best-selling author of 28 DIY-type books, but this one is by far is her bestseller. An excellent collection of jerky recipes. More information.


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