Jerky: The Snack of Discerning Oregon Trail Enthusiasts

woman holding Krave jerky package

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Six oxen, seven boxes of bullets, two broken axels, 700 pounds of food, and one case of dysentery.

When I was young and impressionable and heavily invested in the success of my time on the Oregon Trail (the computer game, not the real thing), I became infatuated with beef jerky. My friends and I would pretend to survive off dried meat, stale bread and cheese during recess (a game that seems both morbid and endearing looking back).

girl eating jerky outdoors with hat on

Today is National Jerky Day, and, while less fascinated by dried meat these days, I’m equally appreciative for it.

  • It’s a ubiquitous treat, easily found anywhere from a small-town gas station to Whole Foods. This is important, as many of my dream trips involve traveling to places where fresh, portable, healthy snacks aren’t available.
  • It’s a quick source of protein, low in fat and calories, and keeps well (just ask Annie….no wait, she’s dead. Snakebite).
  • Jerky is easy to pack, easy to eat, requires no refrigeration, and is backpack, dry bag, back-pocket stable.
  • It’s hearty and delicious, and easier for me to stomach while exerting myself.

Gall Tetons (61 of 120)

But above all, I appreciate simplicity in every facet of my life. KRAVE Jerky has no synthetic ingredients, minimal processing, no nitrites, no MSG, and no corn syrup. Just the things naturally found in whole-muscle cut meat, sea salt and celery seeds. KRAVE is one of my favorite options because it’s less tough than other brands, and because of the flavor selection: Basil Citrus, Black Cherry BBQ, Grilled Sweet Teriyaki, Lemon Garlic, and more.

Gall Tetons (70 of 120)

Who knows if I’ll ever cross the country with my oxen and my seven boxes of bullets. But if I do, well, I know just the road snack.

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