What is Charqs?

Charqs is an all natural jerky made with lean meats, and wholesome ingredients. The sweetness comes from pure cane sugar and the flavors from our secret blend of international spices.

After giving it a touch of real hickory smoke, we flash-grill Charqs to seal in all of the succulent flavors.  The result is a savory, any-time snack so tender a baby could eat it. (Please make sure your baby is old enough to eat solid food.)

Can Charqs be Shipped Overseas?

Sorry, but we cannot ship Charqs outside of the United States. However, what you do with it is up to you. Caution, every country has regulations regarding the importing of meat products. Before shipping Charqs out of the United States yourself, please make sure that you understand the laws of the receiving country.

Where is Charqs Made?

Charqs is made in a Federally inspected plant in Iowa – the pork capital of the world!

What is the Shelf Life of Charqs?

Charqs is a USDA certified, shelf-stable product that does not require refrigeration prior to opening. The recommended shelf life is about 12 months. The USDA recommends refrigerating all shelf-stable product within 3 days of opening.

Definition

The word Jerky basically means dry meat. Once meat is properly dried in a controlled environment, it turns from a highly perishable food into one that doesn’t require refrigeration. Nowadays, food science experts refer to this as being “shelf-stable”. To our ancestors, it just meant that it was safe to eat.

Etymology & History

the word Jerky comes from the Quechuan language of the Incas. “Ch’arki” was their word for a dried and salted meat, which had a lot of flavor and could be carried easily. The invading Spaniards discovered this dietary staple and quickly adopted it as their own.

The Spanish called it Charqui, and as the new delicacy reached colonial England, the word became jerky.

However, the Quechuans can’t claim to have invented jerky. There is evidence of dried meat production in ancient Asian, Greek and Egyptian histories, making It perhaps the oldest method of preserving food.

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