Healthy Beef Jerky2022-03-16T15:52:12+00:00

BEEF JERKY THAT’S GOOD FOR YOU!

Tuddys Beef Jerky

Made here in the UK from only the best ingredients, our healthy beef jerky ticks all the boxes. An allergen-free healthy snack full of good stuff like iron, protein, and vitamin B-12, Tuddys tastes great and does great too. Whether you’re a sucker for salty-sweet hoisin, spicy sriracha, or smokey honey BBQ, we’ve got an amazing tasting healthy beef jerky option for you.

Shop our beef jerky range online today, available for delivery nationwide.

Aiming to be the Healthiest Beef Jerky… ever!

We’re on a mission to change the world of snacking, one bite at a time. Our great-tasting, allergen-free and brilliantly British range beef jerky range is undeniably healthy, without compromising on taste.

GLUTEN-FREE BEEF JERKY

All our beef jerky is gluten-free, in fact, we don’t use any major allergens in our products. Dig in!

HIGH PROTEIN BEEF JERKY

Each 28g pack of our high protein and healthy jerky contains 11.5g of protein. Protein suppresses cravings for junk food, boosts your metabolism and helps your body repair itself.

RICH IN IRON

Our healthy beef jerky is high in iron, the unsung hero for energy levels, immune systems, concentration and sleep quality.

GRASS-FED BEEF

On the go or in a rush? Tuddys snacks are a perfect healthy, tasty and mess-free option for busybodies. Our packs can be found in school lunches, on trains, in handbags, and, of course, on couches across the UK.

GLUTEN-FREE BEEF JERKY

All our beef jerky is gluten-free, in fact, we don’t use any major allergens in our products. Dig in!

HIGH PROTEIN BEEF JERKY

Each 28g pack of our high protein and healthy jerky contains 11.5g of protein. Protein suppresses cravings for junk food, boosts your metabolism and helps your body repair itself.

RICH IN IRON

Our healthy beef jerky is high in iron, the unsung hero for energy levels, immune systems, concentration and sleep quality.

GRASS-FED BEEF

We only ever use grass-fed beef reared in the UK and Ireland. Grass-fed beef is known to have higher levels of vitamins, antioxidants and Omega-3. We know it tastes better too!

Healthy Beef Jerky FAQs

Is beef jerky halal?2022-03-10T16:07:47+00:00

Not all beef jerky conforms to Islamic law of permissible halal cuisine. As per sharia law, halal beef must be butchered from an animal ritualistically slaughtered through dhabihah practices. Many beef jerky brands are manufactured in conditions that would be considered haram or impermissible by Muslim customers. Always make sure to check the label or raise any concerns you may have with whomever you are purchasing your food from.

What are the different types of beef jerky?2022-03-10T16:09:43+00:00

There are several varieties of beef jerky that differ in flavouring, texture and curing solution used. Most beef jerky manufacturers use fillet cuts, but ground beef and flossed beef are also common. 

Various additional flavourings can be used as toppings to the marinated beef strips. Due to the different curing methods used which can include the use of other chemical preservatives, some jerkies contain higher sugar content and therefore have a sweeter taste than the saltier variants. 

Of course, beef is not the only meat that can be used for jerky, either. Pork, chicken, mutton, venison and even kangaroo meat has been dried and salted for preservation purposes throughout history by many different cultures around the world.

At Tuddys, we offer three different flavours of cured beef jerky, each in its own distinctively coloured packaging: Hoisin in blue, Sriracha in red, Honey BBQ in yellow. 

  • The Hoisin pack glazes the jerky in dark soybean sauce for a sweeter, saltier flavour to remind you of the sea.
  • For a spicier kick, the Sriracha bag brings the garlic and chilli sauce to the table. 
  • Lastly, Honey BBQ is perfect for anyone who wants a smokey yet sugary tang to their jerky strips.
Why is jerky called jerky?2022-03-10T16:09:53+00:00

“Jerky” may seem like a strange name, but it is actually derived from a word in the Quechua language, spoken by the indigenous people of the Peruvian Andes. Their word for dried beef, ch’arki, gradually evolved into “jerky” after the dish was ingratiated into the Anglosphere.

The enormous popularity of beef jerky in North, South and Central America has led it to become a staple of American cuisine, but it has healthy market growth in countless countries across the globe. So, the etymology (name origin) of “jerky” pays homage to the recipe’s roots in antiquity. The more you know!

What is the healthiest jerky?2022-03-10T16:10:03+00:00

Beef jerky is certainly in the running for the title of healthiest and most filling meat jerky on the market thanks to its high nutritional value and low energy density. Of particular note, Tuddys pride themselves on the healthiness of their beef jerky snacks. Of course, snacking through your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is also important for your continued good health.

What is beef jerky made out of?2022-03-10T16:10:11+00:00

Beef.

Okay, there is a little more to it than that. Beef jerky needs a high amount of salt for the drying and curing process, so salt is an essential ingredient for all types of jerky. Various spices and powders can be applied for additional flavouring and marination. Finally, a preservative solution such as sodium nitrate needs to be applied to industrially-produced beef jerky products for an appealing appearance and an extended shelf life. The cuts of beef used can vary, though fillet and ground beef are the most common. 

How much beef jerky can you eat?2022-03-10T16:10:21+00:00

The recommended serving portion for beef jerky is around 1 oz, or 28 grams. This is the exact weight of a standard Tuddys Beef Jerky bag, funnily enough! However, the general guidance for serving sizes does not account for everybody’s individual metabolism rates or daily caloric intake, so it’s perfectly fine to eat more than that amount if you’re really peckish… especially since beef jerky is so healthy!

How is beef jerky made?2022-03-10T16:10:34+00:00
  1. First, the beef fillets have to be finely cut into small, lean strips, each about a quarter of an inch in thickness. The goal is to remove as much fat as possible, so any fat layers that cannot be cut manually must be either mechanically cut, filtered or centrifugally compressed. 
  2. Next, is the freeze-drying and curing process. After being frozen, the beef is preserved using a curing solution primarily made of salt and water, two of the best natural preservatives there are. When salt is applied, dehydration occurs as moisture is drawn out from the meat’s structure – the meat ideally needs to have its moisture levels reduced by more than 50% for maximum shelf life. Once it is allowed to thaw, the beef can be slowly cooked on an oven tray at a low temperature over the course of a day. 
  3. Finally, the beef jerky is safely packaged in such a way that bacteria cannot intrude to spoil the meat quality, either by vacuum-sealing or by filling the packet with nitrogen to flush out the oxygen that toxic bacteria need to survive.
Why is beef jerky bad for you?2021-07-01T10:32:23+00:00

Traditional beef jerky tends to have very high levels of sodium – approximately 22% of your daily allowance on average. In addition, some manufacturers can add excessive levels of sugar to the jerky during the production process. Whilst the addition of these ingredients in moderation are generally beneficial to the jerky and okay to eat, if they’re consumed excessively, they can be unhealthy. Luckily for all the jerky lovers out there, there are a number of healthy jerky brands on the market, offering lower levels of sodium, alongside high levels of protein, iron, vitamins A, B-12, and C, alongside zinc.

What is beef jerky?2022-03-01T19:55:43+00:00

Beef jerky is bovine meat that has been sliced into thin, lean strips, then marinated and dried with preservatives for both a long shelf life and a uniquely crispy taste. Designed to be easily snackable on the go, beef jerky has become the preferred snack food choice in many cultures, making it a global sensation!

The word jerky, derived from the Quechua work ch’arki, literally means ‘dry, salted meat’. It is available in a number of varieties, including buffalo, elk, and even kangaroo. The most popular option by far, however, is beef. Beef jerky is typically created by cutting lean beef into strips, before marinating it in a pre-prepared seasoning rub or liquid, and slowly cooking it on a rack over a low temperature, rather than using the air-drying method (common in biltong production). The cooking and drying process traditionally includes the addition of salt, which helps prevent the growth of bacteria before the process has finished.  

 

Is biltong healthier than jerky?2021-07-01T10:33:01+00:00

Whether or not biltong is healthier than jerky depends on the brand of jerky and biltong you choose. Biltong is generally healthier than your average packet of beef jerky, as it tends to be leaner. However, there are brands of healthy jerky, such as Tuddys, that match biltong’s low levels of fat and carbs, whilst matching its high protein and iron levels. 

Now available in the flavours of sriracha hoisin, and honey BBQ, Tuddys healthy beef jerky is a high-protein snack that tastes good and does good – averaging at 11.5 grams of protein per serving. 

What is the difference between biltong and beef jerky?2021-07-01T10:33:08+00:00

Biltong and beef jerky are both dried beef products. The main difference between them is the way they’re dried. All kinds of jerky, including beef jerky, involve thin cuts of meat, normally pre-marinated, being cooked on a rack, normally at a low temperature. This process slowly dehydrates and cooks the meat, with the end-product being a tougher, smokier,  palatably chewy strip. 

Biltong, on the other hand, is typically cured and marinated for a day before the drying process, which involves having the meat up to air dry for a week, before further drying, and slicing to size.  Biltong tends to have a more gamey taste than jerky and is generally slightly more tender.

Is beef jerky gluten-free?2021-07-01T10:33:16+00:00

Not all beef jerky is gluten-free – primarily as a result of the marination or seasoning process. Whilst the jerky itself is simply slowly cooked meat and naturally gluten-free, many of the ingredients used in the marination process, such as soy sauce, are glutenous. For this reason, the gluten-free status of your chosen jerky comes down to the brand. Tuddys offer a range of great-tasting gluten-free beef jerky options, including in the flavours sriracha, hoisin, and honey BBQ. Though beef-jerky often includes gluten as a result of the marination process, Tuddys have formulated an alternative set of ingredients perfectly suited to gluten-free snackers. 

Is beef jerky high in iron?2021-07-01T10:33:24+00:00

Beef contains a good dose of iron – particularly healthy beef jerky. One of our personal favourite high-iron off-the-shelf options is grass-fed beef jerky. Tuddys beef jerky is a great source of lean protein, iron, and vitamins A, B-12, and C.

One serving of healthy jerky, such as Tuddys beef jerky, is a great source, making up a significant portion of the 8mg per day required by men, and 18mg per day required by women.

In the case of iron deficiency, it’s important to seek medical attention and further assistance.

Can eating beef jerky make you less tired?2021-07-01T10:33:41+00:00

A large factor in many people’s tiredness is low iron labels. Iron is a hugely important mineral, playing a large role in carrying oxygen throughout our bodies – if you don’t get enough iron, you’ll probably tend to suffer from fatigue. Eating snacks and food high in iron can help significantly in boosting your energy levels over time, and beef jerky is rich in it. One serving of healthy jerky, such as Tuddys beef jerky, is a great source, making up a significant portion of the 8mg per day required by men, and 18mg per day required by women. 

In the case of iron deficiency, it’s important to seek medical attention and further assistance.

Where can I buy healthy beef jerky?2021-07-01T10:54:27+00:00

Although beef jerky is available for purchase almost anywhere, from convenience stores to Amazon, healthy beef jerky is a rarer find. Brands dedicated to making healthy beef jerky are normally exclusively stocked in online stores. Tuddys healthy beef jerky is easy to get your hands on. Our range of healthy beef jerky, which comes in 3 flavours of sriracha, hoisin, and honey BBQ is available to buy in our own online store for delivery nationwide, and at pubs and venues across the UK! Scroll up to discover more about our range, or get in touch with us via our contact page if you’d like to stock our healthy snacking products!

What health benefits does beef jerky have?2021-07-01T10:54:34+00:00

Healthy varieties of beef jerky generally include a number of nutrients such as iron, protein, and vitamins A, B-12 and C. An excellent source of lean protein, beef jerky is great for those looking for a slow-burn provider of energy. Beef jerky is also becoming more popular as an iron-rich option, perfect for anyone fighting tiredness, or even as a menstrual snack. 

How healthy is beef jerky?2022-03-01T20:01:06+00:00

Owing to its high protein content, iron richness and minimal fat, beef jerky is an extremely healthy and satiable snack food. High in nutrients yet low in fat and carbohydrates, a normal 28g serving portion of beef jerky gives the consumer a solid fix of vitamins A, B12 and C, as well as iron and potassium. A nutrient powerhouse, a typical serving of beef jerky contains 6 grams of protein in the form of lean dried beef.

A fine testament to the lightness, palatability and nutritional value of beef jerky is the fact that it has been part of the formulated diet of astronauts aboard the International Space Station since the 1990s. Many astronauts love beef jerky for its powerful flavour as well as for its health benefits.

It’s important to note that whilst jerky is generally a great healthy snacking option,  it’s vital to double-check the ingredients and processes of the specific brand or product you’re purchasing. Some jerky can be particularly high in sodium or overly processed, making it unhealthy if eaten too often. 

Tuddys is a proud healthy jerky producer, using only the best grass-fed British beef which is cooked in a way that ensures their products are high in all the right nutrients.

How hot is Sriracha Beef Jerky?2021-07-01T10:54:47+00:00

Tuddys Sriracha flavouring has been carefully formulated to deliver a great, balanced taste. Whilst many hot or chilli flavoured snacks have a “raw” super hot cayenne pepper taste without much else to it, we don’t believe that super overpowering tastes create a great snack. When creating our Sriracha jerky, we worked to deliver a flavour with traditional depth, balancing sweet, garlic, and chilli pepper flavours, without making it too hot. We think the final product has a nicely balanced heat level that builds as you eat, and doesn’t become unbearable. 

How long does beef jerky last?2022-03-01T20:03:27+00:00

Thanks to the thorough curing and drying process, beef jerky is designed to be stored in cool, dry places over long periods of time, with minimal risk of attracting microbial build-up before its use-by-date. Bacteria and fungal mould are the biggest and most visible causes of food spoilage, but they are effectively repelled by food with high salt content. A properly stored and sealed beef jerky pack can last for up to three months without spoiling at all.

Tuddys jerky should be eaten within 3 days of opening – though our team often can’t resist finishing a pack in one go. This time limit isn’t for food safety reasons, but to help ensure your jerky tastes as brilliant as possible – after all, fresh is best. Beyond 3 days, our jerky will not spoil (thanks to the curing/cooking process), but will start to dry out. If kept in a dry, cool place and sealed correctly (our 250g bags have a handy resealable section) then this 3-day limit could be extended.

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