Today, we’ll try to understand the mystery and benefits of jerky on your health as well as the specificities of Ostrim Jerky.
. How did you start with jerky ?
The President of our company originally had an ostrich farm in Greensburg (PA) back in the early 90’s and was selling Ostrich steaks to some of the higher end restaurants in the area.
In 1995, Dave Hawk Sr., professional bodybuilder (Mr. USA and Mr. World) visited with our President because of the health attributes of Ostrich meat and wanted to try some. Dave had so
me connections with GNC and had discussed the idea of making meat sticks using the ostrich meat and selling them to GNC as a healthy snack. That is how it all started.
. Can you describe the process to produce the jerky ?
Selection of the meat, smoking, …
We only use USDA certified natural meat and buy the leanest we can get, usually 93-95% lean.
. What’s the link between the jerky and sport ? Why is it good for an athlete (and of course, for us, running slower) ?
Our products are unlike your traditional meat snacks because we use premium meat, and we also have less then half the sodium of other meat snacks.
Traditional meat snacks are loaded with sodium and fillers, where ours are not.
Our newest products (Beef/Elk Stick and the Turkey Sticks) are all natural and all future product we make will also be all natural.
Our original line of the Beef/Ostrich sticks are not considered natural since we added Sodium Nitrite to it in 1996. Currently there is 0.001% of sodium nitrite in these sticks and in the next year we will be removing that ingredient so that all of our products are Natural.
With our products being a great source of protein, which athletes need for muscle building and strength, and with athletes always being on-the-go, our products seem to be the perfect match for their lifestyle.
For your information, any chocolate bar is about 400 calories, a regular sport bar about 220 calories. In comparison, a jerky stick is about 60 calories … (ed.)
. You are mixing different meats together, are you the only brand to do it ? What does it bring extra to the product ?
I do not know of any other brands that do this.
We blend them together for different reasons:
.. Makes us unique
.. Helps with cost (if we made an all-ostrich stick, it would be too expensive to sell to the consumer as ostrich extremely expensive compared to beef)
.. Helps to boost the protein and lower the fat (ostrich is very lean)
. What’s the range of products you offer ?
. Beef/Ostrich Sticks
. Beef/Elk Sticks
. Turkey Sticks
. and a Paleo Trail Mix (3 oz resealable pouch that includes Beef/Ostrich jerky strips, Cashews, Almonds, and Cranberries infused with Blueberry Juice)
To sum up, great intake of proteins in a natural bar with less calories than a regular snack. Great for sports activities but also when you don’t have time for lunch (ed.).