F.A.Q.

Does your beef jerky have preservatives?:
Answer: Our products are all natural, no sugars, and no preservatives.

What is the shelf life of your beef jerky?:
Answer: Because most of the moisture is removed through drying, it is shelf life stable and can be stored without refrigeration, making it a handy food for backpackers and others who don’t have access to refrigerators. Commercially packaged jerky can be kept 12 months – home-dried jerky can be stored 1 to 2 months.

Is your beef jerky available in stores?:
Answer: We have several distributors that have different locations such as Walmart and Chevron stations.

Why is beef jerky such a good snack food?:
Answer: Beef Jerky is a quick and healthy high-protein snack food. It’s a fantastic “on the go meal” or snack whether you’re working or enjoying biking, hunting, fishing or hiking. Beef jerky doesn’t contain the high calories as in other fast food products. Our beef jerky contains NO artificial ingredients. Our beef jerky is made from lean choice beef and is USDA approved.

If your beef jerky is high in protein, low in fat and low in carbohydrates – is it a good snack food for one of the high protein diets – such as the Atkins Diet?:
Answer: Route 66 Beef Jerky is a perfect choice for any of the high protein diets – including the Atkins diet. Our beef jerky has a high protein content and is low in fat and low in carbohydrates. The Atkins diet and Route 66 Beef Jerky are a perfect combination for those of you trying to lose weight with a high protein diet. Many of our clients are on the Atkins diet and have reported being successful in losing weight.

History of Jerky

“Ch’arki”, a name derived from the Quechuan language of the Incas (which literally translates into “dried meat”), later evolved into what we now call jerky. The discovery of Jerky allowed humans to both store food for long periods of time and have an easily carried, dense source of nutrition to take with them on journeys. Jerky is both flavorful and compact and almost any meat can be made into jerky. Some say Native Americans made the first jerky (buffalo jerky) thousands of years ago, while others say an ancient Inca tribe called the Quechua made jerky as early as the 1500’s. Whatever the case, this time-tested recipe has been passed from generation to generation and in New Mexico the methods for making Carne Seca ( Beef Jerky ) were passed on generation by generation.

When the first Europeans arrived in the New World, they found that the Natives were making a dried meat product that did not need to be consumed immediately and they instantly knew that jerky would be beneficial to them. What the Native American tribes called “pemmican” was jerky meat added to either crushed dried fruit or animal fat. The Native Americans taught the settlers how to cut and prepare the meat into long strips and later shared with them the entire jerky-making process and some variations of seasonings to make different recipes. With this newfound knowledge and time-tested recipe, the European pioneers found themselves cooking and consuming jerky more than ever before; it was absolutely the snack of choice.

Jerky reached its height of popularity during the expansion into North America, where traders and explorers prized it as an essential source of nutrition as they traveled to new areas with limited accessibility to fresh food and supplies along the way. The fact that meat could be hunted anywhere along the trails that the settlers were following to the West made this method of preparing meat an extremely valuable skill. This was also the introduction of other jerky meat types such as turkey, goose, and other wild game. As the industrial age in America approached many companies saw the potential of producing jerky products in large quantities for mass consumption. Today millions of people around the world now enjoy jerky products. Join the bandwagon and enjoy the world’s healthiest and best tasting snack!

  • "My name is Warren and I would like to thank the people at OLD SANTA FE TRAIL (Route 66 Beef Jerky) for making a tasty snack that is also healthy for you. The idea of a snack that is low in carbs and fat has had a good impact on my eating habits and appearance. I've lost 35 pounds since I started eating your high protein low carbohydrate beef jerky."

    Warren Delutch
  • "Thank you for your prompt service. Your company has a great product. Keep up the good work!"

    Mr. Robinson
  • "I just wanted to let you know that my family loves your beef jerky. We were visiting relatives in New Mexico when we discovered your green chili beef jerky. We order every two weeks and we just can't get enough."

    Helen Flores
  • "My son mailed me a pound of your red chili beef jerky. I have eaten the last of your great product. Please send me three more pounds of red chili beef jerky!"

    Mrs. Emma Gonzales
  • Every year we attend the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We bought your green chili beef jerky and it was really good. I like the fact that your ingredients are all natural with no preservatives. We don't have anything like it here in Rialto. I'm getting my friends and family hooked on your beef jerky too. Thank you for the samples you sent of your other flavors. Your jerky is the best! Rialto, CA

    Amanda and Robert Evans
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