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Clint Perzee, owner of Buckland Seasoning & Spice Company, removes venison jerky from a dehydrator. Venison is one of several meat options used to produce jerky.

Will you eat some Wednesday?

National Jerky Day is a fairly new “holiday,’’ created by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky company in 2012. It is celebrated June 12, with the next celebration coming Wednesday.

What exactly is it?

Jerky is dried, flavored meats. The meat is soaked in brine and a variety of flavorings, and then it is dried.

Name has Native American roots

The origin of the word “jerky” is from the Native American “charqui” which means “to burn meat.”

Beef not the only option

Many of us think of jerky as “beef jerky.” But it is made from almost any type of meat, including deer, chicken, poultry, pork and turkey.

It’s quite popular

Meat snacks rank as the fourth highest-grossing sector of salty snacks, outselling pretzels and popcorn.

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