• Beef Jerky and Beer – A Favourite Combination

    Some things just go really well together. Cheese and wine, fish and chips, meat pies and footie, sausages, and democracy. There’s no denying that sometimes you find the perfect match and then it’s hard to imagine one without the other. It’s no secret that we’re a nation of beer lovers, despite our world-famous wine regions. And whenever there’s beer to drink, there has to be quality beer snacks to go alongside it. There are plenty of candidates, from nuts to pretzels, but there’s one snack that many will agree is the perfect pairing for beer: beef jerky.

    When you’re drinking beer, you typically want something salty to snack on. But you don’t just want a mouthful of salt – other flavours are essential too. Beef jerky is ideal if you’re looking for something that can give you plenty of flavour that you can use to soak up your beer. Whether you pick a “plain” original flavour beef jerky or you experiment with different flavours, you can find the perfect beer and jerky combination.

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    Why Does Beef Jerky Work with Beer?

    Beef jerky goes well with beer for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s amazing to snack on. Anything that you can sit there and munch on, always wanting more, is a great choice if you want something to go with beer. Secondly, just like beer, beef jerky has a range of excellent flavours for you to try. No matter what type of beer you like, whether it’s lagers, pilsners, porters, or anything else, you can find a beef jerky to match it.

    Pairing Jerky and Beer

    Just like you can pair wine and cheese, you can have a lot of fun with beer and beef jerky pairings. You could simply choose any beer and any jerky that you like, and both will still taste good. But if you want to get more from your drink and your snack, the best thing to do is to carefully pair them to draw the flavours out of both. But where do you start?

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    Original Jerky and Lager

    If you’ve chosen a simple, uncomplicated beef jerky, it goes well with a simple and uncomplicated beer. A lager or pilsner is a great choice if you want to make the most of your jerky. It allows both your beer and your beef jerky to play nicely together and avoid getting overtaken by the other.

    Citrus Flavours with IPA

    The hoppy, citrusy flavours of an IPA go well with beef jerky that has citrus flavours. Look for jerky that has flavours such as lemongrass, lemon and lime, or other citrusy tastes. The citrus flavours of both your beer and jerky will intertwine and enhance each other so you can get even more flavour from each of them.

    Spicy Flavours with Stout or Porters

    A spicy beef jerky is perfect for anyone looking for big flavours. Spicy snacks are ideal to pair with beer and can be great to go with a full, dry beer like a stout. The malty flavour of a stout still lets the spice come through thanks to its dry finish. 

    Smoky Flavours with Stout

    Stouts can also be great to pair with smoked beef jerky flavours. The coffee and caramel tastes of some stouts combine with the smoky flavour for an experience that’s like sitting out by the campfire.

     

    Beer and beef jerky is the perfect snack combination. Next time you’re getting ready for a big event or you just want to relax with a few beers, get your beer and beef jerky pairings lined up. Try experimenting with different flavours if you want to make the most of both some flavourful beers and some incredible beef jerky.

  • How to Store Beef Jerky

    When you buy a dried food product like beef jerky, you might automatically assume that it’s going to last a long time. Drying is a form of preservation, after all, so it’s not unusual to expect that it’s going to be a while before it goes off. Of course, that’s if you don’t just eat it all within a few days of receiving your order. Our bulk orders are a fantastic way to stock up on your favourite snack, but you want to be able to store them for a while if they’re going to last.

    Fortunately, our high-quality beef jerky does last a long time in its packaging. Our 250 g, 1 kg, and 2 kg plastic packaging are resealable to help keep the delicious flavour in too. However, it’s important to know how long you can expect your beef jerky to last both unopened and opened. You should also know how to store it properly for maximum freshness and flavour.

    How Long Does Beef Jerky Last?

    How long your beef jerky lasts will depend on whether you’ve opened it or not. It also depends on how you store it, as well as how the jerky is made.

    Beef jerky is a meat product, so it should be kept cold if you want it to last. beef-jerky-and-beer When stored correctly, your beef jerky can last around a week after you receive it. Of course, we can’t promise that you won’t eat it before then!

    How Should You Store Beef Jerky?

    If you want to keep your beef jerky fresh and tasty, you need to store it properly. In the short term, you can store it in the fridge so that it’s ready to eat whenever you want it. If you want to keep it for longer, you can freeze your beef jerky and defrost it when you’re ready to eat it.

    When storing your beef jerky in the refrigerator, use an airtight container to keep it extra fresh. Our resealable packaging in the 250 g, 1 kg, and 2 kg bags make it easier to seal in your beef jerky after opening it, but using an airtight container can help to provide extra protection for the texture and flavour. Your fridge should be set below 5℃ for ultimate freshness and to prevent bacteria from forming. Premium beef jerky that’s made without preservatives or hormones deserves to be treated with respect.

    To make extra certain that your beef jerky stays super fresh, you can also use a vacuum sealer. There’s no need to go out and buy one if you don’t have one (unless you’re a beef jerky superfan and can’t resist) but if you already have one handy, it’s very useful. Keep your jerky in the fridge for around 7 days to enjoy it fresh.

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    Freezing beef jerky

    Do you want to keep a stock of beef jerky on hand for future parties, munchies, or whenever you might just be in a jerky mood? We don’t blame you. But if you want an easily accessible stash, freezing your beef jerky is the best option. If you freeze our beef jerky, it can last up to around 12 months in the freezer.

    Before you put your beef jerky in the freezer, make sure it’s well-sealed to prevent bacteria (and freezer burn). If it’s unopened, you can just pop the packet into the freezer as it is.

    But what about when you want to fish some jerky out of the freezer and eat it? You can’t munch on frozen jerky pieces, so you need to defrost them. The safest way to defrost anything is to take it out of the freezer the day before and put it in the fridge. This will ensure it defrosts slowly and doesn’t get too warm. Come back the next day and your jerky will be ready to go. It’s best to finish off defrosted beef jerky in a day or two, and remember never to refreeze it.

    Is It Still Good?

    You’ve found some delicious Nive Beef jerky, but there’s one big question: is it still safe to eat? If you’ve followed the directions for optimum jerky storage, you’re probably good to go. However, if you’re not sure, you can look out for a couple of signs that you might not want to chow down on it. If it’s changed colour or has started to harden, or has a bit of an unusual smell to it, it’s probably best to give it a miss. Check the date on the packet too, which will give you a big clue.

    Beef jerky is the best snack out there, but only when enjoyed safely. Make sure you store yours properly for best results.

  • Camerons Take Beef Jerky from Paddock to Packet

    A few years ago Augathella cattleman Doug Cameron was waiting in line to pay for fuel at a service station in Roma, having just sold another line of store cattle into a tough market for a barely profitable return.

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    As he waited he found himself looking at a display of beef jerky on the counter, his mind playing on the fact that just 50 grams of the dried beef product were selling for around $10.

    Doug had been making his own beef jerky to an original recipe for several years, receiving rave reviews from family and friends, with some even asking to buy it.

    The idea of value-adding also appealed to Doug, as it has too many producers, as a potential way to improve the returns he and wife Rachelle could receive from the beef they were already putting so much time, energy, and money into producing.

    “At the time with prices, by the time you took out freight and yard dues, you might have been getting about $50 a cow, and we were struggling with that like everyone else was,” Doug explained.

    “We weren’t in control of the market conditions, and we definitely weren’t in control of the climate, so we wanted to find a way to bring more control and try to get a more stable income per head.”

    While the value-adding path for many producers has led to selling their own branded beef as chilled or frozen product directly to consumers, to varying levels of success, Doug and Rachelle decided to follow a less trodden path by putting their already well-liked jerky recipe to the commercial test.

    It took roughly two years from that decision to the commercial launch of their branded “Nive Beef” beef jerky late last year.

    Nive Beef takes its name from the Cameron’s historic cattle property Nive Downs on the Nive River
    near Augathella. Doug’s parents, Brian and Anne Cameron purchased Nive Downs in 2004, when
    Doug and Rachelle moved in from Orinya at Quilpie to manage the property. In 2007 Doug bought the
    property from his parents.

    A unique point of difference

    Nive Beef jerky is a true “paddock-to-plate” product – or ‘paddock to packet’ to be more exact – an attribute that gives it a unique point of difference in a crowded and competitive retail beef jerky space.

    The central marketing message focuses on the sustainable nature of the Cameron’s cattle operation.

    Nive Beef jerky is made from 100pc grass-fed beef, free of hormones and preservatives, and produced from cattle grazed using low-stress stock handling techniques in a rotational grazing system designed to ensure the protection of grass cover.

    The process of making Nive Downs beef jerky takes about three weeks from paddock to shelf.
    Grassfed steers (Angus cross and Angus and Charolais cross) are selected at around 21 months of
    age, weighing approximately 450kg, the optimal weight for the production of lean beef which is ideal for jerky production.

    The steers are processed in nearby Augathella, where the muscle meat is cut into strips and cryovac-packed for refrigerated transport to a food processing facility in Toowoomba. There it goes through a process of marination, slow-oven cooking, cooling, testing, packaging, and distribution.

    The process converts about 100kg of wet meat into about 45kg of beef jerky.

    The leaner the beef, the better the jerky, Doug says. Fat content affects and limits shelf-life, which is why only whole muscle-meat is used.

    “We utilise the hindquarter – the topside, round, and rump, and there are also times when we will use the eye fillet depending on the season,” Doug said.

    The forequarter meat and trim from the same animals are sold directly to butchers.

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    Jumping through hoops

    Perhaps the biggest challenge the Camerons encountered in the two years it took to establish Nive Beef Jerky was the sheer number of food safety hurdles that had to be cleared in order to produce and market a retail food product.

    Doug has effectively had to become a fully accredited meat processor in his own right to be able to make and sell his own beef jerky.

    “I remember when we first got into it, someone said ‘I’ll take my hat off to you if you make it,” Doug recalled.

    “I said what do you mean? And he said you will have about 50,000 hoops to jump through, and that was pretty well right, to be honest.

    “But you understand why those hoops are there. We test every single batch we produce for safety reasons. It is over and above the requirements, but we do it because we want to know that the product is 100pc safe.”

    Since the official launch last year Doug said there has been steady growth in the number of retail outlets stocking Nive Beef jerky and in the number of orders being placed directly with their website.

    Two new flavours were introduced just before Christmas last year – Heated Garlic and Hot and Spicy – and a new Red Thai Curry flavour is also in the pipeline for release soon.

    “We take risks every day, such as do you feed the cows or do you truck them and sell them, and to be honest this is no different”

    Doug said that while many people viewed beef jerky as something you chew on while driving, with Nive Beef jerky they are aiming to produce a premium-product with a diverse range of uses, such as on gourmet platters, in school lunchboxes, or as an ingredient in other foods such as salads.

    Doug admits that plunging into the unfamiliar waters of marketing, product development and food
    retailing has been a massive learning curve, but it is one that he and Rachelle are thoroughly enjoying.

    “I have been on a horse since I was four, I will be busy for the rest of my life with this place, but this is allowing us to do something a little bit different,” he said.

    “We’re marketing our own product, I find it invigorating and interesting and hopefully it will pay off.

    “We take risks every day, such as do you feed the cows or do you truck them and sell them, and to be honest this is no different.

    “It is a gamble but I think it is a gamble worth taking.”

  • Why Buy Beef Jerky Online?

    Beef jerky is an essential snack to have at home. Ready to eat and rich in protein, it’s ideal for those looking for a healthy snack. 

    What’s great about beef jerky is that it’s easily portable, the perfect snack to have on the move. Snack at your desk, on your way back from the gym, or when you’re sitting on the couch at home – it’s a top snack to have around. Beef jerky also benefits from long shelf life, so it’s ideal for buying in bulk so that you’re always stocked up.

    While you can buy beef jerky from a number of places, there are a lot of great reasons to buy beef jerky online. Take a look at some of the benefits of buying your beef jerky online.

    Why buy beef jerky?

    Beef jerky has the rare quality of being both a healthy and tasty snack. It’s ideal for getting an extra protein hit and for keeping hunger at bay. Low in fat and carbohydrates, it’s suitable for a range of dietary needs and contains plenty of vitamins and nutrients too.

    People love beef jerky because it tastes great, but it’s ideal for snacking on the move. It’s perfect for traveling, hiking, exploring, and for keeping on you for when hunger sets in.

    Cut out the middle man, go straight to the seller

    When you order jerky direct from Nive Beef, you’re able to cut out the middle man and enjoy a great price on your beef jerky. We know our products inside out, so we can provide recommendations, guarantees, and incredible pricing to make sure you’re buying quality beef jerky from a trusted source.

    Our website is easy to use, so when you know what you want, you’ll be able to find it quickly and easily. 

    Easy ordering for beef jerky delivered directly to your door

    Making an online order for beef jerky is quick and convenient. No need to traipse to the store, you can have beef jerky delivered directly to your door. If you want to order in bulk, you can, saving you a lot of effort to get it into your car!

    Shopping in-store for beef jerky could leave you disappointed if stock is low. When you order online, you’ll be able to see exactly what’s there and choose all of your favourite items. 

    By buying beef jerky online, you can benefit from affordable and fast delivery. Order today and get your beef jerky order in no time – what’s more convenient than that?

    Access to new and exclusive products

    Buying directly from the manufacturer is a great way to shop the full range of products on offer. At Nive Beef, you’ll not only find our entire selection of products, but you can also benefit from exclusive bundles, flavours, and more. You can even choose your own flavour bundle to build your own combination.

    Being able to shop all of your favourites in one place means you can enjoy the ultimate beef jerky mix, as well as try some new products with our sampler packs

    Earn rewards

    Want another good reason to shop directly with Nive Beef? When you buy products directly through our website, you will earn rewards! Our rewards system gives you points on every purchase you make, helping you earn discounts and more on future orders. With a 10-pack order, you’ll earn up to 9 points.

    Support a great business

    Buying directly from the manufacturer means you’ll be supporting a grateful independent business. Nive Beef is a family-owned business based at our farm, Nive Downs. Our jerky is produced from 100% Australian grass-fed, hormone-free Angus and Charolais fusion beef, made with incredible flavours, including Original, Heated Garlic, Thai Fusion and Hot & Spicy.

    We’re extremely passionate about what we do, raising our hormone-free cattle with low-stress techniques, making welfare and quality a priority. Our products speak for themselves, with 100% hand-cut beef with an incredible flavour that is sure to leave you wanting more.

    Buy beef jerky online from Nive Beef

    Buy beef jerky online from Nive Beef to enjoy high-quality, tasty beef jerky delivered directly to your door. We provide incredible customer service, great pricing and a range of flavours and product sizes to cater for every need. 
    Visit our online store and buy beef jerky from Nive Beef today.