Here at Airstream Supply Company, we love the jerky from Yants. Made down the street from Airstream headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio, Yants produces seven delicious flavors of beef jerky. Equally perfect for fueling up while out on the trail or snacking at the office, this gift pack includes six 3.25 oz bags of their most popular flavors:
For almost 20 years, Yants Snack Foods has produced small batch, hand-cut jerky in Jackson Center, Ohio. The company began as a hobby for Steve Yant, who would cure his own jerky for friends and relatives. Eventually, demand grew, and Yant turned his hobby into a fully-fledged business. Seeking retirement in 2015, Yant sold the business to Vikki Sensabaugh who today carries on the craft of cutting beef, seasoning it with house-made sauces, drying it, and packaging it for sale. The company has a reputation in west central Ohio for creating some of the tastiest beef jerkies around. Airstream Supply Company is pleased to bring this amazing jerky to a wider audience.
"In many ways, I just wanted to keep doing what Steve had done so well," said Vikki Sensabaugh of her philosophy when she took over
"Once you put it in the oven and put it through the drying process, one thousand pounds of beef becomes about 500 pounds of jerky," said Vikki of the process which removes the majority of moisture from the beef. With a super-sized whisk, the team mixes up the sauces (the recipes of which are a closely-guarded secret). The hand-sliced beef strips are tossed in an industrial tumbler which coats each piece with sauce. The strips are laid out (again, by hand) on drying racks which are loaded into an oven so big a full-sized person can walk inside.
The beef is cooked at low temperatures, sometimes as long as three hours. When the racks come out of the oven, the team inspects the dried beef before packaging it.
"I'm looking for pieces that haven't completely dried out, or pieces that have too much fat," said Vikki as she worked her way through a tray of dried beef, tossing aside pieces that didn't make the cut. Some pieces she puts on another tray to go back in the oven for another round of drying.
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"I'd love to see Yants spread beyond Ohio," said Vikki. "I know we make the best product – our sauces are better than anything I've tasted out there. And people around here know us and ask for us. We have a pretty loyal following."
Yants, USDA-inspected, small-batch jerky is hand cut and made locally in Jackson Center, Ohio. The jerky gift set