Ready for (Vegan) Coconut Jerky?

Most people hear the word ‘jerky’ and automatically think of beef. But, jerky isn’t a meat-exclusive snack. Yes, even vegans can enjoy the delights of jerky now, thanks to the glory that is the coconut. As the Swiss-Army knife of your pantry, coconut has a million and one nourishing uses. One of those glorious uses is providing the makings for tasty coconut jerky.

If you’ve ever had a hankering for a chewy yet savory snack, coconut jerky easily fills that void. The young coconut meat is very mild, meaning it absorbs flavors well without tasting overwhelmingly coconut-y. When it is dehydrated to a point somewhere between fresh coconut and dried coconut, you get a tantalizing treat that is chewy, portable, nutritious and satisfying.

If you’re interested in buying coconut jerky, it’s just hitting the market. Cocoburg, a company that sells 3 types of coconut jerky, is available in select Whole Foods, and steadily expanding. What’s great about Cocoburg is their jerky product actually makes the coconut water-making process less wasteful. Coconut water manufacturers, trying to keep up with the demands of insatiable coconut water lovers everywhere, generally leave the nourishing meat behind, along with the husk, to be tossed in the waste pile. Cocoburg has partnered with such manufacturers to utilize what would be a highly nutritious ‘waste product’ and make it into a terrific vegan jerky snack. Look for it on your next trip to the grocery store.

Can’t find Cocoburg’s coconut jerky near you yet? We’ve got you covered. Try making some at home.

Homemade Coconut Jerky

  • 2-3 young coconuts, meat scooped and cut out in long strips
  • 1-2 limes worth of lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unrefined salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger, minced

Combine all ingredients except the coconut in a bowl and stir thoroughly. Toss in coconut, coat well and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours. Using a dehydrator, lay flat in a single layer on the tray and dehydrate at 118 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-6 hours. Ideally, the outside should be dry but the interior should remain slightly moist and chewy.

That’s it, easier than pie! Feel free to play around with your marinade, utilizing curry spices, tamari sauce, raw honey, lemongrass or other flavorings you may enjoy.

The sound of vegan jerky may not excite you, but this jerky is definitely worth a try. Think of it as spicy, chewy coconut strips if you prefer.

Coconut jerky will delight vegans and meat-lovers alike! If you’re loving the vegan coconut treats, give Thrive Market’s 3 ingredient coconut bacon recipe a try!

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