What did Wolverine give Rogue to eat?

Hmm… I just read that back, this could turn out to be a smutty thread… Anyway, in X-Men, when wolvie first meets Rogue, he gives her a lift in his campervan. She asks if he has anything to eat, and he gives her something from the glove compartment, which she eats in like two seconds. What was it? It looks like crap. Just curious.

I always thought it was beef jerky.

I happen to have this, and just zoomed in on the package. It’s rather blurry, but my guess is that it is, in fact, beef jerky. Consider it’s in the glove compartment, it’s a small flat vacuum-packed something or other with some kinda image on the front, and that it’s WOLVERINE we’re talking about here.

Mmmm, beef jerky!

I thought as much. We dont have beef jerky this side of the pond, so I couldnt be sure. So, a better question would be, what is beef jerky?

Basically, dried beef, salted or smoked. Usually spiced.

Old frontier survival food, like Mountain Man C-Rations. Still has a odd following among outdoorsy types.

Somewhat related data point: I’ve seen similar packages labeled “kangaroo jerky” for sale in Australia. Maybe only tourists eat the stuff.

No, I didn’t try it.

Jerky is basically any dried meat, usually marinated and seasoned before the drying or curing process. I love it, personally. It lasts forever, tastes great, and provides a great high-protein snack (despite being very salty). It can be quite expensive, though, so many people make their own at home now, with food dehydrators. Beef jerky is obviously the most common here in the U.S., but I’ve seen turkey jerky, and I even tried delicious alligator jerky in New Orleans.

I always thought it was one of those little flat cinnamon rolls. Looks like I’m wrong.

And, oddly, a near fanatical following among Japanese. I have no idea why, but jerky (of any animal) and chocolate are the two standard souvenirs to bring to the office any time one goes overseas. If you’re in Australia, go to any shop that gets Japanese tourists and I can almost gurantee you’ll see shelves full of it.

actually, some of the best jerky i ever tasted was brought back by a cow-orker who had come back from a vacation in Japan…

squid jerky

MMMMMM…salty and fishy and good, problem is, it’s impossible to get here in my area…

My mom used to make jerky in the traditional Native American style. Take a lean cut of meat and slice into thin strips, then hang it outside on a very hot, dry day. The sun dries and cures the meat without the need for smoke or salt (although those things can be tasty). It’s good stuff, but a bit of a hassle.

…And if Wolverine was a “true” mountain man, that might not have been beef jerky but something else. I live in Montana and after hunting season, people give us elk jerky, venison jerky, pronghorn (antelope) jerky, etc.

Koreans too. Korean people love jerky. My parents once spend almost $200 on jerky at the jerky outlet store by Ann Arbor area to send to our cousins. Sadly, they said it wasn’t very good.

A “cow-orker”? You were right, bubastis. Smutty, indeed.

Have them try here I think it is pretty good and have found it to be cheaper than that which I get in local stores.

Speaking of beef jerky, how long can you keep 'em before they go bad? Might be something useful to toss in an emergency kit…

I don’t really know, doesn’t last very long when I make it, but I think they might rival fruitcake.

Alton Brown says that when stored in an air-tight container in a cool dark place, jerky has a shelf life of several months at least. Extra-dry it and vacuum-seal it…ought to be good for a year.

It’s a staple in the shops in the international departure lounge at Sydney airport so that the Japanese can make some last minute purchases before getting on their flights home.

Beef Jerky is the kind of thing I can usually only eat while I’m hiking, unless it’s really good beef jerky. It helps that it’s something you can just gnaw on while you walk, so as to distract you from how long you’ve been walking for.

Beware Beef Jerky’s evil 3rd Cousin: Meatless Pemikin.

Pemikin, FYO, is the old name for Beef Jerky. Used to be made from meat and bits of grain and stuff. Meatless Pemikin is basically a really dense, inedible sponge looking thing that weighs a quarter pound and which they stick into our food packs at Philmont. I’m pretty sure we were supposed to throw them at any bears that came apon us.