There are times when you realize when buying food like jerky that you see the same two or more brands. But have you ever realized that there are a thousand more different brands of jerky sitting on shelves of stores across the United States? Some differ in price and others differ in quantity.
But what are the characteristics of a jerky that will let you know it is worth spending money on? In order to do that, you need to know the difference between a good jerky and a cheap one.
You also need to consider if the jerky tastes like real meat. The natural taste of meat in jerky fade due to the fact that most major brands of jerky today add too much sugar, tenderizers and preservatives. Do a taste test to see if the jerky has that natural meat flavor.
You can also test if the jerky chew like real meat. Some brands of jerky either become gummy due to excess sugar or become crumbly due to excess time when cooked. There are also times where jerky manufacturers put in meat tenderizers that make the jerky very mushy to eat. Even after it has been chewed down to a soft mass it should still taste and feel like real meat.
Utilization of low grades of beef and filling it with stringy sinews results in the jerky having tissues that are hard to chew on. Mass production also results in jerky having huge chunks of fat instead of meat. Good jerky should have meat as its dominant part and not the fat. Although having a little bit of fat in the jerky is fine as it can also give it its beefy flavor. Too much fat and the jerky will taste sour or stale.
Another thing to consider if the jerky is worth it is if it lives up to its advertisement. You should consider buying jerky that has truth to its advertisement.
The most important thing you need to consider is if it is easy to chew on or if you need a heavy machine to crush it down to mush for you. Before, jerky was naturally tough to eat. Most brands today are now able to make soft and chewy jerky. Go for a brand that is soft and easy to chew on, avoid the ones that make your jaws tired just from the first piece of jerky.
When you want to eat more, then you will know that the product is great.