You go to the grocery store and look for the beef jerky and you notice that it is the same two to three different brands. What you did not know is that there are more than a thousand brands of beef jerky being sold at different stores in the United States. There are expensive jerky’s and there are cheap ones as well.
There are ways for you to know if you are making the right decision of buying an expensive or cheap brand of jerky and it is through looking for the characteristics of a great jerky. Classifying a good jerky from a cheap jerky is one way of making the right decision when buying some.
Knowing if it tastes like real meat or not is another way of classifying a good jerky. 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. Jerky brands sometimes make the mistake of putting in a lot of meat tenderizers that make the jerky too soft to eat. The ultimate texture test is if it still resembles the taste and feel of real meat even after being chewed down to mush.
Most brands that do mass production have a habit of utilizing low grade beefs and sometimes even adding stringy sinews which in turn results in the presence of tissue that is hard to chew. If the jerky is mass produced, chances are it has a lot of fat. You can consider your jerky great if there is less or no fat on it and a lot of pure meat. Although having a little bit of fat in the jerky is fine as it can also give it its beefy flavor. But if the jerky has too much fat on it chances are it will taste rancid.
Living up to the advertised flavor is another characteristic or quality of a jerky you should look for. Basing the greatness of the jerky on its advertisement is a good practice as it tells a lot about the product.
What really matters is if it is easy to chew. Back in the day, it was normal for most beef jerky products very tough to chew. But because of modern technology, it has become easier to eat jerky because of its chewy texture. 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.
The last thing you would want to ask yourself is if the product makes you want to eat more.