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. You can buy jerky that is expensive or cheap, and you can buy ones that are limitless or limited in quality.
But what are the characteristics of a jerky that will let you know it is worth spending money on? Classifying a good jerky from a cheap jerky is one way of making the right decision when buying some.
You also need to consider if the jerky tastes like real meat. A lot of popular brands of jerky today lose their natural meat flavors due to excess ingredients such as sugar, tenderizers and preservatives. Do a taste test to see if the jerky has that natural meat flavor.
A question you can also ask yourself if does it feel like real meat when you chew on it. There are brands of jerky that can feel gummy or crumbly due to factors such as too much sugar or has been cooked for too long. There are also times where jerky manufacturers put in meat tenderizers that make the jerky very mushy 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.
Utilization of low grades of beef and filling it with stringy sinews results in the jerky having tissues that are hard to chew on. Instead of having lots of meat, the jerky might have large chunks of fat. 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 effort of chewing is something most people consider when looking for good quality jerky. Having tough jerky was very acceptable back then. Now-a-days a lot of brands create chewy and soft jerky products for easier consumption. Save yourself the trouble of going to the doctor because of locked jaw and go for the soft and chewy jerky brands.
After trying a brand, try to think if the product makes you want to continue eating it.