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. But have you ever realized that there are a thousand more different brands of jerky sitting on shelves of stores across 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.
Another thing you need to consider is if it tastes like real meat. Too much sweeteners, tenderizers and preservatives are being added to jerky of major brands which results in the loss of natural meat flavors. Try a bite and see if you can taste the same meaty flavor you taste when you eat grilled meat.
You can also consider the texture of the jerky when you eat it. If a jerky has too much sugar in it, it can become gooey when you eat it. 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.
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. The jerky is good if there is less or no fat on it. Having tiny streaks of fat in the jerky is alright to give it some beefy and real meat flavor. Chances are if you buy fatty jerky, it will taste sour.
Living up to the advertised flavor is another characteristic or quality of a jerky you should look for. 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. 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.
After trying a brand, try to think if the product makes you want to continue eating it.