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. In reality, there are a lot more brands of jerky being sold to the average person daily. There are expensive jerky’s and there are cheap ones as well.
How will you be able to tell if an expensive brand of jerky is worth every penny in your pocket? 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. 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. 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. Some brands of jerky either become gummy due to excess sugar or become crumbly due to excess time when cooked. Other jerky brands that become too mushy because of the mistake of adding too much meat tenderizers. 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. 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. A little bit of fat will not hurt, in fact the fat provides meaty and beefy flavors to the jerky. 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. Advertising is everything, and if the product lives up to the expectations then it is worth the cost.
The effort of chewing is something most people consider when looking for good quality jerky. Before, jerky was naturally tough to eat. Now-a-days a lot of brands create chewy and soft jerky products for easier consumption. If you buy jerky and get tired by just eating the first one, then you should consider buying a different brand of jerky.
After trying a brand, try to think if the product makes you want to continue eating it.