Everytime you go to the store to buy beef jerky, you notice that it is always the same two or more 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? One way of making the right decision when buying one is knowing the difference between a good jerky and a cheap jerky.
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.
A question you can also ask yourself if does it feel like real meat when you chew on it. If a jerky has too much sugar in it, it can become gooey when you eat it. Other jerky brands that become too mushy because of the mistake of adding too much meat tenderizers. 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. 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. Too much fat and the jerky will taste sour or stale.
You may also want to check if the jerky lives up to its advertised quality. Basing the greatness of the jerky on its advertisement is a good practice as it tells a lot about the product.
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. 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.
The last thing you would want to ask yourself is if the product makes you want to eat more.