There are times when you realize when buying food like jerky that you see 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.
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. 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.
You can also test if the jerky chew like real meat. 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. You will know if the jerky is worth the cost if it feels like you are eating real meat even after it has become a soft mass.
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. Mass production also results in jerky having huge chunks of fat instead of meat. 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.
Another thing to consider if the jerky is worth it is if it lives up to its advertisement. 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. Before, jerky was naturally tough to eat. 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.
When you want to eat more, then you will know that the product is great.