Jerky: a How-to Make and a Subscription Box!

Jerky: a How-to Make and a Subscription Box!

You know when you come across those subscription boxes, or maybe even a product that makes you stop and think; ‘where have you been all my life?’ That’s the exact thought I had as I was unboxing my package from Jerky Snob a few days ago. I have always been a jerky lover from when I was a kid and my mom included a package of grocery store-bought jerky in my stocking at Christmas. I remember thinking, what? Why haven’t I tried this before? Where has this been all of my life?

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Making beef jerky was once the only way that humans could preserve meat- by drying it out. It’s also different because the process of making jerky involves removing the fat, as fat does not dry and would cause the jerky to go bad much faster.

If you want to make jerky, after removing the fat you would need to marinate the meat and season it with whatever seasoning and/or sauce of your choosing, this can get really fun considering there are SO many different ways of seasoning meat, and if you’ve ever had beef jerky you know what I’m talking about with the huge variety of flavours!

Dehydrating the meat is your next step, which can take anywhere from 8-12 hours depending on the meat and how long it will take it remove the moisture. Amazingly, you can also do this in an oven if you set the temperature low enough (about 165 F).

To store, mason jars or tightly sealed containers are the most ideal storing methods. You would then want to place the jerky in a fridge or freezer, and eat for up to 2 weeks after making if placed in the fridge.

The fact that you can make your own jerky is pretty awesome in itself, but I was even more amazed at the amount of jerky subscription boxes out there. The only downside for Canadians is that most are made in the USA and either don’t ship to Canada or have ridiculous shipping rates. Add on conversion rates and you end up paying an arm and a leg. I decided to bite the bullet and try out a jerky subscription box I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Jerky Snob

Jerky Snob ONLY delivers premium jerky to your door that is formulated without MSG, nitrates, nitrites or corn syrup.

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You can choose to buy boxes that come with either 2, 4, or 8 bags of premium jerky, and you can choose from a monthly, 3, 6, or 12 month subscription.

The Price

2 bags= $15.00

4 bags (1/2 pound)= $27.00

8 bags (1 pound)= $54.00

These prices really are reasonable for USA residents but like I said before, if you live in Canada you will pretty much end up paying double for the prices you see above. I purchased the 1/2 pound box and after shipping and conversions, I paid around $54.00 for 4 bags.

The Jerky

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Despite the high price I ended up paying, I was not AT ALL disappointed with the quality of the jerky. I also liked the card that came with the box explaining the vendors that provided the jerky and a little description of each.

Righteous Felon Craft Jerky

Along with the many different packages Righteous Felon offers for beef jerky selections, you can buy the packages individually for 4 bags at $7.50 each, or you can subscribe to receive different types of premium jerky at your door each month.16667323_10158148461875655_970288531_o.jpg

O.G Hickory

Three – Twelve 1/8th pound packets of the Righteous Felon original recipe.  The classic hickory flavor that started it all:  This O.G. classic hit the streets in ’96 and the jerky game ain’t been the same ever since….

I’ll be honest, this is the only flavor I have yet to try. Not because I don’t want to, but because I ate everything else so fast and I want to save a bag atleast for another week. I owe that to myself, right?

Victorious B.I.G.

Three – Twelve 1/8th pound packets of the Beer Infused Gastronomy project – a collaboration with Victory Brewing Company – one of the country’s premier craft breweries.  

This Imperial Jerky balances the rich sweetness of Victory Wort* with the dark, espresso-like roasted notes in their Storm King Imperial Stout for a sweet and savory beef jerky that finishes with a burst of black pepper.

This jerky lasted about 10 minutes in my house. Everyone saw that I was eating it and asked for a sample bite, then kept coming back for more! The sweet and tangy flavours combined makes for a deliciously smoked jerky. My mouth just started watering..

Sweet Meat Jerky

Sweet Meat Jerky derives from Nashville, TN and is made from beef raised on food that did not contain pesticides or chemicals, and is also organic. The bags go for $6.99 each.

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Mango Chipotle

A touch of sweet mango with a spicy kick of chipotle. Add some giddy-up to your day with a bite of Mango Chipotle!

I’m not kidding when I say this; this was the best jerky I’ve ever had in my life. I can’t even explain the sweet flavours mixed with the tangy and spicy chipotle. I was never a fan of this flavor together until I experienced it with beef jerky.

Classic Teriyaki

A perfect blend of organic soy sauce and organic apple cider vinegar, with just a pinch of course ground organic black pepper. Classic Teriyaki is tender, satisfying, and easy to eat. Jerky lovers rejoice!

I never was a fan of soy sauce but this jerky made me rethink that decision. The flavours are so strong and compliment each other so well, I love the accent of pepper that you can lightly taste on the tip of your tongue when you let this melt in your mouth.

Result

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I can’t believe how amazing this jerky really was. I was used to buying jerky from the grocery store and thinking it was the best thing I’d ever tried before I was exposed to naturally made organic jerky. I would definitely love to try different jerky’s in the future and see what other different varieties are out there. This subscription box is definitely worth your buck, especially if you’re a meat lover and want to try out different flavours and jerkies from other parts of Northern America. Until then, I’m going to see about getting my hands on more of the Mango Chipotle jerky from Sweet Meat- it was just insanely amazing.

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. My mouth was watering just reading your descriptions. I LOVE beef jerky, and I think I’ll have to give this company a go – price be darned! Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

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