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. Some differ in price and others differ in quantity.
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. One way of making the right decision when buying one is knowing the difference between a good jerky and a cheap jerky.
Another thing you need to consider is if it tastes like real meat. A lot of popular brands of jerky today lose their natural meat flavors due to excess ingredients such as sugar, tenderizers and preservatives. Try a bite and see if you can taste the same meaty flavor you taste when you eat grilled meat.
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. There are also times where jerky manufacturers put in meat tenderizers that make the jerky very mushy 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. If the jerky is mass produced, chances are it has a lot of fat. You can consider your jerky great if there is less or no fat on it and a lot of pure meat. Although having a little bit of fat in the jerky is fine as it can also give it its beefy flavor. 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. Advertising is everything, and if the product lives up to the expectations then it is worth the cost.
The most important thing you need to consider is if it is easy to chew on or if you need a heavy machine to crush it down to mush for you. 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. Save yourself the trouble of going to the doctor because of locked jaw and go for the soft and chewy jerky brands.
After trying a brand, try to think if the product makes you want to continue eating it.