I've been loving some bison jerky I picked up a while back but it has too much added toxic stuff. Can anyone recommend a place to get bettr jerky reasonably? Even beef would be ok. I tried making my own from a bison roast I had but it was just too weird and tough. LOL also too much trouble and I still have to buy the roasts. Any help is appreciated! I need my snacks!
Steve's Original sells what are called "Paleo Kits". Basically different types of jerkey - some of them packaged with dried fruit - all paleo :) And might I add delicious.
Here's the site:
I highly recommend The Coconut Paleokit - jerkey packaged with coconut & dried strawberries. Yum.
My coworker gets his from here, and I've tried it. It's really tasty: http://stevesoriginal.com/ Also, you can get goldenvalleynatural.com easily too. Health food stores carry it, and they have organic beef. It still has some added sugar I think. It's tasty, however.
It really depends on what you're looking for from your jerky. I don't know that there's a commercial "best" really in the US, just a least worst. Because of the FDA rules on beef jerky, all commercial jerky has to essentially be cooked at 160 or so degrees. ie. if you were eating a steak, that would be at the "Well Done" stage. Kills off any bad bacteria, but essentially cooks the beef to death too. So you're not getting any other benefits other than protein. You're "best" would be making it yourself, but as you saw, it's a pretty big freaking hassle. To be honest, I haven't found a good solution yet myself, so I've been limiting my beef jerky intake since I can scarf down a pound+ a pop, and you know how expensive that gets.
Cowboy Dan's Jerkey Emporium has a good selection of grass-fed bison jerkey, plus some wild Alaskan Salmon jerkey and a good selection of sugar free jerkeys. http://www.cowboydansjerky.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=grass+fed.
I wouldn't be me if I didn't say ... make your own!
While it's easiest to do it with a dehydrator, an oven at very low temp will do. Also, you can form ground meat jerky, too -- saving money and time trying to cut that hunk of steak down perfectly.
A (good) dehydrator will be the best investment you ever make.
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