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Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co: Original Overall Score A

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Overall Score: A

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FLAVOR FACTOR: A

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Original beef jerky is a great mixture of flavors without being overwhelmingly salty. You’ll get hints of horseradish and Worcestershire sauce to give it a little spice and compliment the smokiness. This is one of our favorite original-style flavors. Because the flavors seemed so balanced with a bit of heat, salt and sugar, we score Chef’s Cut Original beef jerky an A on the flavor factor.

TEXTURE FACTOR: B

They claim you’re getting premium, hand-picked beef cuts in every bag and I believe they deliver on that claim. The jerky pieces were larger than typical, but soft. The jerky was dry and not too oily. If you’re looking for jerky that won’t kill your jaw chewing it, I recommend Chef’s Cut; however, some of the pieces almost seemed too spongy. Since the density wasn’t quite right for us, we score Chef’s Cut Original beef jerky a B on the texture factor.

HEALTH FACTOR: A

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Original beef jerky is gluten free, nitrite free, MSG free, and uses no artificial preservatives. It doesn’t have the lowest amount of sodium, but at 340mg per serving, it is in line with other major brands. Chef’s Cut jerky products are nutrition-conscious snacks with quality ingredients. We give Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Original beef jerky an A on the Health factor.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 1oz (28g)
  • Amount Per Serving Calories 90
  • Calories from Fat 3 %
  • Total Fat 2.5g 3%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0gm 0%
  • Cholesterol 30mg 10%
  • Sodium 340 mg 15%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 10g 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

VALUE FACTOR: B

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Original beef jerky is available in several retail locations across America including Costco, Kroger, and SafeWay. You can also get it online including through Amazon.com. The average price is on the higher end, but you can still find a 14 ounce pack for 17.00 ($1.21 / Ounce) in our Jerky Shop through Amazon.com. You can also get  a 4 pack of 2.5 ounce packs for 18.96 ($1.90 / Ounce). Because the price is higher on average, we score Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Original beef jerky a B on the value factor.

 

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Golden Island’s Beef Jerky: Kung Pao Overall Score B (Spicy)

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Overall Score: B

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FLAVOR FACTOR: A

If you’re looking for a jerky that will spice up your life, Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky is exactly what you want. Initially, biting into it gives you a hint of sweetness; however, it is quickly followed up with spice. With hints of brown sugar and a robust blend of Chilies and Sichuan pepper, the results are a delicious and potent Kung Pao taste. The heat was a bit overwhelming for me at times, but the intensity was true to the Asian-inspired flavor. We score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky an A on the flavor factor.

TEXTURE FACTOR: B

Because of the way Golden Island kettle cooks their beef in their process, the jerky is tender and soft, but looks unlike most jerky product’s I’ve seen. The meat was moist, but not overly oily. It had very little gristle, but was a bit chewy. Overall, the texture was good, but a little too spongy. We score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky a B on the texture factor.

HEALTH FACTOR: B

Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky contains all natural ingredients and is gluten free. It also has less sodium that most brands we’ve reviewed. There are no added nitrates, but I don’t see anywhere on the product that it contains no MSG. We score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky a B on the health factor.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 1oz (28g)
  • Amount Per Serving Calories 90
  • Calories from Fat 3 %
  • Total Fat 2g 3%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0gm 0%
  • Cholesterol 25mg 8%
  • Sodium 300 mg 12%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 10g 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

VALUE FACTOR: B

Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky is sold in 3oz and 8oz bags. They are available in a variety of locations including physical stores around the USA and on Amazon.com for around $2.50/oz. We recommend trying Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky because of the bold, spicy flavors and the unique preparation process Golden Island uses when crafting it. Because of it’s accessibility and uniqueness, we score Golden Island’s Kung Pao beef jerky a B on the value factor.

 

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Laura’s Lean Beef Jerky: Original Overall Score: B

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Overall Score: B

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FLAVOR FACTOR: B

Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky has a clean taste with hint of initial sweetness, and then pepper. The added smoke flavor is an afterthought to earthy pepper flavor that comes through as you chew the jerky. The flavor is good, but it doesn’t stand out as spectacular. We score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky a B on the flavor factor.

TEXTURE FACTOR: B

The jerky looked as advertised and was lean and sliced thin. Although thin, the pieces were dense and fairly dry. It was neither too chewy, nor too tough. I enjoyed the lean, non-gristly texture of the jerky, but since the jerky was a bit dry we score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky a B on the texture factor.

HEALTH FACTOR: A

Awarded 2016 Prevention Magazine Cleanest Food Award, Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky is made with grass fed beef and is certified USDA Organic. It contains no added preservatives, MSG, or nitrates. It is gluten free. We score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky an A on the health factor

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size 1oz (28g)
  • Amount Per Serving Calories 80
  • Calories from Fat 10
  • Total Fat 1g .2%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Trans Fat 0gm 0%
  • Cholesterol 20mg 7%
  • Sodium 470 mg 20%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 11g 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

VALUE FACTOR: B

Laura’s Lean beef jerky is readily available in stores and online through their website and Amazon.com. You can use their website to find a store near you. The price for a 3oz bag is around $7.50 – $8.00. If you’re looking for a beef jerky that is organic and health-conscious, we recommend trying Laura’s Lean original beef jerky. We score Laura’s Lean Original beef jerky a B on the value factor.

 

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