Sunday, March 13, 2016

Straight from Sonoma, California, comes KRAVE Jerky; a tasty and healthy snack option for MEAT lovers such as myself.

KRAVE Jerky really sets itself apart in the jerky department as their products are made with all-natural, whole-muscle cut, hand-sliced pieces of meat.  The meat stays nice and tender thanks to a 48 hour marinating process and then a nice slow bake in the oven. The result is flavourful and moist pieces of jerky that are high in protein and free of yucky nitrites and MSG.

KRAVE offers beef, pork and turkey jerky that are all equally wholesome and satisfying chunks of lean meat.  The jerky comes in a wide variety of flavours so you'll never get bored of snacking. The current flavours are: Black Cherry Barbecue Pork, Sea Salt Original, Basil Citrus Turkey, Chili Lime Beef, Sweet Chipotle Beef, Garlic Chili Pepper Beef, Lemon Garlic Turkey, Pineapple Orange Beef and Sweet Grilled Teriyaki Pork.

I tried a few of the flavours and here are my thoughts:

This was my favourite of all the flavours I tried.  It was very natural tasting with just the right amount of sweet chipotle flavour.  I love that the jerky didn't have any salty seasoning added to it, instead just natural flavours marinated deeply into the meat. The texture was softer than most jerky I have had, but still had a nice chew to it. I could easily eat a bag of this stuff and not feel guilty about it.   

This jerky had a bit of a funky smell to it. I guess when you open a bag of lime and chili flavoured beef it's going to generate an interesting whiff.  Luckily it doesn't taste as weird as it smells. The lime flavour was subtle, which I was happy about because the thought of overly powerful lime flavour with beef isn't that appealing to me.  The chili was a bit more prominent which I liked since I'm quite the spice fan. The texture of this jerky was much softer than the chipotle which was interesting considering they both are premium pieces of beef.

This jerky is made with pork and the texture was a lot tougher compared to the beef, but the pieces were slightly thinner. I really loved the taste of this jerky although I didn't really notice the black cherry flavours but more of a peppery barbecue flavour which was really nice.  I ended up pairing this jerky with a Newcastle Brown Ale which was a match made in beer-jerky heaven.

This one was probably my least favourite only because it was a tad too sweet for my liking. The 'teriyaki' flavouring wasn't too strong, leaving behind just the sweetness of the marinade.  I can see how this flavour would appeal to a lot of people but I guess I'm more of a savoury jerky eater.

Overall I'm really happy with the products by KRAVE Jerky and will definitely keep these in my regular snacking rotations. For me, this is the perfect snack for after the gym or during a long hike because it will allow you to stay full for longer while minimizing your calorie intake and providing you with 8-12 grams of protein per 1 oz. serving.  

KRAVE Jerky is available at select groceries stores in the GTA and I've also seen it at a few Shopper's Drug Mart locations as well.  Each bag ranges from $7 to $8 and is well worth every penny.  The packaging seal keeps your jerky nice and fresh so you can snack on it throughout the week, or in one sitting if you're feeling extra beefy.


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