This World Kitchens brand of jerky is distributed by World Kitchens, located in Laurens, Iowa. However, this jerky is manufactured by Link Snacks, Inc., famous for making the Jack Link’s brand of jerky, based out of Minong, Wisconsin. The first bag of World Kitchens jerky was sold in 1984 at an affordable price. Still, today it is an affordable price, and available in many large to medium sized chain stores. The jerky used here is packaged in these upper Midwestern states: Alpena, South Dakota; Mankato, Minnesota; New Glarus, Wisconsin; Minong, Wisconsin, and Bellevue, Nebraska
The beef used is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. Also, the beef is not guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
The sugar level is somewhat high at 6 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or under. The salt level is very high at 580mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less.
This jerky does use unhealthy sodium nitrite as the main preservative, apart from salt. Citric acid also acts as a preservative to a lesser degree, where the quality of citric acid can vary widely. Disappointingly, this jerky uses MSG outright.
These strips were small, to medium sized, and sliced to a medium thickness. They had a good, fairly dry texture, which was relatively easy to chew.
There was nothing that really quite stood out with this flavor. Being a black pepper based flavor, the peppery taste was at about a mild level. Overall, this jerky did have a decent flavor.
I paid an overpriced $15.99 for this 12 ounce/340 gram bag. That is what I get for buying something from the Las Vegas strip. Much more commonly, this jerky used to sell for $9.99. That works out to 83 cents an ounce, which is easily the cheapest price for a bag of jerky reviewed on this site so far. While not having the best ingredient list out there, this was an average deal considering how incredibly cheap the price was.
This bag is about the biggest jerky bag you will find for sale. Thankfully, the bag was resealable being 12 ounces/360 grams, although it does say on the bag to refrigerate after opening, or use within three days. Everything is imprinted directly on the bag, with no affixed labels.
The World Kitchens logo seems fitting, a picture of the globe. Their slogans are “Quality Meats” and “It’s All About The Jerky!”. The bag identifies the jerky as being “Natural Style”, which is explained further on the back of the bag.
Every single bag category is covered with this bag. Overall, a professional design, but with no fancy graphics, or noteworthy originality.