The jerky bag collection has now officially reached over 1,200 jerky bags, with each bag being unique. After making homemade jerky starting in 2007, I started collecting jerky bags for ideas on what ingredients to use on my own homemade jerky. That more turned out to be an exercise of what ingredients not to use. Thankfully, the jerky industry has somewhat cleaned up their ingredient lists in the last decade or so.
Unique Jerky Bag Counter: 1,213 (August 12/2018)
Jerky Bag Excel Spreadsheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J2OhQ76qQlZsKr2YrhvH799Sjpr2UQrh/view
Our mascot whippet Lexi acquired in March 2014 has probably tried over 300 unique jerky flavors, but not as much since Stéphane joined the taste reviews in 2016. The only jerky that Lexi has refused to eat is vegan and mushroom jerky. Say the word Jerky and Lexi’s eyes light up in anticipation.
This jerky review web site launched in January 2014 started as a Jerky Bag Excel spreadsheet back in 2007. Officially as of August 12/2018, the spreadsheet states 1,213 jerky bags. It is a safe presumption that the unique unofficial jerky bag count may be closer to 1,250 bags.
In total there are currently 34 binders filled with jerky bags in sheet protectors. There is some organization on where these binders are located. The bottom right pile of binders is submitted beef jerky. The right middle pile is mainly big brand and private label jerky. The middle, middle pile of binders is mainly purchases from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, and online jerky purchases. The top right shelf is Canadian and International jerky brands. The top left and middle shelves are all of the non-beef jerky bags, and specialties such as Asian jerky, organic jerky, or biltong.
The jerky industry has a broad presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As a general rule, jerky makers with high social media activity have good to great tasting jerky.
As of August 12/2018, we are following 724 jerky makers on Facebook.
Since 2014, the jerky basket has always been our indicator on how many bags in the jerky queue need to be reviewed. At it’s highest point this jerky basket can hold over 70 jerky bags. Rarely does this jerky basket get under 5 jerky bags. A normal level is 20 – 40 jerky bags. In the attached jerky basket picture, there is currently a healthy level of around 35 jerky bags and meat sticks among the 1,213 jerky bags accumulated to date.
Missing in the jerky basket picture buried is a noteworthy generous jerky (meat stick) submission by Pearson Ranch Jerky with 36 meat sticks submitted between their four elk, wild boar, buffalo, and venison flavors. For the record this counts as 7 unique jerky bags in the Excel jerky bag detail spreadsheet.
The initial goal of this jerky web site was to transfer all 550 or so jerky bags in January 2014 from the Excel jerky bag detail spreadsheet to a mySQL database. Since the summer of 2014, we have received a non-stop steady stream of jerky maker submissions. As a result, many of these jerky makers in the jerky bag Excel spreadsheet are not documented in the mySQL database yet. Slowly we have been reviewing these old purchased bags from 2007-2013.
If a jerky maker submits us two 3oz bags of the same flavor, that only counts as one bag. If a jerky maker submits us one 3oz bag and one 1.5oz of the same flavor, that counts as two bags. If a jerky maker changes the bag design, that counts as a new bag. As long as something is unique about the jerky bag or flavor.
As listed below, you will find various statistics of our accomplishments in becoming amongst the most successful jerky review web sites in the world. Our taste reviews are better than ever, where Paul, Stéphane, and I take these jerky reviews seriously. Upcoming is a behind the scenes look of one example jerky taste review, and a long overdue list of detailed taste criteria.
USA Jerky Brands reviewed: 174 (August 12/2018 – 165)
Canadian Jerky Brands reviewed: 35 (August 12/2018 – 29)
Jerky Bags cost: $5587.24 (August 12/2018 – $4780.14)
Unique Jerky Bags acquired: 808 (August 12/2018 – 697)
Jerky Flavor Name Counter
Jerky Flavor Counter
- Grams 64,161 (August 12/2018 – 54,864)
- Ounces 2,271 (August 12/2018 – 1936)
- Pounds 141.9 (August 12/2018 – 121.0)
- Kilograms 64.4 (August 12/2018 – 54.9)
Jerky Brands: www.jerkyingredients.com/jerky-brands
Jerky Tags/Categories: www.jerkyingredients.com/jerky-tags
Jerky Counters: www.jerkyingredients.com/counters-2
Jerky Flavors: www.jerkyingredients.com/flavours-3/
Jerky Types: www.jerkyingredients.com/jerky-types/