It is a generally accepted story that an ancient South American Inca tribe called the Quechua first made jerky (“ch’arki”) as early as the 1500’s. Halal Mummified Jerky blows that theory away, where it is well documented that jerky was made thousands of years ago by ancient Egyptians. Archeologists made this discovery when they found dried foods preserved in tombs. Halal Mummified Jerky is 100% made in the USA, and their beef is certified to be halal by Halal Transactions of Omaha. Halal Mummified Jerky is advertised to have no added MSG, nitrite free, and the beef has no added hormones. Halal Mummified Jerky is distributed by Timeline Trading, and they are located in Bellevue, Washington.
The next review on Halal Mummified Jerky will be on a 2.5 ounce/70 gram bag of their Original Silver Nile flavored halal beef jerky. Halal means food that is allowed for consumption under Islamic dietary guidelines. The aim is for a Muslim to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure. The jerky bag was kindly submitted for review by the owner Ahmed Kamel.
Ingredients: Beef, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soy Beans, Salt), Brown Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled White Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Water, Salt, Onions, Anchovies, Garlic, Garlic Cloves, Tamarind Extract, Natural Flavorings, Chili Powder Extract), Hickory Smoke (Water, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor), Granulated Garlic, Lemon Juice (Water, Lemon Concentrate, 1/10 of 1% Sodium Benzoate), Ground Pepper, Seasoned Salt (Sugar, Spices, Onion, Cornstartch, Garlic, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Paprika Oleoresin), Granulated Onion. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef used here is guaranteed to be ethically raised, meaning free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. These cattle are not guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to roam about. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The sugar level is low at only 1 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. While the salt level stated is low at only 105mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky, we believe it to be inaccurate based on the salty taste alone.
This jerky qualifies to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservative. Instead, salt is the main preservative used. With more kudos to Halal Mummified Jerky, this jerky has no MSG added.
These strips of jerky are mostly medium in size, and they are sliced to a thin to a medium thickness. The texture is in between being soft and dry, and reasonably easy to chew. The fragrance of this jerky is really pleasant and inviting, with a myriad of aromas.
The first taste recognized is a surprisingly strong level of saltiness. Even a salt fiend may find the salt level to be too high here. Chewing more brings on light levels of black pepper and garlic.
The bite finishes off with a good ratio of soy and Worcestershire sauce. There is little sweetness present, a good thing in our books. As a result, the natural beef flavor is more noticeable, as is a subtle taste of smokiness in the background.
We were all unanimous with our opinions on the Original Nile flavor. Here is what Paul had to say: “The first flavors that I encounter are salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar and natural beef. I find the salt taste to be taking over the jerky, which is kind of masking the other flavors. I am usually a huge proponent of salt, but this may be a little too prevalent. I’d have to say this original flavor is a slight cut above most other original flavors, but (even I) am going to deduct a point for the intense salt flavor. A 9/10 in my opinion.”
Similarly here is what Stéphane Leclerc opined: “Paul did hit the head on the nail. I like the taste of this jerky. The flavors are not unique or complex but it is still a solid original flavor representation. However, the salt is rather dominant and I can see how it could be an issue for certain people. Beside the saltiness, I am not seeing any other issues. This jerky is a very tasty and addictive treat. The texture is great and as I keep chewing, the flavor keeps intensifying while uncovering more of the natural beef flavor.”
The verdict is in, all three of us were unanimous with a Very Good (9/10) taste rating. If you enjoy salty jerky, the taste of soy, and a good amount of natural beef flavor, look no further than this Original Silver Nile beef jerky flavor.
This resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. The Halal Mummified Jerky logo is a cow wrapped up as a mummy. Random hieroglyphics line the borders of this label.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. Some facts printed on this bag are “22.5g Protein Per Package”, “Natural Smoke Flavor Added”, “12.5g Sugar Per Pack”, “Gluten Free”, “Premium Halal Blood Drained Meats”, “No Added Nitrates or Nitrites”, “No Added MSG”, “Made in USA”, “Hand Slaughtered Blood Drained Halal” ,and “Made in U.S.A. with premium meat exclusively for Timeline Trading”.
Order their jerky online: www.mummifiedjerky.com