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. Tutankhamen, King Tut had about 40 boxes of meat and poultry in his tomb. 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 Luxor Cumin Cilantro flavored halal beef jerky. We previously reviewed this flavor, where the bag design has since been tweaked, along with the ingredient quantities. 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 graciously submitted for review by the owner Ahmed Kamel.
Ingredients: Beef, Brown Sugar, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Sea Salt, Garlic, Gluten Free Tamari Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt and Sugar), Fresh Jalapenos, Granulated Onion, Tomato Sauce, Fresh Cilantro, Cumin, Ground Pepper, Cayenne, Cilantro Flakes, Water, Paprika. Allergen Warnings: Soy
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.
There are many super healthy ingredients added such as garlic, granulated onion, fresh cilantro, cumin, black pepper, and cilantro flakes. The leafy herb cilantro is known to contain many antioxidants, and it is closely related to coriander seeds.
The sugar level is kind of high at 5 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky to lose a rating. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams of jerky. In fairness, some of that sugar content is coming from the juices. The salt level is well within reason at 240mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
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 medium to small in size, and are sliced almost thin. The texture is more so on the soft and tender side, being fairly easy to chew. There is the odd wad of gristle that is not chewable. The fragrance of these strips is citrusy, and piques your interest with excitement.
You are immediately met with a myriad of different flavors. The unique taste of cilantro tends to stand out, as does a citrus type of flavor, and a mild level of sweetness. At lighter levels are soy, garlic, salt, and cumin. All of these individual flavors blend in to create a remarkable flavor profile.
As you consume more strips, a slightly spicy kick builds but never does really exceed more than an 1 out of 5 on the heat scale. The level of spiciness has certainly been reduced to a much more manageable level for the masses since we last reviewed this Luxor Cumin Cilantro (aka Carne Asada) flavor.
While the ingredients can vary, Carne Asada, which translates to “grilled meat” is likely the most complex and exotic flavor ever reviewed to date on this jerky review web site with its Mexican roots. Carne Asada has a bold, delectable, impressive, and inspiring flavor profile, which makes you ponder where this has been all of my life.
Paul was equally enthusiastic about this carne asada flavor with this to eloquently add: “I am detecting what I believe to be cilantro, which tastes like a cross between something minty and something brown sugary. And I am tasting lemon as well, not just smelling it. I am detecting a tang here, not what I would call a kick, but a tang, a bit of spunk, if you will. This flavor is somewhat unique, a combination of what I would term a melting pot of various vibrant flavors. As I eat more, I am entering out into uncharted territory, a journey into the part of the palate that rarely gets roused. New flavors bring new experiences, and this particular taste experience was quite a trip for me into flavors I am not familiar with. Kudos once again to Halal Mummified Jerky, for guiding me through a new flavor venture. A 10/10 once again gentlemen…”
Paul’s sentiments echo mine as well, this is a special tasting flavor. We cannot find any problem with this flavor, which is a treat to eat. We highly recommended this flavor to fans of carne asada, and anybody even remotely curious to experience the pleasure of eating a carne asada flavor. Thumbs way up to the folks at Halal Mummified Jerky!
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.
The Halal Mummified Jerky slogan is “The Oldest Jerky On Earth”. Some facts printed on this bag are “15 Protein Per Package”, “Gluten Free”, “Premium Halal Blood Drained Meats”, “No Added Nitrates or Nitrites”, “No Added MSG”, “Made in USA”, and “Hand Slaughtered Blood Drained Halal”.
Order their jerky online: www.mummifiedjerky.com