This marks my first review for jerky purchased in 2014, on March 8 to be exact. I mention the exact date because we picked up a puppy for our family, the whippet dog breed. We were asked to pick up this puppy around London, Ontario. So if I am going to drive 2 hours somewhere, I may as well search the area beforehand, where I discovered that Bob’s Ultimate Meats sells beef jerky. They are located in downtown London, Ontario, inside an indoor flea market called the Gibraltar Market. Bob’s Ultimate Meats sells a large variety of meats. They explained that this jerky was made and distributed by Cloverleaf Farms, also located in Ontario.
Cloverleaf Farms started their business in 1984 and do not use MSG, wheat or fillers in any of the products they make. In regards to jerky, they are a private label company, supplying just a few great spots to buy this jerky. Their store is in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, and they have also returned to St. Jacobs Farmers Market.
The sugar level is very respectable at less than 1 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is also very respectable at around 195mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
Unhealthy sodium nitrite is used. In fairness, this jerky being sold in bulk is exposed to open air, so an additional preservative other than salt is understandable. As advertised, this jerky does qualify to have no MSG added.
This is my first taste review for jerky purchased in 2014. These strips of jerky are huge, where the one strip in the picture is over 140 grams. The slices are medium thickness, slightly even thicker than that. It has a great texture, not too dry, but not moist enough to classify as soft and tender. The jerky is easy to chew and tear along the grain. No wads of meat that are not chewable, and no fat to be seen whatsoever.
As for the taste, it is fairly mild tasting for a original flavor. I find the taste of beef itself pretty strong, but that’s probably because no sauces are used in the marinade. There is a hint of garlic and medium saltiness. It has a slightly sweet flavor, which I believe is accented by the onions.
Being somewhat plain flavored, kids love this beef jerky. Overall a pleasurable taste, the type of jerky that is hard to stop eating once started, which is the best one can ask.
All we have here is a standard plastic bag. No label, not even a sticker to state the size, and that this was sold at Bob’s Ultimate Meats. That is somewhat common when you buy jerky in bulk from a meat store with no predetermined weight of jerky. Nothing really to review here, it rates up there with a brown paper bag. Cloverleaf Farms was kind enough to email me the ingredient list.