In 2012, I made an online purchase for the Holy Cow! Kosher brand with this 2.12 ounce/60.1 gram bag of teriyaki flavored beef jerky. The brand name is Holy Cow! Kosher. Kosher beef is used, meaning the food is allowed for consumption under Jewish dietary guidelines. The aim is for a Rabbi to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure.
Holy Cow! Kosher jerky is made and distributed by Holy Cow! Kosher LLC based out of New York, New York. They advertise their jerky as never using artificial ingredients, no trans fats, no nitrites/nitrates, and no MSG, which is all true.
Ingredients: Glatt Kosher Beef, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Wine, Sugar, Water, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Succinic Acid, Garlic Powder), Brown Sugar, Pineapple Juice, Granulated Garlic, Black Pepper, Organic Worcestershire Sauce (Organic Vinegar, Organic Wheat-Free Tamari Soy Sauce (Water, Organic Soybeans, Salt), Organic Evaporated Cane Syrup, Salt, Organic Spices), Ginger Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
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.
We have an interesting liquid marinade consisting of a decent teriyaki sauce, pineapple juice, and organic Worcestershire sauce. Organic based ingredients are always welcomed. Pineapple juice is a good choice for a teriyaki based flavor, which has a natural enzyme named bromelain that acts as a powerful meat tenderizer.
The sugar level is high at 8 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. With teriyaki being a sweet based flavor, the preference is 5 grams of sugar or less. The salt level is extremely high at 550mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 250mg of salt or less.
As advertised, this jerky qualifies to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservative. Instead, salt is the main preservative used here. This jerky also qualifies to have no MSG added.
Unfortunately, I kept poor taste notes on this bag. This jerky did qualify as having a soft and tender texture. One comment I had was this jerky had a commercial jerky taste, meaning the meat was processed more than it needed to be. Nothing special was mentioned and remembered about the actual taste.
I paid $9.59 for this 2.12 ounce/60.1 gram bag of jerky. That works out to $4.52 an ounce, which rates as a very expensive price. This jerky can only be recommended for people intent on getting kosher beef, where $4.52 an ounce is too expensive for beef jerky.
This is a professional looking resealable plastic bag. Everything is imprinted directly on the bag, both on the front and back. Their logo is a cowboy on a horse.
Being kosher jerky, there does appear to be an official stamp that this jerky was “Cooked in accordance to all Jewish Law Authorities” written in Hebrew. Furthermore, this jerky is advertised as “Glatt Kosher”. That implies the meat used had a higher standard of inspection. Specifically, post slaughter, the animal lungs are examined to determine if they are smooth or defect free. Glatt Kosher also has a separate stamp on the bag, a ‘U’ in the middle of a circle, which designates meat or dairy products.
Their slogan may be “America’s favorite kosher beef jerky”. Some facts printed on this bag are “No Preservatives”, “Soft & Tender”, “No Nitrates”, and “No Nitrites”.
I would rate this bag as Very Good (9/10)