The next review on PJ’s All Natural Beef Steak will be on a 3.25 ounce/92 gram bag of their cracked pepper tenders style beef steaks. This tenders style is small pieces of steak, as opposed to their slices style. This product was graciously submitted by the Marketing Manager Samantha Alderfer.
The PJ’s All Natural Beef Steak brand name is manufactured and distributed by Knauss Foods, LLC., who are located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Knauss Foods, LLC. was founded in 1902, and the PJ’s All Natural Beef Steak brand name was launched in March 2012. This product is not your traditional jerky. Instead, the beef is slow cooked for seven days at a very low temperature. The end result is a soft and tender beef steak product.
Ingredients: Beef, Brown Sugar, Organic Tamari Soy Sauce (Organic Soy Beans, Organic Maltodextrin, Salt), Potassium Chloride, Pepper, Vinegar, Cherry Powder, Evaporated Cane Syrup, Natural Smoke Flavor. Allergen Warnings: Soy
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.
The liquid marinade consists of water, organic tamari soy sauce, and healthy vinegar. It is great to see that organic tamari soy sauce is used, where organic ingredients are almost always healthier.
Some people call black pepper the king of spices, with many nutritional qualities to offer. Cherry powder is the most interesting ingredient used, which is loaded with Vitamin C, and rich in calcium.
The sugar level is respectable at only 3 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level used is rather high at 500mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. However, much of that is negated because healthy potassium chloride is used as a table salt substitute.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar preservatives. Instead, naturally occurring potassium chloride is the main preservative. Kudos to PJ’s All Natural Beef Steak, where these beef steaks have no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of steak are sliced thin, and small in size. This tenders texture seems slightly less soft and tender compared to the strips style, and also slightly thicker than the strips style. Nevertheless, these steak strips are still easy to chew. There are very few visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is the natural beef flavor. Then the peppered taste eventually levels off at about a medium level. The other flavors are minor compared to the peppered taste. The saltiness is at a medium level, and there is a mild soy taste. These strips are barely sweet tasting, which is a good contrast to the natural beef flavor, and it has a light smoked flavor.
This 3.25 ounce/92 gram bag sells online for $5.00, but you have to purchase a minimum of three bags for $15.00. That would equate to $1.53 an ounce, which rates as a cheap price. As an added bonus, there is free shipping offered until April 30/2015. Really, you are not going to find much of a better bargain here. We surely recommend these steak tender strips as worth your money.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This is an attractive, resealable, professional looking bag. Everything is imprinted directly on the bag, both the front and back.
The PJ’s logo could possibly pass as a red crown that a king may wear, with “High Quality Beef Steak” stated inside the logo itself. Other facts stated on this bag are “Good Source of Protein”, “Natural Smoke Flavor Added”, “98% Fat Free”, “Authentic Cuts of Real Beef”, “All Natural*”, “*No Artificial Ingredients”, “*No Preservatives Added”, “*Minimally Processed”, “Gluten Free”, “No MSG”, and “No Added Nitrites or Nitrates”.
Every single bag category is covered here, with some added bonuses. To the credit of PJ’s All Natural Beef Steak, they offer a toll free phone number for customer inquiries, and also provide their business hours. Admirably, there is a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee policy offered. As a growing trend in the industry, there is a QR Code printed on the bag.
Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their product online: www.pjsbeefsteak.com
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