The next review for People’s Choice Beef Jerky will focus on a 2.5 ounce/71 gram bag of their garlic ginger flavored beef jerky. This bag was graciously submitted for review by Brian Bianchetti.
This People’s Choice Beef Jerky brand is distributed by Peoples Sausage Company, Inc., based out of Los Angeles, California. The company was founded in 1929 by John Bianchetti, and in 1955 his son Paul took over the company. They consider their company to be “old-school”, in the sense that they never compromise their process and philosophy. They use high quality ingredients, done with a handmade process to produce an old-fashioned style jerky. Today, Mark Bianchetti owns the company, where even a fourth generation of family is involved now.
Ingredients: Beef, Cane Sugar, Garlic, Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt, Dehydrated Bell Pepper, Spices, Sesame Seed Oil, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Water. Allergen Warnings: Soy,
The beef is sourced from Nebraska Beef, where the marbling allows the beef to not be too fatty tasting. The cattle used is not guaranteed to be growth hormone free. Also, the cattle used is not guaranteed to have partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating achievable is a Good (8/10) rating.
The liquid marinade is comprised of sesame seed oil, a decent soy sauce, and water. Sesame seed oil is good for many parts of the body, and believed to have anti-cancer properties.
While ginger is not explicitly stated as an ingredient used, garlic and ginger are considered to be in the superfood group. Bell peppers are high in carotenoids, which gives bell peppers their vibrant color.
The sugar level is slightly high at 4 gram of sugar per 28 grams of jerky, where 3 grams or less is preferred. At least cane sugar is minimally processed. The salt level is a bit high at 360mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. However, that is negated due to the fact that healthy and minimally processed sea salt is used. Some of the salt content is comprised of just highly refined table salt inside the soy sauce.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is sea salt. Admirably, there is also no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of beef are mostly medium in size, and are sliced to a medium thickness. There is a great sort of dry texture that is relatively easy to chew. No signs of fat are visible, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
A good deal of garlic is detected first, which tastes great. It does not take long for a mild sesame level to become apparent without going overboard. As for the ginger, it is not consistent between the strips, ranging from faint to mild.
A light soy flavor works well with the other flavors. Both the salt and sugar are at mild levels. Overall, this is a very impressive and interesting flavor. There is a great deal of flavor, where you could finish this bag in no time.
On the People’s Choice Beef Jerky web site, you must order a minimum of four bags online at a price of $18.00, which works out to $4.50 a bag. That translates to $1.80 an ounce, which rates as an average price. The price is very cheap at $1.25 an ounce if you order a 1 pound bag instead. This jerky is a must try for garlic lovers out there.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This is a standard sized plastic bag. Everything is imprinted directly on the bag, both on the front and back. There are no labels affixed to this bag.
A number of facts are printed on the bag such as “Locally Made”, “Family Owned”, “Handcrafted”, “Estd. 1929”, “Small Batch Beef Jerky”, and “Handcrafted in downtown Los Angeles”.
The only bag category missing is that the bag is not resealable. Normally, a bag containing over 2 ounces of jerky would be resealable. There is a good blurb printed on the back about Peoples Sausage Company, Inc..
Order their jerky online: www.peopleschoicebeefjerky.com
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