The next review for People’s Choice Beef Jerky will focus on a 2.5 ounce/71 gram bag of their orange honey teriyaki flavored beef jerky. This is one of the newest flavors from their Tasting Kitchen line of beef jerky products. The bag was kindly 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. Today, Mark Bianchetti owns the company, where Brian is part of a fourth generation of family involved now. To get a great idea of the passion and commitment they put into making jerky, watch their Made with Purpose video. They also did a wonderful write-up on how a teriyaki flavor should taste.
Ingredients: Beef, Cane Sugar, Fructose, Honey Powder (Maltodextrin, Honey), Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soy Beans, Salt), Wine, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder), Orange Juice (Water, Orange Juice Concentrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)), Orange Flavor (Sun Flower Oil, Orange Oil). 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 an average teriyaki sauce, orange juice, sunflower oil, and orange oil. It is disappointing to see that the teriyaki sauce uses the highly processed sweetener high fructose corn syrup. Oranges are high in vitamin C.
Healthy spices are used, which offer many health benefits. Garlic is used, which many people consider to be a superfood.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. Regardless, minimally processed sea salt is used, which is high on minerals and trace minerals.
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.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of beef are mainly medium in size, and are sliced to a mixture of thick and medium thickness. There is a good sort of dry texture that is fairly easy to chew. There are some signs of fat visible, and handling this jerky leaves a little bit of oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a good mild level of orange. Not a bitter orange taste from orange peels, but more of an orange juice taste. There is definitely some sweetness, which would be expected for a teriyaki based flavor, but it does not go overboard. The honey level is light to mild, and the soy/teriyaki flavor is mild.
Being as sweet as it is, there is still a good deal of delicious natural beef flavor. All along, each strip ends with a great mild level of garlic that seems to compliment the flavor perfectly. Overall, this flavor definitely hits with the orange, honey, and teriyaki flavors, where none of them are too dominant. It is quite addictive, which reminds you of homemade jerky that came straight out of a kitchen.
This 2.5 ounce/71 gram bags sells online for $6.00. That works out to $2.40 an ounce, which rates as a slightly expensive price. This jerky could not be more highly recommended if you enjoy the tastes of orange and teriyaki.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This is a standard sized clear plastic bag that is not resealable. There is a label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back.
Some facts printed on this bag are “Locally Made”, “Family Owned”, “Premium Beef Handcrafted in Downtown Los Angeles”, and “Small Batch Beef Jerky”.
Some bag categories missing are a nutrition facts table, and a blurb printed about the flavor/company. Normally, a bag containing over 2 ounces of jerky would be resealable.
Order their jerky online: www.peopleschoicebeefjerky.com
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