The first review on Carmichael’s will be on a 9.5 ounce/270 gram bag of their hot flavored beef jerky. The actual jerky weight is 252 grams, where the plastic bag weight makes up for the missing 18 grams. This bag was purchased at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
This jerky is distributed by Carmichael & Co., who are located in West Lorne, Ontario, Canada. The jerky is actually manufactured by The Great Canadian Meat Factory acting as a private labeler, located in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. The Great Canadian Meat Factory was founded in 1992, and have grown to one of the largest lines of meat snacks in Canada. This jerky qualifies to use a stock recipe.
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 sugar level is sort of high at around 3.75 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is unbelievably high at around 765mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less.
This jerky uses unhealthy sodium nitrate as a preservative. Also used is sodium erythorbate, which is no better. This jerky does not qualify to be MSG free, as the unhealthy flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used in the soy sauce.
All of these 10″ strips of jerky are rectangular shaped, and are all uniform in size. They are sliced to a thin thickness. These strips of jerky are unnaturally formed, where there is no natural grain to tear these strips along. They are chunked and formed, or chopped and formed, or something similar. There are some visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves a tiny bit of oily residue on your fingers.
No particular taste jumps out at first apart from saltiness. The onion powder/garlic powder combination is at a mild level, as is the soy and black pepper flavors. More than anything, there is an unnatural beef flavor. Top that off with a texture that is challenging to chew.
As for the heat, it would rank around a 2 out of 5 on the heat scale at most, but probably closer to a 1 out of 5. The salt level is moderately strong, and at too high of a level. Overall, there is little natural beef flavor here.
This 9.5 ounce/270 gram bag of jerky cost $19.99. That works out to $2.10 an ounce, which rates as an average price. Given that this is such an unusually large quantity of jerky, this would more rate as an expensive price. This jerky is not recommended from a health, taste, or texture perspective.
This is an unusually long narrow plastic bag that appears to be more of a tray instead of a bag. It has two sections to hold equally sized jerky strips. There is a label affixed to the front, and another label with the nutrition facts table on the back.
There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
The majority of bag categories have been covered. Most notably missing is that this bag is not resealable considering that 9.5 ounces/270 grams is a sizable amount of jerky. Also missing is that the jerky weight is not stated in ounces, and no blurb about this flavor or company. As per Canadian laws, there are French translations provided.