The next review for House of Jerky will focus on a 1.50 ounce/42 gram bag of their original flavored python jerky. This bag was graciously submitted for review by Lesley Wilzbacher from House of Jerky.
This House of Jerky brand is distributed by House of Jerky Inc., based out of Evansville, Indiana. It all started in 1993, selling their jerky on the side of the road. In 1996, they had an idea to sell their jerky inside a store. Before the year ended, they opened a jerky store in Temecula, California, which still holds the distinction of being the very first jerky store in the world. Currently there are around 25 House of Jerky stores. House of Jerky always welcome new store openings across the United States.
Ingredients: Python, Teriyaki Sauce (Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], Wine, Sugar, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Succinic Acid, Garlic Powder), Brown Sugar, Spices, Onion, Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Sodium Nitrite. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The python are farm raised, as opposed to caught in the wild. While not a great deal of data is available, python is generally considered to be healthy. It offers protein, and is low in fat. The highest ingredient rating achievable is Very Good (9/10).
The liquid marinade is comprised of just a decent teriyaki sauce and liquid smoke.
There are healthy ingredients used such as black pepper, fresh garlic, and spices.
There is no nutrition facts table available. As a result, the exact sugar and salt levels are unknown. Based on the taste alone, the salt level is normal, and there is likely more than 3 grams of jerky used per 28 grams of jerky.
This jerky does not qualify to have no sodium nitrite used as a preservative. In fairness, only the House of Jerky exotic jerky lines use sodium nitrite, where sales are more unpredictable. Admirably, there is no MSG added.
Good (8/10) – Ingredient Rating
These jerky strips are mainly small in size, and are sliced thin. The texture is dry. At times it almost feels as if you are perpetually chewing on a fatty morsel of meat, but eventually it breaks down. There are no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
This python jerky is flavorful. There is a strange and almost perverted sense of joy and satisfaction, and one may even grin a little while chewing on a piece of python meat. The taste is similar to chicken, but chewier, with a light gamey flavor.
The only mild complaint is that the sweetness is a bit high. Otherwise, the teriyaki flavor provides a nice balance paired with the black pepper. There are some mild notes of garlic, onion, vinegar, and smoke as well. Overall, a worthwhile, memorable experience.
A 1.50 ounce/42 gram bag sells for $20.99, with free shipping. That works out to $14.00 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. Python jerky is rare, where you cannot go wrong with House of Jerky.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This is a somewhat large, clear, resealable sized plastic bag. Worth noting is that this bag is vacuum sealed, the best way to keep jerky fresh. There is one label affixed to the front, and nothing on the back. The House of Jerky logo is of a man tapping a triangle, signaling that it is time to eat.
There are no slogans or facts printed on this bag.
There are some bag categories missing such as a nutrition facts table, a bar code, a USDA inspected stamp, and a blurb about this jerky and flavor. To the credit of House of Jerky, a toll free phone number is provided for customer inquiries.
Order their jerky online: www.houseofjerky.net
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