The next review on Aufschnitt Meats will focus on a 1.5 ounce/42 gram Italian flavored beef chicken meat stick. This meat stick is advertised as being crafted with the perfect amount of anise and fennel to bring you a taste of Italy. The bag was graciously submitted by the Aufschnitt Meats team.
This Aufschnitt Meats brand name is distributed by Aufschnitt Meats LLC, and they are located in Baltimore, Maryland. Aufschnitt Meats was founded by two brothers-in-law with a passion to continue their family tradition, which was started in Europe over 75 years ago. Their focus is on artisanal jerky and meat sticks made in small batches. Kosher beef and chicken are used, meaning the food is allowed for consumption under Jewish dietary guidelines. This meat stick is advertised to be all natural, low sugar, no MSG type of ingredients, and low in fat.
Ingredients: Beef, Chicken, Garlic Powder, Sea Salt, Cervelot Seasoning (Pepper, Coriander, Cardamom, Nutmeg), Brown Sugar, Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Celery Juice Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor.
100% grass-fed beef is used. The chicken and beef are ethically raised, meaning no growth hormones or additional antibiotics are administered. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
There are multiple healthy spices used such as garlic powder, black pepper, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, and anise seed, and fennel seed.
The sugar level is just about perfect at under 1 gram of sugar per 28 grams of meat stick. Impressively, the salt level is only 135mg of salt per 28 grams of meat stick.
This meat stick does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is sea salt, which is high in minerals and trace minerals. To a lesser extent, celery juice powder acts as a preservative with its naturally occurring nitrates. Admirably, there is no MSG added.
Very Good (9/10) – Ingredient Rating
This meat stick is about 14 inches in length. There are no visible signs of fat, and this meat stick has a very soft and tender texture, being easy to chew. Handling this meat stick leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
This meat stick is packed with a lot of flavor, and the taste pops in your mouth from the first bite. Some flavors that jump out are a mild level of black pepper, and a light level of garlic. There is almost no sweetness present, and there is a light level of saltiness.
As advertised, this meat stick does come across as Italian tasting, similar to a pepperette, but better. The chicken is a bit stronger tasting than the beef. All of the other spices are more subtle tasting, and blend together in harmony. Overall, this is a tasty treat that leaves you wanting more.
A 1.5 ounce/42 gram meat stick sells online for $2.49. That works out to $1.66 an ounce, which rates as a cheap price, at least compared to beef jerky. This Italian flavor is certainly recommended if you would enjoy a meat stick that takes on an Italian type of flavor..
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on the bag itself, both on the front and back. There are no labels attached to this bag.
There is no slogan printed on this bag. Some facts printed on this bag are “Minimally Processed”, “No Artificial Ingredients”, “Gluten Free”, “Natural & Kosher”, “Premium Products”, “TRY EVERY FLAVOR! Original, Spicy, Garlic, Cracked Black Pepper, and Italian”.
This bag displays two “Glatt Kosher” logos, which implies that the meat used had a higher standard of inspection. Specifically, post slaughter, the animal lungs are examined to determine if they are smooth or defect free.
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Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.aufschnittmeats.com
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